Emotions ran high in Queenstown this morning as thousands of All Blacks fans poured into bars to watch New Zealand retain the Webb Ellis Cup.
The stunning 34-17 win over the Wallabies in the World Cup final at Twickenham, London, was met with cheers and screams from elated fans.
Prior to the match All Black fans were tight lipped over the possible outcome – while remaining quietly confident the experienced Kiwi team would be able to take home the win.
NZ became the first nation to defend its World Cup title, the victory even more poignant as captain Richie McCaw is expected to announce his retirement later this year.
A Dan Carter penalty kick opened the scoring – but with only 14 minutes gone, Aussie Bernard Foley equalised.
NZ dominated in the first half with the Wallabies forced into a defending position.
With All Black Ben Smith sin-binned for a lifting tackle, it gave the Aussie team renewed hope and led to a try from David Pocock. Score 21-10 to the All Blacks.
As man of the match Carter pushed the score to 24-17 with a drop goal, cheers and screams erupted from Brazz with fans unable to contain their excitement. The cup was one step closer.
Brazz bar manager, Pete Robertson says it was a tense match but the outcome was prefect.
“It was a great match and a great result.
“The crowd were really getting behind the team and the atmosphere has been brilliant – like it has been throughout the whole World Cup.
It’s been amazing – well done to the All Blacks.”
Celebrations in town are continuing long into the day.