On Sunday in Auckland, the All-Blacks defeated France 8-7.
New Zealand, which won its first World Cup in 1987, got a first half uncoverted try from Tony Woodcock and an early second half penalty from Stephen Donald. France, however made things very interesting in the second half with a try from Thierry Dusautoir that was converted by Francois Trinh-Duc. Despite the French loss, Dusautoir was named man of the match.
You have to be very impressed with New Zealand’s overall team ball possession. They controlled the latter parts of the second half and did not let France to be in position to score the winning points.
New Zealand’s 8-7 win over France was the lowest scoring Rugby World Cup Final in history. The previous lowest scoring game was 18 total points, when Australia beat England 12-6 in 1991.
Donald, who scored the winning points, was only named to the New Zealand squad when Colin Slade withdrew because of a groin injury.