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2015 Rugby World Cup: Australia book final clash with New Zealand after beating Argentina

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Modified 26 Oct 2015, 10:50 IST
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Action from the second semifinal

The Wallabies set up a marquee final at the 2015 Rugby World Cup against their trans-Tasman rivals and defending champions New Zealand. Adam Ashley-Cooper scored a hat-trick for the Aussies as they beat the Argentines 29-15 in an open \and entertaining game.

The Wallabies got off to a flying start as Ashley-Cooper and forward Rob Simmons scored in the first 10 minutes and that helped them to a 19-9 lead at the break. Simmonsscored after just 68 seconds after intercepting a Nicolas Sanchez pass. Ashley-Cooper then added the other after a superb pass from Foley found him in acres of space.

Ashley Cooper added another one from a pass from Matt Giteau. Argentina though had a really good chance before half-time to get that try, but full-back Joaquin Tuculet couldn’t keep hold of the pass from Juan Martin Hernandez with the try-line so close. 

The Pumas tried to rally in the second half, and they did bring that down to 22-15. The Wallabies kept them out and Ashley-Cooper and Drew Mitchell added two more knockout tries to make sure there was no way back for Argentina.

With a large Argentine contingent backing them inside Twickenham, the South Americans tried to play their fast-paced and flowing game, but could not score a single try past the Wallabies’ defence as all their points came from the boot of their fly-half Nicolas Sanchez. 

Both teams ran the ball well and refused to play any defensive rugby and that made for an entertaining affair. Bernard Foley made three conversions and a penalty for the Aussies. The returning David Pocock was immense for the Wallabies at loose flanker as he got stuck into the attacks and helped repel everything that came their way and along with Michael Hooper made sure that no Argentine attack ever resulted in a try. 

The final takes place on Saturday at Twickenham stadium and will be the first world cup final between the two rivals with both having won the cup twice. The winner will thus get the bragging Australia book final clash with New Zealand after beating Argentinarights of the most successful side in the Rugby World Cup.

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Published 26 Oct 2015, 10:43 IST
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