Ahead of Saturday's World Cup Final, we take a look at some of the leaders on the statistics boards going into the final weekend of the tournament.
By David Marsh
David Pocock has so far made 14 turnovers during Australia’s campaign with not one other player reaching double-figures.
Despite playing with the unfamiliar No 8 on his back, Pocock has delivered a masterclass at the breakdown for Australia in a near peerless tournament for the Brumbies man.
With a remarkable 38 tries in 40 appearances for the All Blacks, it is difficult to find any weaknesses in Julian Savea’s locker.
He demonstrated his all-round game in the 62-13 demolition of France – running over three defenders to score his second try and then turning on the afterburners to run in his third from almost 50 metres.
Savea is quick to brush off the comparisons fans have made to the iconic Jonah Lomu, however the 25-year-old’s try scoring statistics have already usurped Lomu, who crossed the whitewash 37 times.
He has touched down eight times so far during this campaign, and is one shy from breaking the record of most tries in a single World Cup – a record currently shared by Lomu and Bryan Habana.
Most line-out steals
Despite not performing to the elevated standards he is capable of during this year’s World Cup, Kieran Read has still managed to clock up the highest number of line-out steals, with six to date.
Just behind him is the 2014 World Rugby Player of the Year, Brodie Retallick, with five steals, and in third is Wallabies replacement lock Dean Mumm with four.
Best line-out success
The only hooker to achieve a higher line-out hit rate than the two featuring in Saturday’s final is Wales’ Scott Baldwin, with 49 successful throw-ins.
However, Kiwi Dane Coles lies in second with 44, and Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore in third with 42.
It is likely that both could eclipse Baldwin’s record during Saturday’s final to top this statistic chart.
Most metres carried
Two All Blacks lie in the top three for the most metres gained at this year’s World Cup.
Back three players Ben Smith and Nehe Milner-Skudder have had exceptional tournaments, with Smith making 453 metres, and Milner-Skudder not far behind with 437.
Both players are hot on the heels of Argentinian winger Santiago Cordero, out in the lead with 454m.
Predictably, All Black Sonny Bill Williams leads the way for the most offloads made at this year’s World Cup, having made ten so far.
Not bad for a man who has only started two of New Zealand’s six games – appearing mainly from the replacement’s bench.
Sonny Bill’s ability to draw in defenders before making an offload to the likes of Milner-Skudder or Savea to run into space and cause havoc make him a valuable asset to the All Blacks side.
Saturday’s match will feature the highest number of centurions to start a World Cup Final with six centurions, three in each side, in the starting line-ups.
Richie McCaw (147), Dan Carter (111), Ma’a Nonu (102), Adam Ashley-Cooper (113), Stephen Moore (101) and Matt Giteau (101) are all in the starting line-ups for rugby’s biggest showpiece on Saturday.
There have been six World Cup Finals that have featured either New Zealand or Australia, with both teams taking home the Webb Ellis trophy twice.
Australia and New Zealand have faced each other in the Rugby World Cup on three occasions – but never once in the final.
All three encounters have come at the semi-final stage, with Australia winning twice in 1991 and 2003, and New Zealand once in 2011.
However, the overall head-to-head statistics are much more favourable to the All Blacks.
In 154 games, New Zealand have defeated their Australian counterparts on 105 occasions. Australia have won 42 of the encounters, with the remaining seven matches ending as stalemates.
Record breaking McCaw
Richie McCaw has a few records under his belt.
He is the most capped player of all time with 147 caps, 109 of them as captain.
McCaw has won 130 Test matches – that is equal to 32% of New Zealand’s 412 victories since 1903.
The 34-year-old has also scooped the World Rugby Player of the year award three times, and been nominated on five other occasions.
No surprise then there is another record that the New Zealand captain can now call his own.
McCaw has made the most tackles in Rugby World Cup history, having made 215 tackles over four World Cup tournaments since 2003.