New Zealand have won the Rugby World Cup 2011, after a brutal 24-year wait!
The Kiwis, known best for their outrageous dances to scare opponents, fought a hard game against France, but managed to pull through to take the title as the best rugby players in the world! They only won by one point, but is their first international title in 24 years, being pipped at the post by the likes of South Africa and Oceanic neighbours Australia. France, who in the past have struggled in rugby, were predicted to win, and looked like they were going to, until FrancoisTrinh-Duc missed a penalty.
After the full-time whistle, and New Zealanders had realised that they won, for the first time since the original World Cup, there was an uproar at Eden Park. The suggested 2 million watching at home (that’s half the whole population of New Zealand!) went out into the streets in celebration.
However, the drama taking place during the game was obvious, with both sides making mistakes early on, which could have been avoided easily. Their nervousness spread through the crowd as well, as over time the crowd seemed to quieten, right until the end when the teams were just one try in it. The 60,000 watching right from the stands were split nearly evenly, despite the fact that French supporters had to travel thousands of miles, when the final was held in Auckland!
Congratulations to the New Zealand team, and all their supporters around the world! And commiserations to France, losing in such a tight game.
New Zealand 8 – 7 France.
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