Australia reach the Rugby World Cup final with a 29-15 victory over Argentina at Twickenham that includes a hat-trick for winger Adam Ashley-Cooper.
LONDON, UK (OCTOBER 25, 2015) (RUGBY WORLD CUP LTD-IMG) – Adam Ashley-Cooper scored a hat-trick of tries as Australia waltzed into a record-equalling fourth Rugby World Cup final after beating Argentina 29-15 in the second semi-final at Twickenham on Sunday (October 25).
The Wallabies, world champions in 1991 and 1999 and runners-up in 2003, will play their great southern hemisphere rivals New Zealand, also in the final for the fourth time, back at Twickenham on Saturday.
Australia made a flying start when lock Rob Simmons scored an intercept try after just 70 seconds before winger Ashley-Cooper dived over in the right corner in the 10th minute and they never relinquished the lead.
Ashley-Cooper scored his second try just before the break as Australia went to the interval leading 19-9 and completed his hat-trick nine minutes from the end of a free-flowing match that was in stark contrast to Saturday’s tense encounter between the All Blacks and South Africa, won 20-18 by New Zealand.
The Pumas, who will face the Springboks in the third-place medal playoff on Friday, got all their points through penalties kicked by flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez, who overtook Scotland’s Greig Laidlaw as the tournament’s leading points-scorer.