Rugby, Argentina and Australia secure the semifinal
Argentina become the third semifinalist team of the eighth edition of the World Rugby Championship after the remarkable success against the Republic of Ireland. The Pumas, who had won just five of their 15 encounters, played a perfect match, qualifying for the second time in the history of the top four teams in the event. At Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium in front of 72,000 spectators, 50,000 of them Irish, the Latin American team started the meeting in the best way leading 17-0 after just 13 games. New Zealand Green coach Joe Schmidt had promised Ireland for the first time in the semifinals, despite important shortcomings such as captain Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien, Jared Payne and most recently Johnny Sexton. However, the Pumas started the match brilliantly, twice within 9 brenda, with players such as Moroni and Imhoff, while Nicolas Sanchez proved unmistakable in the conversion opportunities. The injury to number 14 Tommy Bowe exacerbated the situation for the Irish, however, as substitute Luke Fitzgerald reopened the match at 26 ′ for the reigning champions in the Six Nations Cup.
This was also affected by the yellow card taken at 17 ′ by Argentina’s No. 3 Ramiro Herrera, who temporarily left 14 players on the field for the team ranked 6th in the overall world rankings. The Irish ranked third in this classification, finishing first with a score of 20-10, however at the start of the second half the “green” responded well by scoring at 4 ′, with number 6 Jordi Murphy making the most of it a fine Fitzgerald stock. The duel then went on with a penalty kick by both teams, however Ian Madigan missed the opportunity to equalize to 23-23 after an hour of play. Unlike what was expected in the last quarter of the match, the Argentines showed an astonishing physical freshness and thanks to their usual character they scored twice again with Tuculet and Imhoff scoring in the 69th and 73rd minutes respectively. the remainder merely served to complete this masterpiece and the whites closed the entire match with a deep score of 43-20. The best player of the match and the hero for the Argentine of course was the number 10 Nicolas Sanchez, who thanks to 23 points became at the same time the best scorer of this world, with 74.
The Irish had won their last five encounters, even the last two just last year inside Argentina, however the Puma who had secured their deepest victory by 16 points this time crossed the line of imagination. for the “green” to collect the eighth defeat in as many attempts at direct elimination matches. In the semifinals, Argentina will face off against Australia, as it was expected to beat Scotland in the final quarterfinals. Quite unlike what was once thought southwest of London, at Twickenham, in front of 77,000 spectators and amid heavy rain the Wallabies needed a 26-year-old Sydney Bernard Foley penalty kick that they Scottish hearts right at the last minute, scoring 3 set points that also fixed the final score 35-34.