Australia has defeated Argentina 29-15 in a thriller to set up a date with New Zealand in the finals of the Rugby World Cup. The Aussies managed to hold on to a spirited fightback of a stubborn Argentine side to reach the finals.
The Wallabies rode on Adam Ashley-Cooper’s three-try first half-blitz to grab a 13-point lead in the first session. Nicolas Sanchez hit five penalties for Argentina as they came closer and trailed by only 7 with 26 minutes remaining. It was Ashley-Cooper only who ensured Australia’s victory by succeeding to complete a hat-trick of tries.
Soccer World Cup champion Diego Armando Maradona was on the stands to cheer the Argentine side as they displayed an inspired fight using their explosive runners. But the Argentine side severely lacked the discipline to exploit their overlaps.
Australia will now face neighbor New Zealand in the finals, the first time the two great Antipodean rivals will clash in the Rugby World Cup finals.
Australia won a number of turnovers in the game led by number eight David Pocock’s outstanding performance. Bernard Foley, the fly-half, also added priceless nine points from the tee.