Australia claimed the bronze with a 20-18 win over Wales in this Rugby World Cup’s second last match last night.
I’m pleased the Southern Hemisphere team won and I’ll be even happier if the south beats the north tomorrow.
Twenty teams started the tournament six weeks ago, now there are just two left, the All Blacks and Les Bleus, who will play in the final.
On paper the All Blacks are the stronger team but the French are unpredictable.
They’ve beaten us before and could do it again so I’m pleased to read that Rich McCaw and his team understand there are no guarantees for the All Blacks.
While the All Blacks captain knows exactly what rugby’s greatest prize looks like, he has never laid a hand on it.
“I don’t think you should touch it until you’ve earned it,” he said.
On the eve of the big match against France, that may well change for the 30-year-old.
For McCaw, however, Sunday night’s clash at Eden Park is all about the men who wear the All Blacks jersey with him.
“It’s not about personal stuff,” he said. “It’s about this team having an opportunity and not wasting it. Going out and performing, playing the best game we’ve ever played in a World Cup final. That’s the opportunity that’s there and from our point of view we don’t want to let that slip by.”
They’ve got preparation and determination, we’ve all got optimism and hope but there will be no certainty until the final whistle blows.