1987 Rugby World Cup Final
|Event||1987 Rugby World Cup|
|Date||20 June 1987|
|Venue||Eden Park, Auckland|
New Zealand won the match 29–9 with three tries, one conversion, four penalties and a drop goal, becoming the first winners of the Rugby World Cup.
In front of a capacity crowd at Eden Park, hosts New Zealand met France in the inaugural Rugby World Cup Final . France seemed lacklustre following their amazing win over Australia in the semi-final . New Zealand played a mainly kicking game in the first half with Grant Fox kicking for territory and position . A Fox drop goal after 14 minutes settled home nerves . A try by the World Cup's star performer Michael Jones, followed just 3 minutes later . Jones' try was converted by Fox, a tense final was finely balanced at half time with New Zealand leading France 9–0 .
France came out with renewed vigour after the break and a Didier Camberabero penalty four minutes into the half put France on the scoreboard . The France fightback was, however, short-lived and New Zealand forward power in the setpiece and open play was to the fore . Tries by David Kirk and John Kirwan together with the relentlessly accurate goal kicking of Fox meant that going into the final moments New Zealand led 29–3 .
The final had hardly lived up to its billing, probably due to the exertions by France in their semi-final win . It was however fitting that tries from three stars of the tournament Jones, Kirk and Kirwan won the contest and gave New Zealand the Webb Ellis Cup .
20 June 1987
| Tries: Jones
Pen: Fox (4)
|Report|| Try: Berbizier|
- Match Report at ESPN
- Match Report at Allblacks.com