For any followers of the round ball game out there, and as an avid Man Utd fan (for over 35 years before anyone asks..) I can honestly say the Kiwis winning try today was up there with Sergio Aguero's last minute winning goal in 2012 to win Man City the Premiership trophy at Utd's expense. It was that close and that tense and I was close to tears on both occasions.
It was a great game of Rugby League and both teams should be proud of what they did today for the sport.
My only real sadness is that the momentum that was building during this game with the England team has now gone from the build up to the final. To see the likes of Will Carling, Owen Farrell, Vernon Kay, Will Greenwood, Rio Ferdinand and Brian Moore (and they're just on my Twitter feed) tweeting positive things about the game - during the game - was a highlight from me and I'd have loved to have seen the media response to a positive result for England today and the build up to next Saturday.
I couldn't care less about who should have done what and who made this mistake and that mistake. That's the human element of sport and what makes it so exciting. I'm proud of every single England RL player today and the contribution they all made to a great sporting spectacle.
We really need to make international Rugby League a priority and not just for Australia, NZ and England. It's the one aspect of our game that doesn't reinforce the predictable stereotypes of our sport in this country.
Oh, and well done New Zealand. I'm looking forward to another great game of Rugby League at Old Trafford next Saturday. May the best team win - because that's what normally happens in this great sport of ours.
The media coverage is the only disappointing thing about this world cup everything else has been amazing so far. Sky have basically fobbed us off which is a real kick in the nads, the press in london literally dont care. Aside from a decent spread last friday in the standard we get half a column at best whereas a police horse that got punched gets a full colour pull out.
BBC is great but only for england games - ie. not great and no one has premier sports unless they were already a fan. Its a massive massive shame because this would be the real chance to bring new fans to the game, which Im sure is happening anyway, but it could have been so much better.
I've said this on more than one other thread. The RLWC being sold to Premier Sports is the one big mistake of this tournament. Whatever Premier Sports paid RL won't be worth the publicity Sky - or even BT Sport - could have given our tournament.