2019 Rugby World Cup Review – A Sad End for the All Blacks
The All Blacks are New Zealand’s national rugby team. They have thousands and thousands of fans within the country. Although they are unrivalled champions, during the 2019 championship they failed to win the cup.
In 2019, South Africa managed to win the Rugby World Cup for the third time. During the inaugural visit of the Webb Ellis Cup to Asia, many important things happened.
The Winning Team
No doubt the South African team made history by being the first to win the Webb Ellis, the Rugby Championship, and the World Cup all in the same year. Although the Springboks lost a game in the opening match to New Zealand, they were able to win the tournament.
Although their brand of rugby was not as popular, they did well and took the win. This team will surely continue to surprise in the future.
The Big Surprise
The big surprise was Japan. Despite having a hard time with Typhoon Hagibis, they were able to get up and put up a fight. Over the last two editions, they’ve beaten South Africa and Ireland, countries that have a great weight in this championship. Japan is growing in stature, and we need to keep an eye on their next steps.
The Big Game
England vs New Zealand was an exciting match. The quality they showed was impeccable. From the start, England stayed on top and had to stay strong to avoid losing what they had been doing. They won 19-12 against Ireland and showed what they are made of.
Japan’s victory over Scotland was the best moment of the cup. Despite what was seen happening in the Asian country, Japan gave its best. That’s how they were able to make it to the playoffs for the first time.
Volunteers and staff worked day and night to ensure that the match could be played in the best possible conditions. There is no doubt that Japan once again proved to be a great nation. Its citizens showed their respect during the national anthem.
England’s reaction to New Zealand’s Hakam a moment that must not be forgotten. Although it was branded as disrespectful to many, it was a moment of many mixed emotions.
Perenara’s attempt to win was wonderful. Although the All Blacks are the perennial champions with a huge following, Perenara managed to earn respect. Brad Weber earned a good place by making a wonderful play.
The Best Player
The player of the tournament was Siya Kolisi. He became the first black player to lift the Webb Ellis trophy. Semi Radradra, a native of Fiji, put in an excellent performance against Wales. Tom Curry earned the applause of the crowd by making an early appearance at this tournament at the age of 21.
There is no doubt that Rugby is a sport full of emotions, tears, sweat, and a lot of effort. Every Rugby World Cup is an opportunity for the players. A chance to show what they are made of. Also, to hold their countries up high.