How the 2015 RWC final unfolded

19/07/2019 Posted by admin

7th minute: Five-eighth Dan Carter opens the scoring with a penalty to give New Zealand a 3-0 lead.


13th: Five-eighth Bernard Foley levels the scores after the Wallabies secure a scrum penalty. 3-3.

15th: Wallabies lock Kane Douglas forced off the field after falling awkwardly and injuring his left knee in a lineout.

25th: Wallabies centre Matt Giteau forced off with concussion – replaced by Kurtley Beale – after taking a blow to the head when attempting to tackle All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick.

26th: Carter kicks his second penalty following a high shot against him by Wallabies prop Sekope Kepu. New Zealand 6-3.

36th: Carter kicks his third penalty after referee Nigel Owens misses a huge forward pass from All Blacks winger Nehe Milner-Skudder.

39th: Milner-Skudder scores the first try of the game, latching on to Richie McCaw’s pass to crash over in the right corner. Carter kicks the sideline conversion. New Zealand 16-3.


42nd: Centre Ma’a Nonu scores to give New Zealand the perfect start to the second half. Carter’s conversion sails wide. New Zealand 21-3.

53th: Fullback Ben Smith yellow-carded and New Zealand are reduced to 14 men for a lifting tackle on Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell five metres from the tryline.

54th: From the resulting penalty, David Pocock is driven over the line to score the Wallabies’ first try from a rolling maul. Foley kicks the conversion. New Zealand 21-10.

64th: Centre Tevita Kuridrani gets Australia back into the game by finishing off a try started by a Will Genia kick and Foley regather. Foley kicks the conversion. New Zealand 21-17.

65th: Smith returns from the sin bin.

69th: Carter kicks a pressure field goal from 40 metres out to regain momentum for the All Blacks. New Zealand 24-17.

74th: Carter bisects the posts from over 50 metres to put one hand on the Webb Ellis Cup after a scrum infringement against Wallabies replacement prop Greg Holmes. New Zealand 27-17.

78th: Replacement back Beauden Barrett seals victory with runaway try after Smith pounces on a spilt ball from Mitchell and toes it ahead. Carter converts. New Zealand 34-17.

80th: New Zealand become the first nation to win three World Cups and their first on foreign soil.

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