After six weeks of bone-crunching action Twickenham is the venue for the 2015 Rugby World Cup final on Saturday afternoon where New Zealand will take on neighbours Australia for the Webb Ellis Cup, looking to achieve the previously unachievable.
Should the All Blacks defeat the Wallabies in this classic Antipodean rugby rivalry, then they would become the first side in the competition’s history to successfully defend their crown.
Some people are hailing the current New Zealand vintage as the greatest rugby union team of all time and although Australia are one of the few teams to have defeated them since their march to the 2011 title on home soil, it’s hard to disagree with that label, or their tag as favourites for the match.
Topping the toughest Pool in the competition’s history containing England and Wales was no mean feat for Australia, who are certainly not in the final by luck.
However, whereas chinks in New Zealand’s armour are virtually non-existence, the Wallabies were almost stunned by Scotland in the quarters and any vulnerability is likely to be exposed by the team which routed them 41-13 back in August.
Given the stage and the stakes, this contest is likely to be far tighter than the most recent edition of the most played out rivalry in international rugby union.
As the below graphic shows, when it comes to the vital statistics during their respective marches to the final, this is an All Blacks team that has edged Australia in virtually every key area of their game.
New Zealand therefore get the Ladbrokes News seal of approval to defeat the Aussies with a -6 handicap, at 1/1.
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