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All Blacks are best - media

2011-10-24 11:35

Sydney - International media heaped generous praise on New Zealand on Monday after they shed their hated "choker" tag and eased the pain of recent deadly disasters with a nail-biting Rugby World Cup final victory.

"Haka! That's the sound of the All Blacks clearing their throats to win the World Cup after 24 years of choking," said the Sydney Morning Herald's main sports page, after the All Blacks' narrow 8-7 win over France.

"Long dark cloud lifts as All Blacks claim World Cup," said another Herald headline, while Hong Kong's South China Morning Post read: "Chokers? We're the champions".

New Zealand's razor-thin victory at Eden Park sparked raucous celebrations in the country of four million, which has long dominated world rugby but had failed to lift the Webb Ellis Cup since 1987.

The country was also hit by one of its worst mining disasters last November, and in February, a major earthquake in Christchurch killed 181 people and shattered infrastructure including a World Cup stadium.

And New Zealand's rugby-mad public, who are also battling an economic slowdown, suffered an anxious six weeks before the All Blacks, hot favourites throughout, finally emerged unbeaten and holding the golden trophy.

Sydney's Daily Telegraph called it "Black Magic" while many newspapers paid tribute to France, who defied their legion of critics to come within a whisker of causing the tournament's greatest upset.

Mick Cleary, writing in the London Telegraph, said it was the best final yet in seven editions of the World Cup.

"The wait is over, but my word how the whole of New Zealand had to live on its nerves to see their precious All Blacks claim their first World Cup in 24 years," he wrote.

"France were simply magnificent, from the moment they advanced on the haka in an arrow-shaped formation with the captain Thierry Dusautoir at the front, they defied every prediction that they would be a soft touch.

"They were resolute, unyielding and hell-bent on taking the game to New Zealand in the best World Cup final ever."

British tabloid The Sun said: "Rarely has such a coveted prize been won with such an unconvincing display. But the All Blacks were the best team over the tournament, winning all their seven games."

In Japan, which will host the World Cup in 2019, columnist Mitsuo Kamiya said authorities urgently needed to raise rugby's profile to match the passionate support seen in New Zealand.

"Japan have missed a golden opportunity to popularise the sport," he wrote in the Yukan Fuji tabloid. "It would be difficult to make the World Cup in Japan a success, unless the union's executives change their mentality."

For The Guardian's Robert Kitson, it was simply the fear of failure that drove the All Blacks to their win.

"Some World Cups are won by a flash of genius or a moment of defensive confusion," he wrote in the British newspaper.

"This one simply boiled down to the All Blacks' fear of walking off their favourite field as beaten finalists in a game they were expected to win by the length of the North Island."

AFP

Comments
  • Mark - 2011-10-24 11:44

    Win a World Cup AWAY from home...and then talk about the best !!

      Rich - 2011-10-24 12:12

      You've only got three tri nations titles to go with your two world cups. We've got ten!! thats right ten. Long way to go aye!!Haha

      Alan - 2011-10-24 12:14

      Dunno about that - I was pretty proud of the 95 Boks winning at home, and it's always fantastic for the atmosphere of the RWC if the host nation reaches the final. I am also not convinced that it is easier for a home nation to get to the final - in each game there is extra pressure on the home team, plus a heck of a lot of opposing supporters from all the other nations.

      Kurt - 2011-10-24 12:16

      Don't be a hater... Springboks did not do to well.... Give credit where credit is due, they are the best team in the world.....

      Razz - 2011-10-24 12:23

      @Mark. The PROTEAS only won 1 WC away from home. So you do not have a proud record about winning away from home. The ALL BLACK - 2011 WORLD CHAMPS are by far a better team than the PROTEAS. WE WON 6 OUT OF THE LAST 7 MATCHES AGAINST YOU.

      Johan - 2011-10-24 12:59

      Agree...Razz...!!. ..All Blacks = Champions....!! .....Protea-tugby-team = losers....!!!

      Adeeb - 2011-10-24 13:17

      this is the BOKS new argument to stand by...so what if we win the cup in 2015, what you gonna say then??? call us chokers, cheats bla bla bla we dont resort to cheap shots... Guess what you failed in the QF`s and we won the CUP...

