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LONDON---New Zealand became
the first team to retain the Rugby
World Cup after holding off a
second-half comeback by Aus-
tralia to win 34-17 in an absorb-
ing final, capping one of the most
dominant eras in the sport s his-
In probably the last test of his
record-breaking career, flyhalf Dan
Carter steered the All Blacks to a
record third global title --- and first
outside New Zealand --- with a
dropped goal, a penalty, and a
conversion from Beauden Barrett s
breakaway try in the final 10 min-
utes at Twickenham.
Carter finished with 19 points,
and finally played a full part in
an All Blacks World Cup win after
getting injured during the team s
2011 title campaign.
Ma a Nonu s solo try from 40
meters put the All Blacks 21-3
ahead by the 42nd minute, and a
grueling World Cup campaign
looked to have taken its toll on
Yet, Australia took advantage of
a sin-binning for New Zealand
fullback Ben Smith to score tries
through David Pocock and Tevita
Kuridrani in a 10-minute spell and
move within four points of their
neighbors. They were threatening
to pull off the greatest World Cup
Carter saw New Zealand home,
though, to likely end his test career
with 1,598 points. Since the 2011
final, New Zealand has lost only
three of 54 games.
It was a fitting farewell --- if
confirmed --- to international
rugby for All Blacks greats Carter,
captain Richie McCaw, Conrad
Smith, Nonu and replacement
McCaw, playing his 148th test,
set up winger Nehe Milner-Skud-
der for New Zealand s first try,
Carter was unflappable through-
out, and then there was Nonu
with his electric, 40-meter break
that brought the majority of the
80,125-strong full house to its feet.
Wearing a brace on his right
knee, Carter kept his composure
despite being targeted by the Aus-
tralians, with prop Sekope Kepu
downing the All Blacks great twice
in the first half with a late hit and
a high tackle. Kepu avoided the
sin-bin but Carter had the last
The Wallabies had a tough path
to the final --- they ve virtually
been playing knockout rugby since
midway through the pool stage ---
and the final was a game too far.
They defended stoutly and won
plenty of turnover ball as ever,
but barely got out of their own
half in the first half, when they
were hit by game-ending injuries
to inside center Matt Giteau and
lock Kane Douglas.
Milner-Skudder s try just before
halftime was crucial, opening up
a 16-3 lead at halftime for an All
Blacks machine that was con-
stantly getting over the gainline.
Nonu did just that two minutes
after the break with one of the
great tries in a final, collecting
Sonny Bill Williams offload,
bursting through two defenders
and sidestepping another before
holding off Drew Mitchell in a
stretch for the line.
Australia took its first step in
its comeback when Pocock
grounded at the back of an eight-
man rolling maul, after a lineout
earned when Smith was sin-
binned for a dangerous tackle on
Smith returned to action just
after Foley kicked a second con-
version, after he had chased a chip
ahead and offloaded to Kuridrani
to run to the line from 20 meters.
Another World Cup final was
going to the wire but New Zealand
had Carter, who kicked a drop
from 42 meters, sent over a penal-
ty from halfway, and then con-
verted Barrett s last-minute try.
New Zealand became the first team to win
three Rugby World Cups.
New Zealand became the first team to
successfully defend the RWC.
New Zealand extended its tournament
record to 14 straight RWC wins.
Fourteen All Blacks won the RWC for a
second time: Tony Woodcock, Keven
Mealamu, Owen Franks, Ben Franks, Sam
Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw,
Kieran Read, Victor Vito, Dan Carter, Colin
Slade, Ma'a Nonu, Conrad Smith, and Sonny
Bill Williams. They joined previous two-time
winners, Australia's Phil Kearns, Jason
Little, Tim Horan, Dan Crowley and John
Eales, and South Africa's Os du Randt.
Richie McCaw extended a RWC record in
captaining his side for the 13th time.
McCaw extended the world record for test
appearances to 148.
McCaw's 22nd appearance in a RWC match
equaled the record of England's Jason
McCaw became the first player to captain
his side in two triumphant RWC campaigns.
Dan Carter's 19 points were the most by an
All Black in a RWC final, eclipsing Grant
Fox's 17 in 1987.
MILESTONES IN THE FINAL
New Zealand retains Rugby World Cup
...defeats Australia 34-17
New Zealand's captain Richie McCaw holds up the trophy after winning the
Rugby World Cup final against Australia at Twickenham Stadium, London,
yesterday. New Zealand won the match 34-17. AP PHOTO
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