Sources: BBC Sports, Nine World of Sports. Two time Rugby World Cup Champions, Australia are on the brink of a World Cup group stage exit for the first time after they were thrashed 40-6 by Wales.
Wallabies have hit rock bottom as Rugby World Cup after a tryless “embarrassing” loss to Wales.
Australia were penalised a little more than 10 seconds into the match after captain Dave Porecki failed to roll away and that set the tone for a match where Wales kicked 6 oenaltiespunctuated by penalty after penalty.
The stunning win places Wales as the first team through to the quarter-finals while the Wallabies now need a miracle to avoid an historic elimination.
All it needs now is Fiji is to beat Georgia next weekend and Australia are out.
Tweets have blown up on X as Australian Captain David Porecki bravely fronts up for the post match interview.
“I’m embarrassed for the Aussie people,” said Porecki who adds thar they will prepare for next weekends clash against Portugal to “earn a bit of respect back.”
Australia’s coach, Eddie Jones had made the decision to dump veteran Wallabies Captain, Michael Hooper as well as Quade Cooper from his squad for the tournament – gambling on youth for the tilt at a third world title.
The omission of flanker Michael Hooper, who has captained the Wallabies for the best part of the last decade, and 80-cap fly-half Cooper made the headlines as surprises prior to the RWC
“The experts have written us off. No one believes we can do it, but we believe,” Eddie Jones said in a press release.
“I’ve backed the young blokes because they earned it. Simple as that. I haven’t handed it to them. They grabbed it. It’s exciting for me to go to work each day with these guys who are just busting to improve, to learn and to get better.”
Perhaps the Rugby World Cup is not the stage for improving and learning…
Wales tops Pool D without a loss and will play Georgia in the last round.
Fiji have registered a loss to Wales and beat Australia last weekend. Fiji will play Georgia this Sunday and Portugal for their last match of the pool stages.
Score: Wales 40 Australia 6
Wales XV: 15 Liam Williams; 14 Louis Rees Zammit, 13 George North, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Jac Morgan (Capt), 6 Aaron Wainwright, 5 Adam Beard, 4 Will Rowlands, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Gareth Thomas.
Australia XV: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Ben Donaldson, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Tom Hooper, 6 Rob Leota, 5 Richie Arnold, 4 Nick Frost, 3 James Slipper, 2 David Porecki (Capt), 1 Angus Bell.