Rugby World Cup 2023 – Australia on the verge of implosion after defeat against the Welsh

By losing heavily against Wales this Sunday evening (40-6), the Australians sank a little deeper. To hope to qualify for the quarter-finals, the Wallabies only have to count on a poor performance from Fiji.

It was undoubtedly the Wallabies’ worst match since the start of this competition. And undoubtedly the best of the Welsh, it must be admitted. But before talking about Australia’s state of form, an accounting point is necessary.

Currently 3rd in the standings with 6 points, Australia finds itself behind Wales and Fiji. But the Australians have played three matches while the Fijians still have two matches to play in this group stage (Georgia and Portugal). On Sunday (at 5:45 p.m.) when the Wallabies face Portugal for their final group match, they will potentially already be eliminated in the event that Fiji win against Georgia with the bonus the day before. If this is not the case, Eddie Jones’ men will have to count on a poor performance from the Fijians against Portual. In short, the Australians are in a very bad position and on the verge of elimination because although there are still chances mathematically, the reality of things seems a little less reassuring.

A worrying level of play

Against Wales, the Australians will never have been able to compete. It’s simple, there is not a single sector of the game where the Wallabies were not in difficulty. Eddie Jones’ men lost touches, scrums, followed up with a series of approximations with blatant indiscipline, were caught in the rucks and never managed to materialize the few highlights they had. With all that, how can we hope for better than this 40-6 defeat?

Australia was surrounded and showed a very worrying face. “We’re going to have to take responsibility. We let down the Australians in the stands, but also those who support us all over the world. We weren’t up to par, we take responsibility. That’s not the face we want to show “assured Tate McDermott, the Australian scrum-half. “We worked a lot to create a united group. It’s easy to be united in good times, when we win. But we haven’t won much lately. We have a resilient group, but that’s not enough in cleaver matches like this one.” This is not enough and it could be very expensive since the Wallabies could be eliminated for the first time in their history at the end of the group stages.

“It’s a difficult moment to go through and at the same time, it’s the best opportunity to learn. You have to learn to be regular and implement what you know how to do. But yes, it hurts a lot “blurted Eddie Jones.

A not very reassuring assessment well before the World Cup

Australia’s disappointing performances at this World Cup actually aren’t much of a surprise. Because the Wallabies have been at the bottom of the wave for a while now. Eddie Jones’ men are coming out of a Rugby Championship with zero wins including a defeat against the Argentinians on the pitch at CommBank Stadium. In a warm-up match, the Australians lost twice against New Zealand and France. They therefore arrived in this World Cup with a series of five consecutive defeats. During the autumn tour, they had obtained only two victories out of five, including a historic defeat against Italy.

It’s been almost a year since Australia slowly died out. And the arrival of Eddie Jones at the head of the selection last January will ultimately have changed nothing. Australia is on the verge of an abyss which is becoming more and more concrete with a historic elimination in the World Cup which seems to be fast approaching…

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