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Halfbacks Have the Power

By Dion Kombeng – EM TV Sports, Port Moresby

The climax of world rugby is set for this weekend, when the Wallabies and All Blacks lock horns in the Rugby World Cup final Twickenham.

The half backs are the heartbeat of any side and the key matchup for the big game will be between Will Genia and Aaron Smith and Bernard Foley and Dan Carter.

These men will make things happen, and their decisions on game day will have to be precise.

All eyes will be on the All Blacks number 10, Carter comes with a wealth of experience and it has shown time and time again during New Zealand’s world cup campaign.

But with that being said, Foley on the other hand, is superbly skilled and he has shown his flashes of brilliance in the quarter final and semi-final.

New Zealand: 1-Joe Moody, 2-Dane Coles, 3-Owen Franks, 4-Brodie Retallick, 5-Sam Whitelock, 6-Jerome Kaino, 7-Richie McCaw (captain), 8-Kieran Read; 9-Aaron Smith, 10-Dan Carter, 11-Julian Savea, 12-Ma’a Nonu, 13-Conrad Smith, 14-Nehe Milner-Skudder, 15-Ben Smith

Replacements: 16-Keven Mealamu, 17-Ben Franks, 18-Charlie Faumuina, 19-Victor Vito, 20-Sam Cane, 21-Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22-Beauden Barrett, 23-Sonny Bill Williams.


Australia: 1-Scott Sio, 2-Stephen Moore (captain), 3-Sekope Kepu, 4-Kane Douglas, 5-Rob Simmons, 6-Scott Fardy, 7-Michael Hooper, 8-David Pocock; 9-Will Genia, 10-Bernard Foley, 11-Drew Mitchell, 12-Matt Giteau, 13-Tevita Kuridrani, 14-Adam Ashley-Cooper, 15-Israel Folau

Replacements: 16-Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17-James Slipper, 18-Greg Holmes, 19-Dean Mumm, 20-Ben McCalman, 21-Nick Phipps, 22-Matt Toomua, 23-Kurtley Beale

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