There were so many great moments during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Which moments really stood out? If you want to know what the top six most memorable moments in the cup were, then you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out what they were, so you can relive them.
1. Japan Defeated South Africa
Perhaps the biggest moment of all was the match between Japan and South Africa. In fact, people around the world were waiting for this match, even though they competed in the opening weekend. Nonetheless, the match was highly anticipated and it was worth the wait. If you remember, the media was building up the match between the two teams for a longtime leading up to the match.
Japan ended up defeating South Africa, and many people thought it was an upset. The final score was Japan 34 and South Africa 32, so the game was very close and it was intense. South Africa was defeated after Japan scored in the added minutes round. There were many moments in which it looked like South Africa was going to win, but Japan proved to be the better team in the match.
2. The Fatal Error
On September 26 the match between England and Wales took place and so did a fatal error. The error in question happened during the Pool of Death. Chris Robshaw, England’s captain, ended up making a bad call.
The error that Robshaw made was that he should have did a penalty instead of choosing a line-out to bid. If he chose to do the penalty, then England could have tied the game, but unfortunately England ended up losing the game. The score was Wales 25 and England 28, and this was the very first sign that England was going to be in some serious trouble. Nobody can say what would have happened if Robshaw did things differently, but the one thing we do know is that Wales ended up winning that match.
3. NZ vs France
Another memorable moment was when New Zealand and France squared off on October 17. In the quarter-final, NZ played aggressively, both defensible and defensively and the hard work paid off. NZ ended up getting 62 points, while France finished with 13 points.
During the match, Julian Savea played one of his best games of the year. He barged aside three defenders, and he made it looked fairly easy. Right from the beginning of the match up until the very end, it became quickly obvious that NZ was heading towards a victory. Nonetheless, the game was exciting to watch and NZ definitely deserved the win.
4. Dan Carter’s Moment
Who can forget the moment Dan Carter scored a goal on October 24. Dan Carter and the All Blacks refused to be beaten by South Africa, and nobody expected Carter to score a drop goal against the team because of how rare drop goals are. You will definitely want to watch a video of it because it is truly a spectacle to behold.
Besides Carter’s goal, another memorable moment that happened during the match was when Richie McGaw elbowed an opponent. That moment went viral on social media. However, it later turned out that no contact was made.
5. Penalty Against Australia
On October 18, one of the biggest controversies in the history of the World Cup took place. What happened was referee handed down a penalty to Australia, and Bernard Foley ended up kicking it home. The result ended up being Australia beating Scotland with a score of Australia 25 and Scotland 34. The penalty should have never happened, at least that’s what many people believe.
In fact, it probably shouldn’t have happened. This is because the World Rugby decided to make the error public. A lot of observes believed this was major blunder. If Australia wasn’t handed a penalty, then there was a good chance that Scotland would have went onto win the game.
6. England Losing To Australia
On October 3, Australia defeated England, with the score being 33-13 and this was a memorable moment because it meant that England failed to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup. In fact, it was the first time the hosts of a World Cup failed to do it. This was a major disappointment and even to this day people from around the world still remember it. You can tell England was playing very good and that they wanted to win, but Australia played extremely well and aggressively.
Those were the top six most memorable moments of the 2015 World Cup. Which moments were your favorite? Feel free to find videos of the above moments and watch them so you can relive them all over again. The chances are you will love all of the above moments after you watch them.