AU’s Qantas Loses Friendly Wager with Air NZ

AU's Qantas Loses Friendly Wager with Air NZ as All Blacks Win Rugby World Cup for Third Time

Now that New Zealand's All Blacks have succeeded in making history as the first 3-time Rugby World Cup Championship titleholder, trans-Tasman passengers between Australia's Qantas and Air New Zealand would probably be looking for a Qantas airplane sporting New Zealand's all black motif and silver fern emblem. That is, if the two rival airlines went ahead with their friendly Rugby World Cup wager as show of sponsorship support to their respective national teams.

Hours ahead of the Rugby World Cup Championship dream finals at Twickenham last Saturday, Air New Zealand initiated the friendly wager by tweeting the proposed wager to Australian rival airline Qantas. The exchange of tweets between the two indicated that Qantas was willing to take on the wager if Air NZ would do the same to one of its planes, but in yellow gold and with Qantas Wallabies signage bannered on the sides. However, the management of both airline companies did not come out with an official statement confirming the friendly high-stakes wager.

Avid football fans, particularly those who love a good punt are eager to see if Qantas will honor the wager. The latest word though is that a more practical retribution in lieu of the plane-painting commitment will be exacted from the Qantas side for losing on the bet. The Qantas crew, would accordingly, don black jerseys instead, on the Monday following the weekend match.

The Results of 2015 Rugby World Cup Dream Finals       

All bets on the World Cup dream finals has been decided as the results of the 2015 Rugby World Cup is official. The Kiwi All Blacks team underscored their domination of the sport by vanquishing the Wallabies with a 34-17 final score. The London Crowd at Twickenham, at first witnessed a seemingly one-sided affair, as the All Blacks posted an early 16-3 lead before break. Manawatu fullback Nehe Milner-Skudder scored the first try for the All Blacks after acting on the superb move launched by the Kiwi's great fly-half Daniel Carter.

After the break, the Kiwi's centre Ma'a Allan Nonu widened the gap to 21-3, but not for long. The All Black's fullback Ben Smith was sent to the sin-bin (penalty box) by referee Nigel Owens for a lifting tackle, one of several tip tackles regarded as dangerous. The action could likely result to severe spinal injury or worse, to a tackler's opponent.

It created a window of opportunity for the Wallabies, with flanker Aussie David Pocock making the most of it by overpowering All Black Team Captain Richie McCaw's defense during the breakdown battle.  In the game's second half, the Australian Wallabies fought fiercely to close the gap. They nearly succeeded by whittling down the NZ team's lead to four points at 21-17. Unfortunately, it was to be their final score up to the last 15 minutes of the match.

Sin-binned Ben Smith subsequently returned to the match, the NZ team's game play steadied, while Dan Carter's performance in the remaining 10 minutes of the game earned him the Man-of the Match title. The Wallabies on the other hand, made costly mistakes that took away their chances of claiming the coveted honor, of becoming the first to win the Web Ellis Cup for the third time.