August 27, 2022
Australia put the Rugby Championship back on track by recording a deserved 25-17 win against South Africa in Adelaide, responding to the humiliating loss to Argentina emphatically.
Dave Rennie's men looked eager to make up for their 48-17 thrashing of the Cougars early on Saturday, with Fraser McReight putting them in charge almost from the start.
Another McReight try, as well as a fine finish from Marika Koroibete, gave the Wallabies an unquestionable lead after the break, although South Africa restored some pride with two late strikes from Kwagga Smith.
But the final score ended up not reflecting Australia's superiority, as they inflicted back-to-back defeats on the out-of-form visitors.
The Wallabies got off to a great start and got ahead in less than two minutes; McReight went down after good work from Saia Fainga'a and Nic White after the hosts gained possession at South Africa 22.
After opening his account with the subsequent conversion, Noah Lolesio took a penalty just five minutes later as the hosts established a 10-point lead.
Handre Pollard cut the gap to 24 minutes with a penalty of his own as South Africa finally responded, but that was the sum of their first-half efforts as the Springboks spurned several chances to cut the hosts' lead.
The visitors had to pay for their waste eight minutes after the break when Koroibete dove in between two shots to convert after White tipped to the left.
Australia added some sparkle to the scoring when James Slipper found Lolesio in space with a neat set-piece, allowing the number 10 to slip past McReight to facilitate his second try of the match.
The visitors managed to at least salvage some pride and deny their opponents an extra point when Smith took advantage of a defensive mix-up to cross uncontested with five minutes to go before doubling in the final whistle.
But even that late hustle didn't stop South Africa going eight Tests without an away win against Australia (D1 L7) as Rennie's side climbed to nine points at the top of the Championship standings.
McReight on Rampant Double Wallabies
With the home crowd waiting for a response following Australia's late defeat of Argentina, McReight calmed their nerves by passing after just 62 seconds.
He then capped off a brilliant move in the 57th minute to hand the Wallabies what turned out to be an undoubted lead.
World champions' problems continue
However, there was no forceful reaction from the Springboks, who were badly beaten by New Zealand last time out and looked off pace for much of this competition.
They still haven't beaten the Wallabies in Australia since September 2013 when they had a comprehensive victory in Brisbane.
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- Kane overtakes Lineker as England's top scorer
Harry Kane overtook Gary Lineker as England's all-time leading goalscorer in major tournaments with his goal against Senegal.
The Tottenham striker scored his side's second goal during Sunday's 3-0 win at the Al Bayt Stadium as the Three Lions scored a Qatar 2022 quarter-final tie with France.
It was Kane's first goal at this year's tournament and took his tally to seven at the World Cup in 10 games, having won the Golden Boot in Russia four years ago.
The striker also scored four goals for England as they reached the Euro 2020 final last year, taking him to 11 goals in major competitions, one more than Lineker has scored.
The 29-year-old is now one goal short of equaling Wayne Rooney (53) as England's all-time top goalscorer, with Kane's 52 goals from 79 appearances.
- Poland coach Michniewicz shows solidarity with Lewandowski after World Cup elimination
Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz can understand the frustration surrounding Robert Lewandowski's role following the team's World Cup elimination.
A 3-1 defeat by France in the round of 16 on Sunday spelled the end of Poland's victory in Qatar, which was left behind by Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappé, who both scored twice. Lewandowski scored a consolation penalty in stoppage time at Al Thumama Stadium.
This was Poland's first World Cup Round of 16 match since 1986, when they lost 4-0 to Brazil in the Round of 16.
In a post-defeat press conference, Michniewicz highlighted the positive aspect of his team reaching the last 16 for the first time in 36 years, although he was disappointed with the result.
"Unfortunately, this tournament is over for us. After 36 years, we reached the round of 16, but we face the current world champions. Congratulations to France", he said.
"We had good 0-0 situations and I think a lot of things changed before the break with [Giroud's] goal in the 44th minute, the French calmed down and we were nervous.
"We knew we could still recover, we made some changes to the timing, another striker [Arkadiusz Milik] came on and there were moments we could score. [But then] Mbappé scored fantastically and even Wojciech [Szczesny] couldn't help. occasion, despite having had an excellent tournament.
"After a few weeks and months, I think we'll be able to look back and recognize that we accomplished something here that we haven't achieved in 36 years."
Michniewicz declined to discuss his own future, as his contract reportedly expires at the end of the tournament, and was also asked about the 34-year-old Lewandowski, who scored his first two World Cup goals in Qatar but cut an isolated figure. during Poland. 'Bell.
"He himself will decide his future," said the coach. "Looking at the way he is playing, I think he will be captain for years. Let's see if he plays in the next World Cup."
“Expectations are always high and the same goes for Lewandowski. His situation is complicated. The style of Portugal or France is more beneficial for attackers. We have a different style, we have some limitations and we need to focus on others and close the gap. levels against [Lionel] Messi, Mbappé and other strikers".
Of the Barcelona striker, he added: "It's a difficult situation for Lewandowski but I still think he will always score for the national team."
Mbappé was in top form, becoming the youngest player to reach five goals in a World Cup knockout stage since Pelé in 1958, and Michniewicz praised the speedy striker.
"You don't need to be a coach to know what France's greatest strength is, we always wanted to have two players in [Ousmane] Dembele and Mbappé," said the Poland coach.
"Giroud is so smart in the penalty area that he usually scores in the middle of the goal after the wingers work. We were ready for that, but no coach has a recipe for stopping Mbappé in the form he is in.
"A fantastic player, he hurt us today. I think he will be the one to take over as the best in the world for many years to come."
- Giroud relieved to leave France's record behind after surpassing Henry's mark in victory over Poland
Olivier Giroud vowed to put his 52nd goal for France behind him after helping Les Bleus reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a 3-1 victory over Poland.
Giroud equaled Thierry Henry's France record of 51 goals by scoring twice against Australia in his team's World Cup opener last month, and went one better by opening the scoring with a strong finish at the Al Thumama Stadium. or Sunday.
Kylian Mbappé then scored two landmark goals as France maintained their record lead through all of the World Cup last 16, with this sixth victory coming before a meeting with England or Senegal.
When asked about his record TF1 goal, Giroud said he was simply relieved that talk of when his historic goal would arrive had ended.
"My wife and kids were there, as well as my childhood friend. It's been a childhood dream of mine to beat Thierry Henry like that," said Giroud.
A lot of people told me it was coming, now I'm leaving it behind and my obsession is to get as far as possible with the team.
"I was a little frustrated that we couldn't capitalize on one or two of the crosses we put in earlier in the game, so I really wanted to score that goal, just to stop talking about it!"
The victory means France remain on course to become the first team to retain the World Cup since Brazil did in 1962, while Les Bleus have lost just one of their seven knockout ties at the tournament to Didier Deschamps.
France lost a number of key players, including Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante, to injuries ahead of the tournament, and Giroud believes strong team spirit helped them cope.
“The adventure continues. We told each other in the locker room that in order to have a great experience together, we had to come together and be one," said Giroud.
"We knew how to find the right words in the dressing room, we have a great group of friends, it shows on the pitch. This team is rewarded for its effort."
Midfielder Adrien Rabiot concurred, adding: "It makes me happy, you have to leave the pitch with no regrets, that's what I try to do every game for as long as it lasts.
“Above all, we must insist on the solidarity and unity of this team, that is what makes us strong. If we continue like this, we can do great things.”
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