Hosts England crashed out of their own World Cup after a 33-13 loss to Australia. England had lost to fierce rivals Wales 28-25 a week earlier, so needed to win against the Wallabies to keep up their chances of progressing from the ‘group of death’, pool A.
After Wales stunned England at Twickenham with a gutsy performance to give them the advantage, England knew only a win would keep them in the competition. However, they never looked like winning, with Aussie fly-half Bernard Foley scoring 28 of the Wallabies’ points.
It means that head coach Stuart Lancaster’s job is in danger, as are many of the places in the team itself. With high hopes going into the competition, England fell short, and the RFU will know change is needed.
For Wales, it has been a stunning World Cup. Already with a injury-hit team, players have dropped like flies throughout the competition, including some stars. However, captain Sam Warburton and his team have fought against the odds to qualify for the quarter-finals, thanks to Dan Biggar’s strange but successful kicking routine.
While Wales will be happy to have simply qualified, Australia will be looking at winning the tournament, especially with reigning champions New Zealand misfiring. With duo David Pocock and Michael Hooper at their best, they looked a formidable opponent for any side.