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Argentina and Australia seal southern hemisphere success at Rugby World Cup

Argentina barged past Ireland into the Rugby World Cup semi-finals after a one-sided encounter at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. Decimated by injuries

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Argentina and Australia seal southern hemisphere success at Rugby World Cup

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Argentina barged past Ireland into the Rugby World Cup semi-finals after a one-sided encounter at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Decimated by injuries and missing their core leadership, slight favourites Ireland looked down and out after just 14 minutes when they fell 17-0 behind.

They did, however, managed to fight back in the second half and give themselves a chance to win it.

But ultimately, they couldn’t maintain anywhere near enough pressure as the Pumas’ power and pace paid off dividends.

43-20 the final score.

Bravehearts battle but fall short

Scotland were less than a minute from causing a massive upset but went down 35-34 to Australia in a pulsating match at Twickenham.

The Scots were on the verge of victory when Mark Bennett’s converted interception try put them 34-32 up with seven minutes remaining.

But Bernard Foley’s last minute penalty sent the Wallabies through to complete a clean sweep for the southern hemisphere in the quarter final victories.

The Wallabies will now face Argentina while holders New Zealand play South Africa.