FULL TIME ARGENTINA 15-29 AUSTRALIA
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Unsurprisingly, Australian winger Adam Ashley-Cooper has been awarded the man of the match award for his hat-trick of tries.
What a campaign it’s been for the Pumas though, with the highlight undoubtedly being last week’s fantastic victory over Ireland. Unfortunately, the dream is now over, but Argentina have one more match to focus on, as they will play South Africa in the bronze medal match next Saturday, and both teams will be forced to watch the final between Australia and New Zealand from the stands / their hotel rooms / the pub.
Tears from the Pumas in the stands and on the pitch. A great effort from the Pumas but on the day Australia were just too good and Argentina simply couldn’t penetrate the resolute Australian defence.
[80 min] Argentina 15-29 Australia FULL TIME
Time is up at Twickenham as Australia advance to the World Cup Final after beating the Pumas 29-15 in a breathtaking encounter.
[79 min] Argentina 15-29 Australia
Pumas attack but it comes to nothing despite threatening to break through the Australian lines a couple of times.
[76 min] Argentina 15-29 Australia
Fardy and McCalman swap again with the latter re-entering the pitch. Time is rapidly running out here for the Pumas as Australia has the ball in the Argentine half.
[72 min] Argentina 15-29 Australia
TRY AUSTRALIA. Ah. A great break down the left wing from Drew Mitchell before he dances across the pitch and passes the ball to his fellow winger Ashley-Cooper who scores his third try of the day. Foley with the conversion. Shit.
[70 min] Argentina 15-22 Australia
Into the last 10 minutes… Getting a bit tense here in the office.
[69 min] Argentina 15-22 Australia
More changes for the Aussies. Phipps and Mumm on for Genia and try-scorer Simmons.
[67 min] Argentina 15-22 Australia
Toomua on for Folau at full back for Australia. Australia with a penalty and kick to the 22 where they now have the line out. Strong defence from the Pumas as they win the ball and hack it away.
[64 min] Argentina 15-22 Australia
Argentina threatening as they manage to find a gap and some neat offloads keep the momentum going, but Australia just about hold firm before turning the ball over and clearing. Figallo on for Hererra in the Argentine front row, while Fardy has come back on for Australia for McCalman.
[60 min] Argentina 15-22 Australia
Australia try a drop goal but it’s comfortably wide and doesn’t even reach the goal posts in the end. Alemanno on for Petti in the Argentine second row while Polota-Nau comes on for Australian skipper Moore.
[59 min] Argentina 15-22 Australia
Good power from the Pumas in the scrum (as per) and they eventually win a penalty which they kick to touch, before losing the line out. There looked like a punch from Ashley-Cooper (I think) off the ball there but nothing given.
[58 min] Argentina 15-22 Australia
Australia attack and look threatening but strong defence especially at the breakdown from Argentina earns the Pumas a scrum in their own 22.
[56 min] Argentina 15-22 Australia
Change at scrum half for the Pumas as Cubelli comes on for Landajo for Argentina. For Australia, McCalman comes on for Fardy in the Australian back row.
[54 min] Argentina 15-22 Australia
No problems for Sánchez as he slots over the penalty. Back to seven points in it. More changes to tell you about as Isa comes on for Senatore in the Argentine back row. For Australia, Smith and Holmes on for Slipper and Kepu
[53 min] Argentina 12-22 Australia
Argentina keep coming at Australia but stout defence from the Aussies keeps them at bay but the Pumas now have a penalty, which Argentina kick to the corner and there’s now a lineout to the Pumas just inside the Australian 22. Argentina has won another penalty.
[46 min] Argentina 12-22 Australia
Hernández went off for de la Fuente a few minutes ago, and Australia make a change too as Kurtley Beale comes into the backline for Giteau. Penalty for Australia after Fernández Lobbe goes off his feet in the ruck and Foley has remembered that he can actually kick, slotting the bal over to restore the Aussies’ 10 point lead.
[44 min] Argentina 12-19 Australia
Australian scrum coming under pressure again from Argentina and the Pumas pack wins a penalty. Fairly central, just outside the 22. Easy for Sánchez, who reduces the deficit to just seven points.
[42 min] Argentina 9-19 Australia
Well, Foley has shanked it wide again and a let-off for Argentina.
[41 min] Argentina 9-19 Australia
Underway in the second half. Australia have already won a penalty after Argentina failed to roll away. Not the best start for the Pumas.
