Update: South African coach Peter de Villiers has resigned following the Springboks defeat to Australia, ending a reign of nearly four years as Head Coach. No word yet as to whether his assistant coaches will stay on.
So it is the Wallabies who go through to the next round of the Rugby World Cup, taking on either the All Blacks or Argentina in the semi-finals after an unconvincing performance against the World champions South Africa.
Whilst brilliant at the ruck, where Pocock excelled, they lacked composure when under real pressure in the second half, with Quade Cooper producing a catalogue of erratic moments with fluffed kicks and loose passes. South Africa’s intensity in the tackle meant Australia failed to cut loose as we’ve seen them do so many times this year.
The Boks will not believe they lost this one. They bossed the territory, the possession, the lineout, and to an extent the scrum, and yet have ended up on the losing side thanks to a dubious penalty decision from the once again controversial Bryce Lawrence. From not making the most of the ball in the second half, they as a result are heading home.
What did you make of this morning’s game? Can Australia make the final?