1999 Rugby World Cup Final

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1999 Rugby World Cup Final
Event 1999 Rugby World Cup
Date 6 November 1999
Venue Millennium Stadium,
Cardiff, Wales
Referee André Watson
Attendance 72,500
1995
2003

The 1999 Rugby World Cup Final, was the final match in the 1999 Rugby World Cup, played in Wales.

The match was played at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on 6 November 1999 between Australia and France with 72,500 in attendance.[1]

Australia won the game by 35 points to 12, and with it, their second World Cup, having won the 1991 tournament in England.[2]


Match summary[edit]

First half[edit]

In front of a capacity crowd of 72,500 at the recently completed Millennium Stadium, Australia met France in the fourth Rugby World Cup Final. For both teams it was their second Final. Australia were resilient in defence throughout the tournament while France promised an attacking back line full of talent. In damp and cold conditions France took an early lead with a Christophe Lamaison penalty after just two minutes. Penalty kicking would be the story of the day and Matt Burke equalled the scores ater 4 minutes with a successful kick. The Australian forwards dominated in the loose and their tactic of continually kicking for territory and position proved effective. Lamaison offered some respite by slotting a 12th minute penalty to give France a 6–3 lead. Injury and the subsequent substitution of Olivier Magne disrupted the France back row line-up after 20 minutes. Matt Burke, however, showed imperious accuracy as time and again French exuberance in the loose was penalised. By half-time the Australians led 12–6 with all points from the two talented goal kickers.

Second half[edit]

As with the first half Burke and Lamaison traded penalty goals. After an hour the contest was still in the balance with the score at 18–12 to Australia. France continued to look lacklustre as the Wallabies began to mount a series of attacks perhaps the previous exertions of the semi-final victory had taken its toll on the French team.

A Burke penalty after 64 minutes put Australia more than one score in front, and theoretically clear. With only 15 minutes remaining Ben Tune crashed over for the first try of the contest with Burke again adding the conversion points. A further infringement and yet another Burke penalty seemed to have won the game for Australia The last action of the final was a rolling forward surge and try for Australian second-half substitute Owen Finegan. Inevitably Matt Burke slotted the conversion. Referee Andre Watson called time on the contest with Australia emphatic winners 35–12.

Again the final was hardly a classic match, though the modern approach of effective defensive lines and an outstanding goal kicking display proved to be rewarded. Australia were rewarded for their efforts with a second World Cup win and captain John Eales accepted the Webb Ellis Cup from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Match details[edit]

6 November 1999
15:00 WET/GMT (UTC+00)
Australia  35 – 12  France
Try: Finegan (1), Tune (1)
Con: Burke (2)
Pen: Burke (7)
Report Pen: Lamaison (4)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,500
Referee: André Watson (South Africa)



Australia
France
Australia
FB 15 Matt Burke
RW 14 Ben Tune
OC 13 Dan Herbert Substituted off 46'
IC 12 Tim Horan Substituted off 79'
LW 11 Joe Roff
FH 10 Stephen Larkham
SH 9 George Gregan Substituted off 79'
N8 8 Toutai Kefu
OF 7 David Wilson
BF 6 Matt Cockbain Substituted off 55'
RL 5 John Eales (c)
LL 4 David Giffin
TP 3 Andrew Blades
HK 2 Michael Foley Substituted off 76'
LP 1 Richard Harry
Replacements:
HK 22 Jeremy Paul Substituted in 76'
PR 21 Dan Crowley
LK 20 Mark Connors
FL 19 Owen Finegan Substituted in 55'
SH 18 Chris Whitaker Substituted in 79'
CT 17 Jason Little Substituted in 46'
CT 16 Nathan Grey Substituted in 79'
Coach:
Australia Rod McQueen
France
FB 15 Xavier Garbajosa Substituted off 68'
RW 14 Philippe Bernat-Salles
OC 13 Richard Dourthe Substituted off 75'
IC 12 Émile Ntamack
LW 11 Christophe Dominici
FH 10 Christophe Lamaison
SH 9 Fabien Galthie Substituted off 78'
N8 8 Christophe Juillet Substituted off 41'
OF 7 Olivier Magne
BF 6 Marc Lievremont Substituted off 68'
RL 5 Fabien Pelous
LL 4 Abdelatif Benazzi
TP 3 Franck Tournaire
HK 2 Raphael Ibanez (c) Substituted off 80'
LP 1 Cedric Soulette Substituted off 47'
Replacements:
HK 22 Marc Dal Maso Substituted in 80'
PR 21 Pieter de Villiers Substituted in 47'
LK 20 Olivier Brouzet Substituted in 41'
FL 19 Arnaud Costes Substituted in 68'
SH 18 Stéphane Castaignède Substituted in 78'
FH 17 Stephane Glas Substituted in 75'
FB 16 Ugo Mola Substituted in 68'
Coach:
France Jean-Claude Skrela

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