New Zealand reached the final after remaining undefeated in the pool stage, after beating Argentina in the quarterfinals and Australia in the semifinals. Overall it was the best team in this rugby World Cup and the only doubt left is that players might choke facing the pressure of an entire nation that wants the Rugby World Cup.
France reached the final after struggling in the group stage, losing to New Zealand and Tonga then defeating England in the quarterfinals and Wales, which however played three quarters of the match in 14, in the semifinals. If it’s given a chance to win it’s because in the past France defeated New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup against the odds.
The final begins even before the match starts when the All Blacks do the haka “Kapa O Pango” and the French come closer to them in defiance. The match is very intense with clashes hard among the players but within the rules. New Zealand scores a try at minute fifteen with Tony Woodcock but Piri Weepu misses the conversion. French player Morgan Parra has to be replaced because of an injury in the face suffered trying to tackle an opponent after he tried to keep on playing. The All Black Aaron Cruden has to be replaced because of an injury to his knee. The first half ends with a 5-0 lead for New Zealand but Piri Weepu missed two penalty kicks.
In the second half Stephen Donald becomes the designated kicker and scores a penalty kick at minute fortysix. After about a minute France scoring a try with Thierry Dusautoir following an interception with the conversion by Francois Trinh-Duc. The All Blacks struggle but the French cann’t take advantage of the situation and the match goes on until the end with no more scorings. New Zealand wins 8-7 by conquering the Rugby World Cup 2011.
New Zealand has really struggled in the second half, failing to produce its high-speed game, but France has failed to do enough to win. Eventually the best team won this World Cup and conquered the title again after 24 years. Congratulations to New Zealand!