Rugby World Cup Final Preview

Photo Credit: Wallabies / Twitter

Photo Credit: Wallabies / Twitter

It might not ‘stop the nation’ like Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup but tomorrow morning’s Rugby World Cup Final between the Wallabies and the All Blacks will certainly have Australia waking up on Sunday morning in go-slow mode.

Along with half of New Zealand living here the Gold Coast has more than its fair share of passionate aussie Union supporters and they will all be either waking up at stupid o’clock or attempting the all-nighter in order to be part of World Cup history.


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That’s right, whoever wins at Twickenham tomorrow morning, one nation will stand above all others as the only country to have won 3 Webb-Ellis Trophy’s.

But who will it be? Australia or New Zealand?

Let’s find out shall we…

Wallabies

Pro’s

  • All Blacks are chokers outside Eden Park (that’s right, I said it)
  • Wallabies flankers are more mobile and more dominant
  • Losing can never take away the fact we have way better beaches and weather.

 

X Factor

Has to be Izzy. As much as I love SBW, Israel Folau has the potential to go to a higher level of awesome than anyone else on that footy field, and will need to.

Ran great unrewarded ‘team’ lines against Los Pumas that pulled in the opposition wingers but a World Cup Final is no place for your superstar to be running decoy lines – if the team plan isn’t ‘pass to Izzy’ then it bloody well should be.

Where they win it

For mine it is all about the flankers for Australia.

The impact of Pocock, Hooper and Fardy will be instrumental in any Australian victory and if they don’t turn up with career best games Australia can’t win.

All Blacks

Pro’s

  • Better backline
  • Better Bench
  • More experience
  • More talent
  • Completely balanced side with no real weakness
  • …damn

X Factor

Ma’a Nonu! Yep, that’s right, for the better part of a decade he has been a walking knock on/forward pass/poor option/loose carry but Campese help me, the man has found his best in this World Cup.

Says a lot that he is keeping footy’s most famous acronym SBW out of the starting 15.

If he plays to his potential and actually helps rather than hinders the All Black backline to click into 5th gear then it’s all she wrote for the Wallabies.

Where they win it

The All Black old timers posse of Carter, McCaw, Mealamu, Smith and Nonu and co are eyeing the history books and winning a World Cup on foreign soil will be a kiwi-first.

I really fear the pre-tournament talk that a few of the All Blacks  have  gone the way of Roger Murtaugh will come back to bite Australia the way the ‘dads army’ talk ended up backfiring on Blues supporters during the state of origin.

At the end of the day some of these guys are living legends of the game and should be banked on to leave their absolute best for their last 80minutes of footy.

Final thoughts

It could be more a hope than cold hard form analysis but I think that with 20 minutes to go the wallabies will still be within striking distance.

If the All Blacks can dominate field position and negate the Wallabies (Pocock) at the breakdown, I think the last 20mins will be a kiwi try-fest that could set Aussie rugby back a few years and cost a few Wallabies their careers, but if the Wallabies can stay with the All Blacks there is no doubt that they have the top end talent to rip the heart out of New Zealand with a late match-winning try.

Prediction

New Zealand beats Australia 30 – 18

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