New Zealand and Australia to compete in Rugby World Cup finals

Ella Burge

South African player Francois Louw walks off the field after losing to New Zealand. Louw has scored 15 points this world cup, has an 88 percent tackle success and has carried 102 meters (335 feet).
South African player Francois Louw walks off the field after losing to New Zealand on Saturday. Louw has scored 15 points this world cup, has an 88 percent tackle success and has carried 102 meters (335 feet).

It doesn’t come as a surprise to rugby fans that New Zealand and Australia will be taking on the Rugby World Cup (RWC) finals tomorrow.

New Zealand, known as the “All Blacks” for their all black attire, entered the RWC ranked first. Several of their players ranked first as well. Julian Savea holds first place for most tries scored, when a player grounds the ball across the goal line. Daniel Carter also holds first for most conversions, when a player successfully kicks the ball through the upright goal.

The “All Blacks” dominated through the quarter finals, winning by landslides against Namibia (58-14), Georgia (43-10), Tonga (47-9) and France (62-13).

South Africa, ranked second, held their own against the “All Blacks” through the rainy semi-finals and even lead by the end of the first half but ultimately lost by two points last Saturday.

Australia's Adam Ashley-Cooper brings down the ball for a possession. Cooper has scored 4 tries. 20 points total and has 81 percent success in tackling.
Australia’s Adam Ashley-Cooper brings down the ball for a possession. Cooper has scored four tries, 20 points total and has 81 percent success in tackling.

Australia, or the Wallabies, have also won all of their RWC games, but didn’t exhibit the same initial success as the “All Blacks.” The Wallabies beat Wales by nine points (15-6) and Scotland by only one (35-34). Bernard Foley holds the fourth place spot for most points scored, most penalties scored and most conversions.

The Wallabies had a slow start in Sunday’s semi-final against eighth ranked Argentina, but turned it around during the second half, taking the win 29 to 15.

The “All Blacks” have scored 256 points total, 36 of which were tries, totaling to a 42 percent scoring average. The Wallabies fell behind in scoring with only 205 points scored, 26 of which were tries, totaling to a 34 percent scoring average.

Australia also only holds 15 conversions to New Zealand’s 26 but have scored 15 penalties, to the “All Blacks” seven.

No matter the numbers, tomorrow holds a tough match for this year’s Rugby World Cup finalists.

Photos and statistics courtesy of rugbyworldcup.com