Tele­graph’s ex­perts give their big-match pre­dic­tions

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

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.

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