The Rugby World Cup 2015 started off on a high note with most conspicuous teams; New Zealand (All Blacks), France, Ireland, South Africa, Argentina, Scotland and Australia all showing their strength and possibilities of winning the series. But all eyes were focused to All Blacks Team, their performances have been excellent. After demolishing the French Team, they are now marching in semi-finals. Can they replicate their 2011 success?
2015 Rugby World Cup had four pools namely; Pool A, Pool B, Pool C and Pool D.
Pool A had Australia, Fiji, Wales, Uruguay and England. From pool A the results were as follows; Australia lead the group with 17 points, followed by Wales which had 13 points total, then England with 11 points, Fiji with 5 points and lastly, Uruguay with 0 points.
In Pool B, South Africa with 16 points, Scotland 14 points, Japan 12 points, Samoa 6 points and lastly the USA with 0 points.
Pool C had New Zealand with 19 points, Argentina 15 points, Georgia 8 points, Tonga 6 points and lastly Namibia 1 point.
In Pool D, Ireland with 18 points, France with 14 points, Italy with 10 points, Romania with 4 points and Canada with 2 points. The quarter finals results were very interesting. A look at the results revealed the following; Wales 19 – 23 South Africa, New Zealand 62 – 13 France, Ireland 20 – 43 Argentina and Australia 35 – 34 Scotland.
The most anticipated match thereafter will be a semi-final between South Africa and New Zealand on 24th October at 16.00. This will see the most entertaining teams of all time going head to head in a thrilling match. The remaining semi-final fixture will see the winner of quarter-final 3 meeting the winner of quarter-final 4 on 25th at 16.00.
In the group games, All Blacks had a challenging group game against one of the toughest teams, Australia. All Blacks came from behind to win the match 26 – 16 against Australia. Their statistics against Australia shows All Blacks are far much ahead of them. They have recorded a high percentage of wins and more recent statistics also indicates All Blacks to be on the spearhead with the last of their 10 games, Australia has only managed to defeat them once.
The most enchanting game of all time is coming where All Blacks will face one of their bitter rivals, South Africa on 24th of October at 1600hrs. The overall summary of the two teams clearly indicates All Blacks to be on the forefront of winning the game. Statistics never lie; All Blacks have won 30 – 9 of their 41 encounters. Out of their very recent games, Springboks of South Africa have only managed to win 2 out of 10 encounters. With the current squad in All Blacks, the statistics seemingly will be retained and most probably, All Blacks of New Zealand will go ahead and win the title come finals.
In-depth analysis of this match takes us to checking statistics of All Blacks against other tough teams such as Argentina and Scotland. Statistics against Argentina depicts All Blacks as the favorites. They have played a total of only 22 games in the history of rugby games out of which Argentina has won none. The best result Argentina managed against All Blacks is a draw. That was back in 1985. All blacks have had very clear wins against Argentina in the history of Rugby games.
In comparison to their opponents, Springboks of South Africa, statistics against Argentina, Springbok is ahead of them with 19 wins out of 21 games played. Argentina has only won 1 game in the history. Springboks also come out as the strongest against Scotland. Out of 26 games played in history, Springbok has won 21 games and their counterparts have only managed to secure 5 wins. South Africa seems to pose a very tough match against All Blacks.
The match between All Blacks and Springboks is one in history. It will be rewritten again and again in history books of games. A look at some interesting encounters between All Blacks and Springbok can be accessed in the YouTube describes the encounter of all time between the two sides. It was a game one would not keep off eyeballs from watching.
The encounter between Springboks vs. All Blacks will be one in a million years. It will definitely show the world which team is the toughest of all in history. All Blacks will not let the moment go off hand as they have been showing in previous matches. Truly, should be Rugby World Cup 2015 belong to All Blacks.