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Wallabies remain unbeaten to reach Rugby World Cup 2015 Final with win over Argentina

Wallabies remain unbeaten to reach Rugby World Cup 2015 Final with win over Argentina
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The Wallabies got their Rugby World Cup Semifinal against Argentina off to a dream start as lock Rob Simmons scored the fastest try of this year’s tournament, an intercept, coming within a minute and eight seconds of kickoff. It set the tone and despite staying within touch all match, Argentina were not able to seriously threaten a composed and organised Australian team.

While Adam-Ashley Cooper was on hand to pick up a hat-trick, just the second man ever to do so in a RWC Semifinal after Jonah Lomu in 1995, it was number eight David Pocock who was immense.

Pocock combined with Michael Hooper and Scott Fardy to form a potent loose trio, as Australia finished the match with 10 turnovers. Pocock looked back to his best, claiming four turnovers himself to continue his overall lead in the tournament, while also making 13 tackles on the night.

Flanker Fardy was also excellent, making 16 tackles and throwing his body all over the park, while lock Kane Douglas also put in the hard graft for 14 tackles of his own.

The Wallabies actually had to make 142 tackles to just 95 for Argentina, as Los Pumas hammered the line in an effort to make that key breakthrough. As it was, the match ended with four tries to Australia, and just 5 penalties to Nicolas Sanchez.

“We worked really hard in defence, that’s something that we want to do nomatter what because it’s a sign of your team spirit and we wanted to work hard there,” said coach Michael Cheika.

The 1991 and 1999 winners will face New Zealand in the final on Saturday, meaning that one of the two sides will go to three tournament wins. Currently New Zealand, Australia and South Africa all sit on two tournament victories each.

Argentina will face South Africa in the third place play off on Friday night.

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  •  spicksandspecks
    spicksandspecks
    12:52 PM 27/10/2015

    To those complaining about Wayne Barnes, I would remind you of the penalty count: 12-6 to Argentina. Yes, the yellow card was undeserved, but so were the multiple scrum penalties against Australia when Herrera was boring in on James Slipper, so was the penalty for side entry against Kuridrani when the Argentine player dragged the ball back under himself. Apart from Barnes' whistle, the scoreline would have been much worse for Argentina.

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  •  oliver
    oliver
    7:31 PM 26/10/2015

    Very enjoyable game. Has to be one of the most attacking-minded semi-finals in history? a lot more running than kicking, from both teams. I wonder if the final will be of the same ilk....Hope it doesn't rain!

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  •  oliver
    oliver
    7:26 PM 26/10/2015

    VERY reminiscent of what Drew Mitchell did in the European Cup final! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-eR8N-QbDg crazy to think he can do things like that somewhat regularly

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  •  london1
    london1
    2:40 PM 26/10/2015

    Completely agree. I also think the last ball in the first half was not knocked forward by Argentina. However I doubt this would have affected the outcome. It was a great game by Australia, they scored when they had too and where ferocious in defense. I applaud the Pumas for being such an entertaining team. They committed many mistakes, however they did stay on their game plan. It is also amazing Lavanini, Petti, Matera, Isa, Cordero, Montoya, Paz, ARE ALL UNDER 22. Can you imagine how they will arrive to Japan, gold thirsty and all over 50 caps then.....

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  •  franmanbsa
    franmanbsa
    1:49 PM 26/10/2015

    It was a good game. I'm very proud of the Pumas performance. To be honest, with the interception, losing Imhoff, Creevy and Hernandez, the yellow card to Lavaninni, I was surprised and happy that they never leave the match. Also I agree with katman, Wayne Barnes wasn't great but the outcome wouldn't have been different.

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  •  oldflyhalf
    oldflyhalf
    11:41 AM 26/10/2015

    "Great game, spoiled somewhat by Wayne Barnes." Wayne Barnes was, as usual, just an "waynebarnes" -adjective-. I don't believe, but at all, in coincidences. ...especially when is about the : cheika, waynebarnes, cjoubert etc.

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  •  katman
    katman
    11:35 AM 26/10/2015

    When Imhoff and Creevy and Hernandez went off, I knew they were in trouble. Can't lose 3 of your very best and not feel it.

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  •  colombes
    colombes
    11:18 AM 26/10/2015

    From the yellow card for Maitland 'intentional' knock-on... to this yellow card for Lavanini low tackle, there were some very poor decisions during these last weeks. Barnes and Joubert anti-fans is growing up. But Australia was the most intelligent team vs pumas full of ambition but lacking precision. I discovered Cordero and Tuculet in this world cup, i'll watch them in the super 16.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos
    9:10 AM 26/10/2015

    Thought Argentina played some nice rugby. Bit over-ambitious at times and lacked intelligent decision-making at crucial times. Australia discipline, particularly in defence was exemplary - very hard to play against a team like that. Agree with Katman- well the entire comment actually, but particularly on that yellow card, which was just insane. Nothing dangerous or cynical about it, looked like a completely genuine attempt to tackle low and very clearly tried to grasp the player (remember the law states "ATTEMPT to grasp"; just slipped down Folau's thighs and was unable to wrap. Don't understand what Barnesy was on about with this "came from a distance" argument. What about that try at the end though! That was absolutely incredible by Drew Mitchell. Imagine if Cheika and/or the Australia rugby union had refused to select him (and Giteau who had a cracker again), just because he was playing club rugby in France. They'd really have been shooting themselves in the foot there, wouldn't they..... Miserable twats in the ITV studio wouldn't stop going on about a potentially forward pass to the Advertising Agency, but come on, how dull would you need to be to cancel out a try like that! One other observation: Argentina consistently punched holes in the Australia midfield. If they give Messrs Nonu, Smith and Bill-Williams opportunities to breach them that easily, then they will have a very tough afternoon...

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  •  katman
    katman
    6:44 AM 26/10/2015

    Great game, spolied somewhat by Wayne Barnes. I suspect it wouldn't have changed the outcome, but the yellow card to the Pumas lock was a stupid decision. Even a penalty would have been a bit harsh. He also allowed the Aussie tacklers to contest just about every ruck without releasing the tackled player. Make no mistake, Pocock was brilliant. But he was helped a fair bit by Barnes. Still, this Aussie team looks very good indeed. Final is going to be huge.

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