Nearly time for the second half. Even though Argentina are only 10 points behind, only one team has EVER overturned a 10 point deficit in a Rugby World Cup knockout match. (France against New Zealand in 2007.)
Argentina managed to survive the early Australian onslaught and are hanging on in there. The Pumas have done well to keep the deficit to 10 points, but losing Imhoff and Creevy in the first half could be a massive loss.
[40 mins] Argentina 9-19 Australia HALF TIME
AH so close for the Pumas. Landajo manages to break through an Australian tackle and offloads to Hernández, who manages to offload to Tuculet, who can’t quite hold on to the ball. A scrum later and that’s half-time.
[36 min] Argentina 9-19 Australia
PENALTY ARGENTINA. Argentina win a penalty about 30 meters from goal and Nicolás Sánchez has an easy conversion which he comfortably slots over the posts.
[32 min] Argentina 6-19 Australia
TRY AUSTRALIA. Uh oh. Just after captain Agustin Creevy goes off injured, Australia spread the ball wide and a fantastic pass from Matt Giteau finds Ashley-Cooper for his second try in the opposite corner. Foley shanks the kick wide of the left post.
[29 min] Argentina 6-14 Australia
Argentina have a scrum in their own 22 and more problems in the scrum see the Pumas win the penalty and clear to touch.
[26 min] Argentina 6-14 Australia
The ball goes into touch and the TMO has a look at a poor tackle from second row Tomás Lavanini after he failed to wrap his arms around in the tackle and effectively shoulder charged the Australian player. He’s shown a yellow card and is in the sin bin for ten minutes as things don’t get any easier for the Pumas.
[24 min] Argentina 6-14 Australia
Nicolás Sánchez slots over from the left touchline, making it 28 out of 32 successful kicks for the Argentine fly-half this tournament.
[22 min] Argentina 3-14 Australia
A fantastic kick gives Argentina the line-out five metres away from the Australian try line but strong defence from the Aussies earns them the put in at the scrum. The scrum takes place on the third attempt, but collapses again and Argentina have a penalty.
[18 min] Argentina 3-14 Australia
Bad news for the Pumas as their leading try scorer Juan Imhoff has gone off injured, being replaced by Lucas González Amorosino.
[17 min] Argentina 3-14 Australia
Good work from the Pumas as they win a penalty at the breakdown just inside the Australian half, but it comes to nothing as Australia steal the ball again and clear downfield.
[15 min] Argentina 3-14 Australia
The camera pans to Diego Maradona in the stands. He made it and is going absolutely mental.
[11 mins] Argentina 3-14 Australia
First scrum of the afternoon after Santiago Cordero knocks on and Australia spread the ball wide and Adam Ashley-Cooper goes over to score in the corner. Foley adds the conversion with a brilliant kick.
[6 mins] Argentina 3-7 Australia
Argentina win a line-out in the Australian half and quickly move the ball out to Marcelo Bosch but he is brought down. After several more phases Argentina win a penalty, with Nicolás Sánchez slotting Argentina’s first points of the afternoon. Fantastic response from the Pumas.
[1 min] Argentina 0-7 Australia
Nightmare start for Argentina as Australia score in the opening minutes after second-row Rob Simmons intercepted the ball and ran through under the posts. Bernard Foley added the extras.
Anthems have been sung, tears have been shed, we are moments away from kick-off in Twickenham, south-west London.
Here are the lineups in full:
Joaquín Tuculet, Santiago Cordero, Marcelo Bosch, Juan Martín Hernández, Juan Imhoff, Nicolás Sánchez, Martín Landajo; Marcos Ayerza, Agustin Creevy ©, Ramiro Herrera, Guido Petti, Tomás Lavanini, Pablo Matera, Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, Leonardo Senatore
Julian Montoya, Lucas Noguera, Juan Figallo, Matias Alemanno, Facundo Isa, Tomás Cubelli, Jerónimo de la Fuente, Lucas González Amorosino
Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, Bernard Foley, Will Genia; James Slipper, Stephen Moore ©, Sekope Kepu, Kane Douglas, Rob Simmons, Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper, David Pocock
Tatafu Polota-Nau, Toby Smith, Greg Holmes, Dean Mumm, Ben McCalman, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua, Kurtley Beale
Argentine center Marcelo Bosch returns after being suspended from Argentina’s 43-20 victory over Ireland last weekend, while Australia make three changes. Full back Israel Folau and number 8 David Pocock return from injury, while prop James Slipper also comes in after Australia controversially edged past Scotland 35-34 with a last-minute penalty.
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