      Bob - 2011-10-24 21:47

      @ mark ......LOL sour grapes matey.......how does this sound? ALLBLACKS 2011 RUGBY WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS........what a sweet sound

  • Nzbro - 2011-10-24 12:03

    Ko Kapa o Pango e ngunguru nei! ( THIS DEFINES US AS THE ALL BLACKS )

      Alan - 2011-10-24 12:26

      what does "ko kapa....." mean?

      Barry - 2011-10-24 19:09

      @ Alan. ...It means "Bless you"

  • Chris - 2011-10-24 12:11

    Well done, All Blacks have been miles ahead of other teams for the past few years. 2015 is going to be very interesting though, both SA and Australia are building young sides with some huge talent... I'm looking forward to the next 4 years of Bok rugby.

      Alan - 2011-10-24 12:21

      Yip - I think that sums it up pretty well.

  • Rich - 2011-10-24 12:27

    Mark, another thing. NZ have never been beaten by Ireland and Scotland. Have the Boks??? in fact if you take into consideration the super rugby titles - SA are miles behind NZ rugby. SA have a 65% winning record - we have 75% and I believe it's 85% under Graham Henry. Pretty hard to argue really.

  • Razz - 2011-10-24 12:28

    @ Mark. Firstly, the ALL BLACKS are a better team than the PROTEAS. The AB won the last 6 out of the 7 matches againt your PROTEAS. The PROTEAS only have 1 away WC title, so your statement does carry any weight.

      Alan - 2011-10-24 12:44

      We back to cricket?

      Lanfear - 2011-10-24 13:46

      Hmm, where does all this "Proteas" come from all of a sudden?! Our national *cricket* team is called the Proteas, not the rugby team which is still referred to as the Springboks or more usually by the abbreviated 'boks.

      Gungets - 2011-10-24 15:15

      Razz - the All Blacks have only ever won the RWC at home. Don't go there.

      Felix - 2011-10-24 18:44

      Well done to the 'black caps'. Bragging rights for the next four years, and only four years, as the next WC won't be in NZ. I suppose the reason you keep mocking us is that there's nothing else to say about that puny little excuse of land that sits at the bottom right of the world map, almost out of sight, exactly where it should be. By the way, I suggest you go thank Bryce personally since he saved your 'nation' great embarrasment at the hands of the mighty Boks

  • Dianne - 2011-10-24 13:25

    I still say AB's didn't play a "champion" final. slipped in under the wire against the French. I did enjoy the British newspaper saying: some World cups are won by a flash of genius or a moment of defensive confusion". Yesterday was no flash of genius.

      Lanfear - 2011-10-24 13:43

      So what? They still won and they have consistently been the no. 1 rugby team on the world rankings for what, two years now? They have won more games against the Boks than lost. They have won many more tri-nations than either us or the Aussies. They consistently win against the six-nations countries. And so forth. Their record speaks for itself. I am very happy for them, they deserved it! But it is also true that the French played a fantastic game in the final and that the ABs battled to win the game on the day.

      Kevin - 2011-10-25 03:00

      And what was it for the boks 4 yrs ago?

  • Theprodigy - 2011-10-24 13:39

    ...at cheating,..

      Lanfear - 2011-10-24 13:47

      Sour grapes...

      Theprodigy - 2011-10-24 14:24

      Im not French, you idiot...

      tim.hickson1 - 2011-10-24 22:31

      Na but you're a Saffa and you lost in the quarters and have no trophies in your cabinet

  • Gungets - 2011-10-24 14:11

    They are the best - I saw it being engraved on the trophy. The only thing I did not see on the trophy was a "remarks column", so I guess there is no argument. All Blacks - see you in 2015 in England. Till then, it has been said, done and dusted. I am sure all rugby fans hope to see a radical adjustment to the laws of rugby to make it more understandable, more easily reffed and that it will lead to the kind of spectacle everyone wants to see. All the changes in the last 8 years have lead to nothing more than the rather dour defensive mud-wrestling that we have seen since 1987. 5 tries - just 5 tries in World Cup finals in all that time. Let's change.

  • Barry - 2011-10-24 15:10

    New Zealand maybe the best over time as history shows us. On Sunday they were not the best. France were. Still contrats to NZ.

      Bob - 2011-10-24 21:40

      GO THE MIGHTY ALL BLACKS...... 2011 RUGBY WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS .

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