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Rugby World Cup 2023 | Match Centre | Australia 34:14 Portugal

Australia revived their slim chances of progressing to the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals by defeating Portugal 34-14 in their final pool match. The Wallabies secured a vital bonus-point win in St Etienne, moving into second place in Pool C. However, their fate hangs in the balance as Fiji, currently in third place, only needs one point in their upcoming match against Portugal to surpass Australia and secure a quarter-final spot.

Portugal had an early lead when Pedro Bettencourt scored a try, but their momentum was disrupted when Bettencourt received a yellow card for a high tackle. During his absence, Australia took control, scoring tries through Richie Arnold, Dave Porecki, and Angus Bell. Fraser McReight added another try after halftime, securing the crucial bonus point.

Although Portugal had moments of promise, with Nicolas Martins having a try disallowed, they couldn’t bridge the gap. Despite late yellow cards for Australian players Matt Faessler and Samu Kerevi, Australia regained control, and Marika Koroibete sealed the win with a late try.

Australia’s World Cup journey has been rocky, with a win over Georgia but losses to Fiji and Wales. Their fate now depends on Fiji’s performance against Portugal, as they aim to avoid their first-ever failure to advance beyond the group stage.

Match Summary

Pool C | Australia 34:14 Portugal

Australia Scores:

TRIES Hamish Watson (9′), Ali Price (17′), Darcy Graham (21′, 34′, 40′, 77′), Matt Fagerson (38′), Chris Harris (45′), Ollie Smith (53′), Ben Healy (58′), Johnny Matthews (71′), Rory Darge (73′)
CONV Ben Healy (10′, 18′, 22′, 35′, 39′, 40′, 47′, 55′, 59′, 71′, 78′), George Horne (73′)

Portugal Scores:

TRIES Pedro Bettencourt (12′), Rafael Simões (70′)
CONV Samuel Marques (13′, 71′)

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne


Nika Amashukeli

Man of the match:

Rob Valetini (Australia)


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