SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) — Australia smothered a ferocious comeback by Portugal to win their gripping first matchup 34-14 within the Rugby World Cup on Sunday.
The bonus-point victory stored alive the Wallabies’ faint quarterfinal hopes.
Their remaining Pool C match moved them into second place and the second quarterfinal spot, they usually must keep in France for one more week with out one other recreation assured to attend to see if Fiji overtakes them.
Fiji is one level behind and must take just one level in opposition to Portugal subsequent Sunday in Toulouse to advance and ship Australia residence.
Portugal couldn’t put Australia out of its distress on Sunday nevertheless it warmed the hearts in a packed Stade Geoffroy-Guichard with its daring and elegance.
Os Lobos scored two tries and had two others dominated out. However, crucially, when Australia was lowered to 14 and 13 males after an hour, the Portuguese couldn’t end quite a few possibilities.
The Wallabies’ scramble defence stopped a lineout maul and compelled two knock ons. Portugal lastly earned a transformed attempt from alternative No. 8 Rafael Simoes with 10 minutes to go however the effort exhausted them.
Australia confirmed its expertise and scientific edge when Samu Kerevi got here out of the sin-bin and his surge up the center was completed by the enigmatic Marika Koroibete. Australia’s fifth attempt capped the scoring.