The Wallabies will face Argentina on Monday at Twickenham Stadium in the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2015.
Australia’s narrow victory against the Scots was their sixth consecutive win, making it their best performance since they made the RWC final in 2003, but they have to deal with some injury problems to make it seventh.
Three of Australia’s star players, Israel Folau, David Pocock and Scott Sio, still remain in doubt and were hardly seen in training with the team on Thursday. Pocock, carrying a strained calf injury, did not attempt to run with the team, only training on a stationary bike. Folau trained for 10 minutes and Sio, with a heavily strapped shoulder, joined the team very briefly.
Coach Michael Cheika will still be likely to name Folau and Pocock on Friday if they train with the side that day. Replacements Kurtley Beale and Ben McCalman would still remain in the side and James Slipper would likely to move into Sio’s position.
Argentina’s 2015 campaign has been one filled with success, with their first win in South Africa and qualifying for their second World Cup semi-final out of three competitions. They also have injuries woes, with their hooker and captain, Agustin Creevy suffering a leg injury and will be needing to pass a fitness test in order to play.
In their last five meetings, Australia have won four out of five. In the 2013 Rugby Championship in Perth, Australia just managed to steal victory from Argentina, winning 14-13.
Players to watch
Nicolas Sanchez, Argentina’s fly-half is their leading point scorer for the team. He has racked up 74 points throughout the tournament. He played a key role in Argentina’s 43-20 quarter-final win over Ireland. He could be a real threat for the Wallabies defence.
Bernard Foley will play a pivotal role in Australia’s attack and kicking game. He gave Australia a chance to redeem
themselves this week, after kicking a penalty goal in the 79th minute that won them the game. His accuracy and power is much needed for his team.
Wallabies to win by 10 points. If Australia can string together with the right mindset, they should be able to triumph over Argentina. – Sam Pasfield
Top photo of The Wallabies after their 35-34 victory against Scotland, from The Wallabies Official Facebook Page