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NZ in rugby World Cup final

Hosts New Zealand overwhelmed Australia 20-6 in a dazzling display of pace, power and possession at Eden Park on Sunday to set up a rugby World Cup final against France on Sunday.

other Updated: Oct 16, 2011 23:45 IST

Hosts New Zealand overwhelmed Australia 20-6 in a dazzling display of pace, power and possession at Eden Park on Sunday to set up a rugby World Cup final against France on Sunday.

The All Blacks threatened to engulf the Tri-Nations champions after Quade Cooper, the man New Zealanders love to hate, had lobbed the kickoff into touch on the full. Expatriate New Zealander Cooper made a series of unforced errors early in the match after a relentless wave of attacks on both flanks.

However, the All Blacks' only reward, and the sole try of the match, came when Ma'a Nonu drove over the line after the outstanding Israel Dagg had sliced through the defence and flung the ball infield before sliding into touch.