Rugby World Cup: New Zealand have all the bases covered
New Zealand are 1/9 to win the Rugby World Cup final inside 80 minutes, which goes to show how fancied they are to win a first Webb Ellis Trophy since 1987.
It is difficult to see how the All Blacks could lose the final. They have been the stand-out performers of the tournament, recording no losses, and have already defeated this French side 37-17 in the group stages.
As the home nation and with 24 years of hurt behind them, they will turn up.
Aaron Cruden has been a capable replacement for Dan Carter – although undoubtedly big shoes to fill, he proved resilient to the Australian attack last weekend.
The flair of the French backs may add a different dimension to the game, but Australia are the better side and neither posed a serious threat to the All Blacks.
In Ma’a Nonu (3), Richard Kahui (4), and Israel Dagg (5), the All Blacks have players who have scored multiple tries this tournament. All of them have the potential to make the difference against a tight defence.
Winger Cory Jane is 3/2 to score at any time.
Piri Weepu has kicked 41 points already this tournament. With Aaron Cruden as deputy, they keep the board ticking over – providing a reliable source of points.
Combined, they are 1/6 to score the most points in the game.
Additionally, five of New Zealand’s back seven all play for the Wellington Hurricanes. The interplay between them is solidified on these grounds.
Having trained together more regularly than any international back line, an extra dimension is surely added. Winger Conrad Smith is 16/1 to score two or more tries.
Meanwhile, Australia and New Zealand’s success in recent years has been built on dominating the breakdown.
Richie McCaw, the All Blacks’ inspirational captain, is one of the best open side flankers in the game. His ability to dominate breakdown situations is central to a New Zealand victory. McCaw is 7/1 for man of the match.
His head-to-head display against Australia’s David Pocock, favourite for the IRB player of the year award, suggests that France will have no answers to the All Blacks’ dominance in the break down.