New Zealand to be crowned World Champions!
Yes, you did read correctly! I am a week early, but I am 100 percent sure that the All Blacks will win the World Cup for the first time since 1987 when they also played the French on home soil. The French were extremely lucky to get past a 14-man Welsh team who really played their hearts out. The Dragons were dealt a very cruel blow when their captain, Sam Warburton, was shown a red card in the 10th minute of the game.
I know that the rules state that you are not allowed to "spear tackle" an opponent, but I really don't think the incident deserved a red card. In his defence, he let Vincent Clerk go once he was in the air and he didn't follow through by putting his shoulder into him when he hit the ground. I really think that the referee and the touch judge should have spoken about it and shown him a yellow card. That very incident had a major bearing on the outcome of the game and the French held on to win by one point.
Playing their hearts out
Four minutes from time, the Welsh were awarded a penalty on the halfway line and up stepped Leigh Halfpenny, who has been nothing short of brilliant this whole World Cup. His kick was dead on line and on its way to winning the game for the Dragons. Unfortunately for him, it dipped under the crossbar and the French hung on to win the game. The Welsh players were shattered after the game, and understandably so. This was their opportunity to make history and it was taken away from them by one decision.
A better game and a better final
So history is repeated as New Zealand face France in the World Cup final, as it was 24 years ago. If my memory serves me correctly it was a comfortable win for the All Blacks and I am sure this game will deliver the same result. I will be very happy for the All Blacks and the New Zealand nation as a whole, as they have waited a very long time for this victory. I will also be happy for Richie McCaw who is a great guy and a true legend of the game.
About Corné Krige
Corné Krige; former captain of the Springboks has had a successful rugby career, playing 39 tests for South African in total of 18 of which were as Captain as well as leading the Springboks in the World Cup in 2003. Corné now lives in Melkbosstrand with his wife Justine and three children. He owns his own company, CK Outdoor which specializes in Outdoor Advertising and is sports contributor to Bizcommunity's BizLifestyle section.