Too big, too strong and, most of all, just too damn clinical. The All Blacks beat the Wallabies 20-6 in the World Cup semifinal last night, and showed they have the muscle and grunt to go with the renowned finesse in the side . . .
Southland Times – ABs trample over Aussies
France versus 4 million, the All Blacks have their date with destiny after surging into the Rugby World Cup final. . .
The Press – Screaming for All Black joy
After living through their city’s devastation, Christchurch residents could
finally scream for joy . . .
Dominion Post – All Blacks reward party faithful at fanzone
Clad in black, with faces painted in silver ferns, a crowd of thousands cheered the All Blacks to victory in Wellington’s fanzone last night . . .
NZ Herald – Epic All Blacks deliver on huge night
Yes we can and yes we did – in style . . .
And not so happy:
The Australian – Wallabies outplayed out smarted all blacked out
THE Wallabies’ World Cup campaign lies buried in the graveyard of Eden Park after they were bundled out of the tournament by the All Blacks last night . . .
Sydney Morning Herald – Great hope of rugby fumbles and bumbles when he was needed most
If that was Quade Cooper’s best game ever, as captain James Horwill fearlessly declared it would be on match eve, then one can only wonder what his worst has been . . .
AND yea, verily, it is written. Though long have our Kiwi cousins walked in the shadow of the Valley of Death, through World Cup loss after World Cup loss, as an entire people plumbed the depths of despair, now, now the hour is upon them. The promised land is now just up ahead around the bend . . .
Peter FitzSimons gets full credit for graciousness in the last column.