“It was a very long road to get here, we had to play lots of matches to obtain the last place at the World Cup“, flyhalf Felipe Berchesi said.
BIRMINGHAM, England A second-string Australia ran in 11 tries to hammer Uruguay 65-3 at Villa Park on Sunday and ease to the top of Rugby World Cup Pool A ahead of their crunch encounters with England and Wales.
“I think that’s what the two months in the Rugby Championship were all about, building that depth in each position”, Sio said.
He earned his first cap in almost five years in Australia’s victory over Argentina in the second match of the tournament and made his first start since August 2010 in the win over the All Blacks in Sydney two weeks later.
“Sean McMahon’s initial selection was for a certain reason and he’s certainly bringing that and he’s fulfilling his role within the team and when he gets his opportunity to play for Australia he needs to cherish that because not everyone gets that chance”, Cheika added.
What he said: “They are two unbelievable players and I’m just working my way to try and eventually maybe get a spot there”.
“Stephen Moore, Michael Hooper and Adam Ashley-Cooper have done an outstanding job as a leadership team this season and I’m extremely grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to what they’ve created and lead the team on Sunday”.
In other results, Ireland beat Romania 44-10 in front a Cup record crowd of 89,267 at Wembley, and Scotland came from behind to beat the United States 39-16.
After Mitchell’s double strike, which helped to subdue the Uruguayans after their bright start to the second half, McCalman and man-of-the-match McMahon also grabbed second tries to push Australia over the 50-point mark.
He is looking to the mental lessons he’s been drilling into his squad to get the Wallabies through the big pressure moments when the game is in the balance and the decibel level of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” sung by the Twickenham faithful makes it hard to communicate.
“We’ve been preparing our defensive system and also our physical fitness to be up to it. Every time we have the ball we’re going to attack…to test ourselves because we’re facing the best in the world”.
“No one’s won the World Cup unless they’ve won every game”, he said.
The Wallabies face an week of scrutiny and hype as England fight to stay alive in their home World Cup.
That should explain everything you need to know about the ferocity of the fight for the No7 gold jersey.
“[McMahon and McCalman] scored four tries between them so that’s a reasonable effort”.
The game was over as a contest, and the second half became a chance for the Australian players to express themselves and try to force themself into next week’s starting team.