Rugby World Cup 2023 – Wales – Australia: “The most important match of the professional era for Australian rugby”, says Tim Horan

This is one of the most important matches of this group stage. Australia faces Wales this Sunday evening at 9 p.m. A match which will be decisive for Australia’s qualification for the final phase of this World Cup. Tim Horan, former world champion with the Wallabies in 1991 and 1999, underlines the importance of this meeting.

“This is probably the biggest game for the Wallabies since the 2015 World Cup final. It may even be the most important game of the professional era for Australian rugby.”assure Tim Horan. A decisive moment for Australia, here is how the former world champion sees this clash against Wales. This is understandable since the Wallabies have never been eliminated in the group stages.

Play for the country

Third in Group C tied with Fiji, the Australians are obliged to win against Wales to hope for a place in the quarter-final. “In the context of the state of rugby in Australia, the number of visitors who support the Wallabies, the number of people who support them at home, we need to win this game to qualify for the quarter-finals.” A match that enlivens an entire country.

“We need to rediscover some of the DNA of Australian rugby”

Feverish with a messy game, Eddie Jones’ men will have to find solutions to counter the Red Devils. According to Tim Horan, we must return to the very essence of the game that characterizes the Wallabies: “We need to get back some of the DNA of Australian rugby, which is ball in hand, running rugby.” A fast, possession game to try to destabilize the Welsh. One of the keys for Australia is a fit Tate McDermott, explains the world champion: “If the Wallabies are going to win, Tate McDermott has to be man of the match. He has to be able to establish himself as a scrum-half. They missed him last week.”

Le danger Dan Biggar

For the former three-quarter center, the danger comes from Dan Biggar. A single watchword to overcome Wales, discipline: “Dan Biggar can pass penalties from anywhere, that’s crucial. If the number of penalties awarded against us is less than 10, I think we can win the match. As soon as we get into double digits, we’re going to struggle.” As a reminder, Australia lost 22-15 against Fiji, letting their opponents slip away a lot of points with 18 penalties conceded.

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