NZ fans confident, but nervous

2011-10-20 14:11

Auckland – In an online poll conducted on New Zealand Herald's website revealed that the majority of New Zealanders are quite nervous about the All Blacks chances in the Rugby World Cup final.

53% of the estimated 17 000 participants voted that they are reasonably confident the All Blacks will reclaim the Webb Ellis Cup they won on the very same turf 24 years ago, despite them being instilled as the overwhelming favourites by bookmakers.

However, remarkably, the second highest tally to date has 18% of participants indicating that they are terrified that the French will produce another upset for the books, while 11% voted for a comfortable All Blacks victory and 8% really couldn’t care less what happens on Sunday – which could indicate that there are still a fair few foreigners still in New Zealand for IRB’s jewel on the calendar.

“Thankfully the All Blacks are about the only people in New Zealand not a touch complacent right now.

“Everyone else it seems has already decided the final has been won with others going as far to label the French as the worst finalists of all time,” New Zealand Herald rugby writer, Gregor Paul wrote in his column.

The fact remains that to qualify for the final, a team has to remain unbeaten through the knockout rounds – something the French have done -  and pool results have little or no bearing on the outcome of these matches.

Therefore, Paul suggests that many have confused winning a World Cup with the way a team wins matches instead of the fact that to win matches; a team does not necessarily have to be the most gifted players or carry the best form, as this year’s tournament has proven.

He proceeded to warn the public that their overconfidence could be misinterpreted as arrogance and that it has not been through any luck that the French have made the finals.

“The Wallabies took their semi-final defeat in precisely the right spirit - they were humble, generous and even supportive of the All Blacks in regards to the final - qualities that had previously been lacking.

“New Zealanders could maybe learn something from them. Boastful, uber-confidence is not the Kiwi way.”


  • EJ - 2011-10-20 17:03

    what I dont get is when people call NZ arrogant when it comes to world cups. People outside NZ are usually the ones who never give France a chance aganist the ABs yet when the ABs choke, they suddenly call the ABs arrogant and 'deservingly' losers because 'they' were arrogant. Sounds lke a global epidemic of hypricrosy.

  • Klark - 2011-10-20 21:18

    We are confident but not over confident. I just love this line in the Article The Wallabies took their semi-final defeat in precisely the right spirit - they were humble, generous and even supportive of the All Blacks in regards to the final - qualities that had previously been lacking. What about the Boks they have been the worst sports of any team here, and their fans on here except for a a dozen simply apalling. NZs are actually known for understating themselves not over stating. The Boks ,and their supporters need to grow up in a huge way

      Theprodigy - 2011-10-20 21:42

      Win .... & you have a hollow victory, lose & you will be the laughing stock of the world......either way you lose Superboy

      lindsay.amner - 2011-10-21 02:06

      Prodigy, I think I mentioned already that you shouldn't shout too loudly about hollow victories, but here you're still doing it and therefore making a fool of yourself. The way the world cup is set up the winner will usually only play two of the top ranked sides, usually in the semi and final. IF the All Blacks win, as the No 1 ranked side coming into the tournament, they will have played the No 2 and No 4 ranked sides in the world to do it. This compares rather favourably with the Springboks in 2007 who were ranked No 3 going in and they played Argentina ranked 8 and England ranked 5. Which is more of a hollow victory? Being No 3 and beating No 5 and No 8, or being No 1 and beating No 2 and No 4?

      Nzbro - 2011-10-21 12:10

      lindsay.amner Brilliantly put mate. He will not respond intelligently to that due to his intense consuming bitterness towards the No 1 team. I read somewhere on this site that he lives in an alternative reality so your wise factual words will not compute in his feeble brain. He is totally out of touch with reality.

  • Barry - 2011-10-21 13:00

    Go France !!

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