It may have been their time and destiny to win the Rugby World Cup on home soil after a year of heartbreak from those earth shattering Quakes that rocked Christchurch to its core.
The French threw everything at the kitchen sink, right down to the last croissant, but fell agonisingly short (7-8). Their heads should be held high as they played the game with integrity and in the true spirit of the game.
Often after World Cups, it's stated that you quickly forget who came second, however in my view, the performance by Le Blue might just change that.
Unfortunately for me as a lover of free flowing rugby and a passion for the integrity of the game, I for one, will not be able to remember this game with fond memories. I find myself asking the question: Does the cost of wining outweigh the way in which you achieve your win? Or does wining override any negatives that it takes to win?
The tactics by New Zealand's forwards in my opinion tarnish the sport and its long held reputation. From where I sat, the All Back's Richie McCaw, their inspirational captain's actions, are a reflection of the tactics the All Black forwards displayed which will have an impact upon the game and supporters worldwide.
His tactical infringements at the breakdown, in my view, was below the belt of play, but within the rules of engagement. It frustrated the French and the free spirit of Rugby. The wider Rugby media have been all over these defensive tactics (including those employed by the Wallabies), rather than the running Rugby game.
In 20 years when I'm reflecting on past World Cups with my future children I can say I'm not sure if I will highlight this Kiwis victory or I will talk about this All Blacks team's "Ned Kelly's" yet legal tactics, and by then it could possibly be Sir Richard McCaw!! Thus is sport.
The 2011 Rugby World Cup might even bring about some rule changes as has been muted already.