Congrats to the Aussies, never looked like you were going to lose. Argentina, keep your heads up. You lost against a really good team. See you in the 3rd place play-offs, can't see SA performing there to be honest. Just hope there is no further injuries, senseless game for me.
Im not sure if it never looked likdecisions y were not going to lose.
Argentina didnt play well (losing Imhoff, Creevy and Hernandez left us with no chances), but with 10 minutes to go Australia was only winning by 7 and the Pumas had posession and were attacking.
Granted, Argentina was not attacking well and Australia's defense was tremendous.
The 3rd place game is always senseless and I agree that game shouldnt exist in any tournament.
But for the Pumas and for all of us in Argentina is an important game.
We are not used to being in the main stage and a 3rd place in a RWC for us is a very big deal.
Although I understand that the game is senseless for the boks, would you say they will not want to lose it and play at 100% capacity?
I dont think we have a chance having 3 of our most importante players out, but I'd like to know how the springboks are going to face this game.
as a kiwi waching this game I'm mostly glad Wayne Barnes is not going to ref the final.
I think he let both teams get away with murder at the breakdown, more so Australia but a couple of the worse calls benefited Argentina. One where an Argentinian player won a penalty with his feet almost the whole length of his body away from the ball. He was in almost like a push-up position. That is complete and utter BS.
IMO for a player to win a turnover they should need to have been completely clear of the tackle and be directly over the ball with their weight on their feet. They should be penalized for hands & elbows on the ground or putting their weight on the tackled player. Barnes just seemed to allow anything.
Pocock made a lot of turnovers by either being off his feat or being a tackle assist and never releasing the player. when that happens its almost better being the team without the ball. get some territory give the opposition the ball and then win an easy breakdown penalty.
I really liked Argentinians back play in this game but they generally really lacked offloads and support play. so often a player would find a gap or overlap and they would dummy/step and go themselves and eventually be tackled with the ball rather than look for support, draw and pass or offload.
I think that was the reason why they couldn't finish any of the many opportunities they created.
Aussies scramble really well on defense, you can't expect to make a line break pass once or twise and run in a try. you need a linebreak and at least a couple of offloads to get past their lines of defense and cover.
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