Head-to-heads

The Daily Telegraph - Rugby World Cup - - Sport Rugby World Cup 2015 -

1 The sec­ond rows Kane Dou­glas and Rob Sim­mons have been great line-out de­fend­ers for Aus­tralia and will need to be on top of their game to deny Sam White­lock and Brodie Re­tal­lick the clean ball that is so im­por­tant for their at­tack. No one has re­ally man­aged to get into New Zealand in this area. Re­tal­lick is get­ting back to the form that made him World Player of the Year last sea­son. 2 Dan Carter v Bernard Fo­ley Goal-kick­ing is an area of ad­van­tage for New Zealand; Carter is the best in the busi­ness. He has a bit more dis­tance to of­fer than Fo­ley, who has had some real highs in this World Cup, no­tably against England, but he has also had a cou­ple of rough patches. He did so against Scot­land yet then hit the win­ner. Called The Ice­man for his abil­ity to nail pres­sure kicks, as he did for Michael Cheika’s Waratahs to clinch the 2015 Su­per Rugby ti­tle. Carter is in prime form, even knock­ing over a dropped goal against South Africa at a crit­i­cal time. 3 Sekope Kepu v Joe Moody The scrum has not been known as an area of strength for Aus­tralian rugby, but the All Blacks have had to sum­mon loose­head prop Joe Moody into ac­tion fol­low­ing the ham­string in­jury to vet­eran Tony Wood­cock and a groin prob­lem for Wayne Crock­ett. A great deal will rest on his abil­ity to deal with the pres­sure of a World Cup fi­nal in what will be just his 11th Test ap­pear­ance.

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