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New Zealand, which many call the greatest team ever, beat arch rival Australia 34-17 to win their second consecutive Rugby World Cup before a packed house at Twickenham. Ahead 16-3 at the break, and then 21-3 in the second half, the All Blacks seemed destined for an easy second period and the chance to hoist the William Webb Ellis trophy. But the Wallabies scored on a push over try with New Zealand a man down to make it 21-10. Then the Aussies kicked ahead, ball gained, and another try to narrow the gap to 21-17. Was the tide turning with only another try to put the Wallabies ahead? But the resilient Dan Carter, kicked a drop goal to lengthen the score 24-17, and the pressure mounted, as the Wallabies would need a try and a conversion to tie. Onward came Australia, but within meters from the try line, a fortuitous All Black interception by Ben Smith led to a long, clearing kick downfield as Beauden Barrett outraced the Aussie defenders for the try. Conversion made it 31-17, and, the end of Australia's chances for a comeback.
Remember, that since the RWC 2011, the All Blacks lost only three matches in 59 games (54-3-2), one each to England, South Africa, and England in a display of test match dominance.
New Zealand become the first nation to win three rugby world cups. All praise to the All Blacks.