And then there were two…

Written by armand. Posted in All Blacks, Rugby World Cup 2011 News, Trivia

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Published on October 21, 2011 with No Comments

Thus the rugby world cup is drawing to to a close. As I am posting this, Australia is challenging Wales for the soon-to-be-forgotten title of Third at the cup. That’s worse than saying “from all who lost, I was the first”. This will be remembered as a slick, entertaining and mostly incident free world cup (Bryce Lawrence was not an incident, he was a disaster)

No World Champion has ever won the Web Ellis cup  after losing a pool match. Hence, with France being on the wrong side of the scoresheet twice, you would be forgiven for not betting on the Les Blues Cocks…

Here are some fun factoids for the match thanks to Front Row Grunt:

– New Zealand qualified for their first RWC final in 16 years, joining France, who are in their first for 12 years.
– New Zealand beat Australia in an RWC match for the first time from three attempts.
– The 14-point deficit was Australia’s largest ever RWC knockout match loss.
– New Zealand’s 14-point win was their narrowest in six RWC matches at Eden Park.
– Australia joined France and New Zealand as the only teams to have lost multiple RWC semi-finals.
– Australia lost an RWC knockout match against a Tri Nations opponent for the first time, having previously won four in succession.
– There were no conversions kicked in either RWC 2011 semi-final. This is the first time this has happened at an RWC.
– The two tries scored in the semi-finals of RWC 2011 is the equal lowest total at that stage of the competition, alongside the RWC 1991 semi-finals.
– New Zealand became the seventh team to open the scoring in a Rugby World Cup semi-final with a try. All seven have gone on to win the match.
– Australia lost an RWC match in which they kicked a drop goal for the first time since the 1987 third place play-off loss to Wales.
– Ma’a Nonu’s try was his eighth against the Wallabies, equalling the All Blacks record.
– Richie McCaw played against Australia for the 26th time, breaking the All Blacks record he had shared with Mils Muliaina.
– Graham Henry coached a team in a Rugby World Cup match for the 15th time, breaking Bernard Laporte’s record with France. Henry coached Wales in their four matches at RWC 1999 and the All Blacks in five matches at RWC 2007 and six at RWC 2011.
– South African Craig Joubert refereed his sixth match of RWC 2011. He is the first official to take charge of six matches at one RWC.
– Aaron Cruden’s drop goal was New Zealand’s second of the tournament. RWC 1995 is the only previous edition of the competition at which the All Blacks kicked more than one drop goal.
– Piri Weepu’s third penalty brought up New Zealand’s 2000th Rugby World Cup point. They are the first team to reach that mark. They finished the match with 2004 points.
– Quade Cooper’s drop goal brought up Australia’s 1400th RWC point. They finished the match with 1402 points, which is second to New Zealand.
– Richie McCaw started a Test for the 96th time, breaking the All Blacks record he shared with Mils Muliaina.
– Brad Thorn advanced his record as the oldest All Black to play at a Rugby World Cup to 36 years and 255 days.
– Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith started in the centres together for the 34th time, extending their All Blacks record.
– The All Blacks defeated Australia in New Zealand for the 50th time.

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