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Rugby League World Cup Final 2008
25 October-22 November 2008
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Johnathan Thurston is tackled by two Kiwis

Australia 20-34 New Zealand: The Kiwis start the final aggressively as Australia's Johnathan Thurston finds himself wrapped up in the tackle

Billy Slater breaks through with captain Darren Lockyer in support

But Billy Slater's pace proves crucial for Australia as he and captain Darren Lockyer link up for the opening try

Darren Lockyer goes over for a try

Australia's inspirational skipper Lockyer takes advantage of Slater's hard work to get onto the scoreboard

Australia's David Williams celebrates his try

Winger David Williams, back in the team for the injured Brent Tate, crashes over for another try as Australia race into a 10-0 lead

Jeremy Smith grounds the ball for a try

New Zealand force several repeat sets and Jeremy Smith rides numerous tackles to barge over the line under the sticks

Lance Hohaia goes over for a try

Australia lead 16-12 at the break but Lance Hohaia gives New Zealand the perfect start after the break, weaving over for a try

Greg Inglis scores a try

Greg Inglis scores his 13th international try for Australia to keep the holders in with a chance of retaining their World Cup trophy

Adam Blair is congratulated after his try

But the Kiwis are awarded a penalty try and Adam Blair then touches down as New Zealand take a decisive lead late in the match

The Australians are left stunned by the defeat

The Australians are left stunned by the Kiwis second-half performance as they see the World Cup trophy slip away from them

The Kangaroos had been incredibly heavy favourites and appear to be visibly stunned by their defeat

The Kangaroos had been incredibly heavy favourites and appear to be visibly stunned by their defeat

New Zealand celebrate their World Cup victory

But the Kiwis are ecstatic after their 34-20 victory and celebrate pulling off a famous and historic upset in Brisbane



see also
Live text - Rugby League World Cup final
22 Nov 08 |  Rugby League
Aussies driven by fear of failure
19 Nov 08 |  Rugby League
Stuart concerned about Kangaroos
16 Nov 08 |  Rugby League


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