THREE Things We Learnt From The All Blacks Rugby World Cup Final Victory
The greatest sporting team we have watched in rugby did what noone else has been able to do until now.
New Zealand retained the Rugby World Cup after beating Australia 34-17 at Twickenham in England.
This capped an impressive run which has seen them lose only three matches in test rugby since they clinched their second Web Ellis trophy in 2011. They also became the first team to retain the trophy and then the only team to have won it three times.
Here are three things that we learnt from their performance.
New Zealand play a pure form of rugby. They are a team with 15 amazing top-level athletes who execute their duties with amazing precision. The Dan Carter drop-goal at the beginning of the second half in the semi-final and in the second half of the final were perfect in that he served the purpose of creating the perfect distance in points to make it harder for the opposition to catch up. In life those who dare and are smart about it win.
In the semi-final against South Africa, the All Blacks beat the Boks at their game. The run and grub football as opposed to offloading to the wings meant they suffocated the Boks in the middle. This meant the Boks were constantly pegged back and stuck in their half only to escape for the occasional penalty to make the game look a lot closer than it was. Different situations mean that you change the way you do things to achieve set targets.
The way they play allows individual to express themselves. Prop Joe Moody’s ‘Chicken wing’ off-load for Kerr-Ballow to score under the posts. That’s a prop doing that. The coaching allows players to have the confidence to execute what look like impossible tasks using their flare and fitting that into the bigger narrative. So when working with teams, make sure you empower everyone to bring something special to the table.
Congrats again to the All Blacks. We’re honoured.