Telegraph’s experts give their big-match predictions
The good thing from my point of view is that the two best teams in the tournament have reached the final. The players have to go out and earn it: I think Australia will. An extra day’s rest for New Zealand could be crucial in the last 20 minutes. Dan Carter’s kicking from tee and hand could be the defining factor. The All Blacks have just that little bit more in so many areas of the field and above all never, ever give up. They will find a way to see off a spirited Wallaby side. When Dan Carter dropped a goal in the second half against South Africa that was the moment that flipped it for me. Dropped goals have a habit of being useful in a World Cup final.
The key players for me are David Pocock and Bernard Foley to stop New Zealand playing the game they want. Otherwise Dan Carter will rule, and that will be vital. Experience will be key with the All Blacks having World Cup winners in their side. That said, Australia have the capability to beat them. Finals are rarely classics and I don’t see this being an exception. The focus is on the breakdown but Dan Carter’s superior goal kicking may prove the difference. I do not think we have seen New Zealand’s best performance of this tournament yet but I think we have seen Australia’s – their defeat of England. While Michael Cheika’s side are unrecognisable from the indisciplined mob he inherited last year, the All Blacks have too much nous and composure.