What did Stephen Moore, Captain of the Australian Wallabies say on TV at the end of that Rugby World Cup Final?

Here’s another ‘approximate’ transcript from our volunteers. Great to see what Stephen said.

Commentator – You’ve just been shaking hands with victorious All Blacks, how tough to do that, today of all days.

Stephen Moore – Its not about us tonight, its all about New Zealand. They really deserved to win. They’ve been the best team all tournament so congratulations to them, they played really well.

Commentator – How disrupted were you by losing players early on in Kane Douglas and the creative talent that is Matt Giteau?

Stephen – No excuses for us tonight it’s a world cup final so you deal with that stuff. What I am proud of is the effort we’ve shown right through the 80 minutes. Sometimes you come up against a better team and that was us tonight and they thoroughly deserved everything they get.

Commentator – When you played that 10 minutes that Ben Smith was in the bin you played it so well, narrowed it to just 4 points, did you start to believe?

Stephen – yeah half time we talked about getting ourselves back into the game. I thought we did that we gave ourselves a chance there but ah you know as I said they showed their class out there we just weren’t good enough

Commentator – Hard lines

Stephen – Thanks a lot. And thanks for all our supporters. Sorry we couldn’t do it for you.


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The Rugby World Cup Final broadcast live in Australia on Free to Air Channel 9 and Foxtel Pay TV. Both broadcast with captions to give access to Deaf & Hard of Hearing.

In New Zealand watching the post match interviews was a lipreading challenge.

“Is lipreading an effective form of communicating with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing?

Not often. The ability of a deaf or hard of hearing individual to speak clearly does not mean that he or she can hear well enough to understand spoken communication or to lipread effectively. Forty to 60 percent of English sounds look alike when spoken. On average, even the most skilled lipreaders understand only 25 percent of what is said to them, and many individuals understand far less. Lipreading is most often used as a supplement to the use of residual hearing, amplification, or other assistive listening technology. Because lipreading requires some guesswork, very few deaf or hard of hearing people rely on lipreading alone for exchanges of important information.

Source : The National Association of the Deaf, USA

Click here to read What Richie MacAwesome said after the Rugby World Cup Final.