The Wallabies are no longer relying on themselves to qualify for the second phase of the global competition. They must beat Portugal and hope for a series of away results.
Australia is heading for a historic failure at the Rugby World Cup. After the setback caused by the defeat against Fiji, This Sunday the Wallabies succumbed to Wales and no longer depend on themselves to qualify for the second phase of the global competition.
Those led by Warren Gatland managed to force the ocean table to make mistakes. The final score was 40-6 for the Europeans. An expressive result that reflects the crisis of one of the players who usually arrives as favorite in the highest competition of the oval.
Australia, however, still has minimal chances of qualifying. They must win, and with bonus points, against Portugal and hope that Fiji, their tormentor from the first day, lose to Georgia and Portugal. Any different combination will leave the Wallabies eliminated in the first round something that has never happened to them before in their history.
After the Australian setback, Head coach Eddie Jones took full responsibility for the poor results. “I have a contract, but obviously at the end of the World Cup they will review my performance and at the moment it is not good enough,” he admits.
“It’s all up to me, I take full responsibility. My training was not good enough. “I don’t need to worry about the future, I just need to worry about the match against Portugal,” he added in self-criticism.
In this sense, the coach affirms that they will fight to maintain their chances until the end of the initial phase in France. “Australia has always had its ups and downs and we are going through a very bad time right now. and we just have to fight our way out. The opportunity is there to do it,” he said.
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