Now it’s official, Wallabies against All Blacks next Sunday for world cup trophy. Australia and New Zealand have always seemed to have a friendly rivalry over almost anything, but this Rugby World Cup 2015 will be a different one particularly for Aussie. Oddly enough, Australia likes to beat New Zealand because they can’t manage to do that often and they want to do it now in front of the massive crowd, they want to beat ABs in spectacular fashion.
All Blacks vs Wallabies matches have been around since 1903. This was the first ever match, held in New South Wales. The New Zealanders have won 8 of the last 11 matches which they have been played.
In that first match, New Zealand won by 22 – 3. Since then, the scores are 105 New Zealand to 42 Australia, with 7 drawn from 154 matches.
So, on that note, Australia’s hopes to win this round are not exactly hot. Although they squeaked to a narrow and rather a controversial win over Scotland and recently won against rookie Argentina, it will be a great task to defeat the men in black.
So far this year, Julian Savea, for New Zealand, has 8 tries scored in the lead and Israel Folau is the top pick of the Wallabies. Folau was once a Rugby League player but has made a successful transition to rugby.
Before this Rugby Cup, they tried and tested each other in Bledisloe Cup and New Zealand put paid to the Wallabies by winning the Cup. The result was 41 – 13 in favour of the All Blacks. The match was won by sheer strength. Eden Park has not been a good playing area for the Wallabies, but that was not their only excuse for simply playing a lousy game. New Zealand was clinical all over the place.
Experts predicted before that New Zealand is at odds of 8/13 to win the World Cup, while Australia is 31/10. South Africa is next at 8/1 while Argentina is 16/1. Though Australia beat Argentina, they do seem to drop concentration when the chips are down.
So, again, these two teams will meet again in the final and it will be interesting to see who cracks first. These are always interesting matches, but if the Wallabies can keep their minds on what they are doing, then they may spring an upset, as no one can genuinely see the All Blacks being beaten.