Rugby World Cup Final 1972 Wales v New Zealand


The inaugural Rugby World Cup took place in 1987

If the tournament had taken place fifteen years earlier maybe, just maybe,the final would have been between arguably the two best teams in the world , atthat time ,Wales and New Zealand

The two sides faced each other at Cardiff Arms Park on 2 December 1972.

Here is a report of the 1972 World Cup Final !!!!!

The Teams:

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Wales struggled to get into this game, Joe Karam kicked two early penalties for the All Blacks to give them a 6-O lead.

Midway through the half Sid Going kicked ahead, and after receiving the ball from the resulting ruck, worked it out to prop Keith Murdoch who drove through the Welsh defence, and despite being tackled his momentum took him over for a try,


Joe Karam missed the conversion but kicked another penalty soon after, followed by one for for Phil Bennett, to give the All Blacks a 13-3 half time lead.

Early in the second half, a tackle on Sid Going forced him to spill the ball on the Welsh side, the ball was moved quickly to left wing John Bevan who sprinted 40 yards to score in the corner.


Bennet missed the conversion, but quickly gave Wales another three points after kicking a penalty Wales 10 NZ 13.

karam and Bennet exchanged penalties to make it 13-16 to the men in black, before Delme Thomas and Barry Llewellyn got in each others way to give Karam another three points with a penalty 13-19

With eleven minutes to go Delme Thomas caught a drop out just outside the NZ twenty five and fed the ball to JPR Williams , JPR drove for the corner, was half tackled ,but grounded the ball to score a try but referee Johnson, of England ,deemed that the good doctor had made a double movement and awarded NZ a penalty.

With minutes remaining the All Blacks were getting desperate as Wales launched attack after attack which they could only repel by a series of obstructions and late tackles, Phil Bennet kicked a penalty


Another late tackle by the All Blacks with the match virtually over, and Phil Bennett is given the chance to draw the match with a penalty, sadly he just misses, and New Zealand emerge as victors 19-16


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