SBW 'heartbroken' after World Cup final loss

06:33, Dec 01 2013
Kiwis at the Rugby League World Cup
Sonny Bill Williams makes a charge against Samoa.
Kiwis at the Rugby League World Cup
Isaac Luke makes a break for New Zealand.
Kiwis at the Rugby League World Cup
Samoa's Anthony Milford is tackled by Bryson Goodwin, right, and Manu Vatuvei.
Kiwis at the Rugby League World Cup
Key playmaker Shaun Johnson looks to ignite another Kiwi attack.
Shaun Johnson
Shaun Johnson takes a shot at goal during the victory over France.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Kiwis wing Roger Tuivasa-Sheck attempts to skip out of a French tackle.
Bryson Goodwin
Bryson Goodwin dives over for a try in the Kiwis' 48-0 rout of France.
Kiwis haka
New Zealand players perform the haka before taking on France.
Kiwis vs France
The French and New Zealand sides line up for the anthems.
Manu Vatuvei
Manu Vatuvei doesn't like being out-done by team mate Sonny Bill Williams.
Sonny Bill Williams
Sonny Bill Williams dances past would-be Papua New Guinea tacklers.
Kiwis Haka
The Kiwis perform their haka before going into battle against Papua New Guinea in pool play at the World Cup.
Sam Kasiano
Sam Kasiano barrels through the Papua New Guinean defence during the Kiwis' 56-10 rout.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Two-try scorer Roger Tuivasa-Sheck tries to step England's Sean O'Loughlin.
Kevin Locke
Kiwis fullback Kevin Locke gets caught between four English defenders.
Shaun Johnson
Shaun Johnson takes a first half kick at goal.
Ryan Hall
England wing Ryan Hall is taken by Kiwis Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Dean Whare.
Brett Ferres
England's Brett Ferres is tackled by Shaun Johnson and another Kiwis defender.
Kiwis haka
The Kiwis perform the haka ahead of their semifinal against England.
Shaun Johnson
Kiwis players pile on Shaun Johnson after his match-trying try, before he converted to send New Zealand into the Rugby League World Cup final.
Shaun Johnson
Shaun Johnson dives over to score in the last minute to rescue the Kiwis.
Shaun Johnson
Shaun Johnson leaps into the arms of team-mates after his match-winning conversion.
Issac Luke
Issac Luke leaps in the air in celebration as Shaun Johnson (No 7) and other Kiwis players raise their arms after Johnson's match-winning conversion.
Manu Vatuvei
Kiwis wing Manu Vatuvei is lifted off the ground in the tackle of Jarryd Hayne.
Billy Slater
Billy Slater scores the first try of the final in the tackle of Dean Whare.
Issac Luke
Kiwis hooker Issac Luke is scragged by Australians Paul Gallen and Cameron Smith.
Cooper Cronk
After being denied earlier, Cooper Cronk dives over for a first half try.
Sonny Bill Williams
Sonny Bill Williams looks up at a sorry-looking scoreboard.
Greg Inglis and Kevin Locke
Kiwis fullback Kevin Locke mishandles the high kick under pressure from Greg Inglis.
Jarryd Hayne and Manu Vatuvei
Jarryd Hayne and Manu Vatuvei compete for a high kick out wide.
Dejected Kiwis
Dejected Kiwis players (from left) Sonny Bill Williams, Dean Whare and Kieran Foran.
Simon Mannering
Kiwis captain Simon Mannering is fended in the face by Paul Gallen.

Sonny Bill Williams conceded he tried to do too much in the Kiwis' 34-2 Rugby League World Cup final loss to Australia in Manchester this morning.

It was almost a given that New Zealand needed Williams to have a big game if they were going to stand any chance of beating the Kangaroos and defending their title.

But the recently crowned international player of the year had a rare off night and wasn't able to make a big impression in the game.

Speaking afterwards, Williams said he was devastated that the Kiwis lost.

"I'm heartbroken, I'm really disappointed," Williams said. 

"I left it all out there today. That last 20 minutes was disappointing. 

"I tried to overplay my hand and try to come up with something special and it wasn't to be.

"I definitely feel bad for the brothers but full credit to Australia. They were just too good today."

Williams has no regrets about deciding to play in the World Cup, rather than take a break, which was his initial intention and he said it was a hugely memorable experience for him to play for the Kiwis again.

"It's the thing that I missed," he said. 

"I felt it after a couple of weeks in camp. It's just like a family, a brotherhood, and it's something you can't really get when you are playing at club level. 

"But I'm really disappointed right now and disappointed for the boys. I just couldn't come up with it today. I tried my arse off but it wasn't meant to be.

"In that last 20 minutes, we all tried, and me the most," he added. 

"We tried to push a pass and it just wasn't meant to be. Australia really deserved it and played well."

If the Kiwis had triumphed, Williams would have cemented his plaice in the history books as being the only player to have won a rugby league and rugby union World Cup. However, Williams said that wasn't what had been his motivation.

"It was never about that. It was just about having no regrets when I retire," he said. 

"You win some, you lose some. It's been a privilege to put the Kiwis jersey back on. Just really disappointed for the fans back home and our families."

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Sonny Bill Williams
NOT THIS TIME: Sonny Bill Williams couldn't lift the Kiwis to victory in the World Cup final.

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