The greatest rugby union rivalry was renewed in the Rugby World Cup 2015. After a hard-fought match, it ended with Springboks defeat to All Blacks. Despite the Springboks physicality, the All Blacks were able to record a 13th straight World Cup win and book a place in the Rugby World Cup 2015 final.
The Springboks had a good defensive line, winning scrum battles, but in truth, they didn’t bring anything to the match. All is evident with the fact that they only scored from conceded penalties, which were actually minor mistakes that the All Blacks did on their end of the field and they sure capitalized on it. Not a single try, conversion, or even a drop goal! The champion of the game amid the pouring rain, was none other than All Blacks greatest fly-half, Daniel Carter, having scored 2 conversions, a penalty, and a drop goal to help his team advance to the final. Furthermore, his presence was felt on the pitch, controlling the half-backs with Captain, Richie McCaw.
It was a poor showing full of ill-discipline by the Boks since even a veteran like Bryan Habana was sin-binned and JP Pietersen failed to stand up and perform for his team. South Africa had the lead but failed to press home their advantage. All their moves and passes were predictable, bashing into contact at every opportunity they had. They literally failed to capitalize on territory and possession.
We all know, South Africa had a narrow win over Wales. Springboks defeat to All Blacks didn’t come as a shocker because of their negative tactics with a limited game plan, trying nothing new and inability to threaten the All Blacks try line at all. At some point, it seemed as if the Springboks were more focused on the concept of losing the Rugby World Cup 2015 than winning it…Only one team tried to play rugby!
South Africa fans do not deserve to watch a third place play-off! South Africa is in mourning, not only because they missed to go to the finals, but also since it is a sad ending to their top try-scorer Bryan Habana, who had gone into the game hoping to become the all-time leading try scorer in the tournament having scored from the pool stage but failed to impact when he was needed most by his team. An afternoon to forget for the Boks!
Full-Time Score: South Africa 18 – New Zealand 20. The All Blacks are through to the final!
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