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New Zealand beats Australia to win Rugby World Cup

Julian Bristow/For Steamboat Today

— The New Zealand All Blacks clinically dissected the Australian Wallabies to win the 2015 Rugby World Cup 34-17 in perfect conditions at a packed Twickenham Stadium on Saturday in London.

Both nations were playing in their fourth final with two titles each and are no strangers to the big stage of the World Cup and delivered a match of pure quality.

A RWC final can be a dour affair, with defense being integral. However, both teams displayed southern hemisphere flair and attacked each other at every opportunity.

Five trys scored, one yellow card issued, 23 clean line breaks, 900 meters gained on attack and more than 230 tackles made, this was the Super Bowl on steroids.

The Wallabies were dealt early blows with Kane Douglas and Matt Giteau sent to the bench injured early in the first half, while Kieran Read for the All Blacks played most of the match with a high ankle sprain, which did impact his work-rate and power at the set piece. However, it was the power of the black pack, its superior fitness and its X-factor reserves bench that proved too much for the gallant Wallabies.

Ahead 16-3 at the break, New Zealand was issued a yellow card early in the second half for a dangerous tackle, Australia seized the moment, swung the momentum and scored 14 points while fullback Ben Smith was in the sin bin. However, once the men in black were restored to 15, they rallied, composed themselves and put the foot down on the tiring Wallabies.

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A drop goal from the educated left boot of Dan Carter, playing his last test in black, and a break-out try to Bauden Barrett from a Ben Smith assist sealed the deal, and the All Blacks etched its name in rugby history with a third title and back-to-back glory.

What an event. More than 2.47 million fans bought tickets to the 48 games of the RWC. More than 250 million tuned in to watch the final on TV, with an estimated viewing audience in the U.S. of 1.4 million, as NBC covered the matches live.

Steamboat Springs local lad and USA Eagle Chris Baumann was there, and demonstrated how well Americans could do at this global event. If you are interested in rugby, contact your local club. Steamboat is fortunate to have a men’s, women’s and Old Boys team, and with your support a strong youth following could be built. I dare you, try rugby, the game they play in heaven.

Julian Bristow is the coach of the Steamboat Springs Rugby Club and will be following the Rugby World Cup for Steamboat Today.