Australia will take on New Zealand in what is a mouth-watering 2015 Rugby World Cup Final following a 29-15 victory over a brave Argentina side in their Semi-Final played in London on Sunday.
In front of 80,025 people at Twickenham, the Wallabies produced yet another courageous defensive performance to hold off countless Pumas attacks as they ran in four tries to book their ticket in the decider.
Winger Adam Ashley-Cooper was the star of the show as he scored a hat-trick of tries, including the sealer in the dying minutes to send the Wallabies into their first Rugby World Cup Final in 12-years.
“We had to work hard to stop them scoring a try so I’m really happy with our defence,” Cheika told reporters afterwards.
“We gave away too many penalties in the first half but tried to rectify that in the second.”
“Overall, I’m happy we scored four tries, I think we can improve again, and that’s important.”
It was yet another brilliant defensive performance by the Michael Cheika coached team who will now meet reigning champions and the best team in the world in New Zealand in the final.
Remarkably it is the first time in Rugby World Cup history that the Wallabies and All-Blacks will meet in the tournament’s decider with the winner of the match to become the first team to win three Rugby World Titles.
The All-Blacks had booked their ticket into the decider with a gritty 20-18 victory over South Africa at the same venue on Saturday and the Wallabies got off to a dream start against the Pumas as lock Rob Simmons intercepted a pass and scored the game’s opening try in just the second minute.
Ashley-Cooper, who has been brilliant for the Wallabies all tournament then scored two tries as Australia ran in three tries in the first half to go in with a 19-9 lead over Argentina at the main break.
However, just like that Quarter-Final against Scotland the Wallabies should have been further in front but for errant kicking and gifting the Pumas three penalties.
Two penalties to one saw Argentine move to within a converted try of Australia but the Wallabies dug deep and defensively held off wave after wave of Pumas attacks.
Incredibly the Wallabies laid 142 tackles, with their outstanding back-row, lead by David Pocock and Michael Hooper as well as forgotten man Scott Fardy all instrumental in keeping the Pumas out.
Leading 22-15 in the final 10-minutes the Wallabies finally sealed their place in the final as winger drew Mitchell found space and cut out a long pass to Ashley-Cooper who crossed over the line and sent Australia into the final.
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