Australia has defeated Wales 15-6 in the final group game to secure top spot in Pool A.
In a game which will go down in Rugby World Cup annals as one of the best exhibitions of defensive play, Australia held fast in a period when it had two players, Will Genia and Dean Mumm, in the sin bin with yellow cards.
The opportunities created in attack by the Wallabies were capitalised on by Bernard Foley and his accurate kicking, adding five penalty goals to the scoreboard in a game which saw no tries scored, but was anything but boring.
Not one try was scored, but that was one hell of a match! #StrongerAsOne— Wallabies (@Wallabies) October 10, 2015
The defence from the Australians was depicted well on social media.
— Jack Quigley (@Jack_Quigley) October 10, 2015
In the earlier game, Scotland defeated Samoa in a tight contest to secure second spot in Pool B and will now meet Australia in the quarter finals.
The World Cup now becomes a tournament of two halves. Although there are still final Pool matches left to play this weekend, the finals series has a vibe all its own with the remaining eight teams regrouping and preparing for battles which will see an increase in the intensity and level of performance required.
The quarter finals will also see the old battle of north versus south come into play in what should be a mouth-watering stage of the tournament.Suggest a correction