Wallabies are fair dinkum
The Wallabies have a fair dinkum chance to become the first team ever to win the Webb Ellis Cup for a third time.
By winning the 'pool of death' – beating Fiji, England and Wales – they will now avoid the All Blacks and Springboks on the way to the Final.
The Wallabies have not lost a World Cup game (1991, 1999 and 2015) in the United Kingdom yet!
Winning your pool, is not winning the Webb Ellis Cup, that is true.
AussieBoer gets that. However, the way the Aussies demolished the English has a similar feeling to when Jake White's Springboks smashed England in their 2007 pool game.
It was not pretty against Wales.
However, that is classic Test rugby.
Brutal defence and pressure equals mistakes.
Both teams made errors. However, it was those little battles won, especially at the breakdown, gave the Wallabies the edge.
David Pocock is now the most influential player in the world.
To beat Wales without Michael Hooper and at some stage just 13 men on the park, says a lot about the mental toughness of the men from Australia.
Bernard Foley is their unsung hero, just as Butch James was at the 2007 World Cup.
It's the little things that he does – the breaks, kicking at goal and making crucial tackles, like the one on the giant wing George North – that makes him a match winner.
He showed that he can take a tackle as well, yes, this wallaby has nuts of steal.
The biggest compliment should go to Michael Cheika.
Yes, I appreciate it that the Wallabies have not won the World Cup yet.
However, in a brief stint since end of November 2014, Cheika has proven that all other coaches who always play their get out of jail 'judge me after the World Cup' rubbish, are exactly that.
You don't need to build four years to be successful.
Cheika, won the Super Rugby trophy last year and his Waratahs loss in the semifinals this year.
He is the only coach to have won a major trophy in both hemispheres – as he coached Leinster to a European Cup in 2009.
So what makes Cheika different?
His Wallabies are the last team to have beaten the current World Cup champions and won the Rugby Championship this year, while the Wallaby cabinet also includes the Mandela Plate and Puma trophy.
He is a 'no-nonsense' coach – just as Nick Mallet, Eddie Jones and John Mitchell were.
Jones (hooker) and Cheika (No.8) played their club rugby together at Randwick and Jones said that Cheika was a good player, but an even a better sledger!
It's not just Cheika's approach (he has previously walked in at half-time during a Waratahs game swinging a three-wood at his players) of bringing physicality in to the Wallabies game plan, he is also a believer in 'carrying the ball' – as opposed to just kicking it away.
To put the cherry on top, it is not just Cheika's acknowledgement that players must be given 'freedom' to express themselves – he also included the astute brilliant former Wallaby Stephen Larkham and former Puma scrum guru Mario Ledesma, to give a good, not brilliant, Wallabies team an competitive factor.
And this is where AussieBoer always questioned Heyneke Meyer's choices of those who assist him.
What can Johan van Graan and Ricardo Loubscher add to improve and give the Boks the competitive edge?
Not a lot considering that the Boks in the last four years have not won the Rugby Championship and lost against Japan and the Argentina for the first time in history.
Pieter de Villiers knows a thing or two about scrums.
However, none of Meyer's 'gurus' will question nor challenge his decisions. Challenges will be more player driven.
PS: Is it just AussieBoer or has Craig Joubert become bigger than the game?
That yellow card on Dean Mumm for making contact in the air (he actually also made contact with the ball) is a penalty offence, but, not worth a yellow!
Joubert also correctly gave George North his marching orders.
However, if AussieBoer could change one law in this wonderful game, it would be that you are allowed to stop an attack by knocking the ball down.
To yours truly it is just brilliant defence if you can defuse a' two-on-one attack'.
In Rugby League (ditto in Touch Rugby) this is not a professional foul and AussieBoer believes they've got it right.
Joubert is trying his utmost to be the whistle blower in the final again.
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