It was disaster for England as they became the first host nation to crash out of the Rugby World Cup at the pool stages as Australia came away with a fully deserving 33-13 victory to book their place in the quarter-finals.
Bernard Foley put in a display for the ages as he scored 28 points for the Wallabies including two first-half tries as Australia simply outclassed the hosts to join Wales in qualifying from pool A.
England trailed 20-3 early in the second half and an Anthony Watson try kept England’s hopes alive but a late try from Matt Giteau ended any chances of an unlikely comeback as Australia ran out 20-point winners.
Fiji ended their World Cup campaign in style as they recorded their first win of the campaign with a comfortable 47-15 victory over Uruguay in the other pool A game
Despite Uruguay scoring their first World Cup tires in 12 years, Fiji proved too strong for the South American’s as tries from Nemia Kenatale, Leone Nakarawa, Tevita Cavubati, Kini Murimurivalu and Nemani Nadolo helped them secure a 17-point win.
Fiji ended their World Cup campaign with a comfortable victory as they scored seven tries in a 47-15 win over Uruguay, while Romania scored 17 points in the final half-four to pull off one of the biggest comeback’s with a 17-15 win over Canada.
Ireland join Australia in the last eight as Joe Schmidt’s scrapped to a 16-9 victory over Italy in pool D in a far from convincing display from the Irish who edged out the spirited Italians.
Keith Earls scored the only try of the game as he became Ireland’s all-time top World Cup tryscorer on 19 minutes as three penalties from Jonathan Sexton also helped Ireland over the line and did what was needed to book their quarter-final berth.
The other pool D game saw one of the greatest comebacks in World Cup history as Romania fought back from 15-0 down with 28 minutes left to bag a 17-15 win over Canada.
Tries from Daniel Merwe der Van and Jeff Hasler looked set to help Canada to victory but Mihai Macovei crossed the line twice as lorin Vlaicu added seven points of his own to complete an incredible Romanian comeback.
A potential clash with Argentina could await the Irish in the last eight as the Pumas all but secured their place in the next round as Tonga proved no match for the Pumas who ran out comfortable 45-16 bonus point winners.
Kurt Morath’s early try got Tonga off to a dream start but Argentina responded in style with tries from Joaquin Tuculet, Juan Jose Imhoff, Nicolas Sanchez, Julian Montoya and Santiago Cordero secured victory for Argentina, who should finish the job against Namibia next weekend.
The other game in pool C saw Georgia edge out Namibia 17-16 but it was a poor display from both sides as Theuns Kotze grabbed all of Georgia’s scores, including a 74th minute try.
In pool B, South Africa moved into top spot as the Springboks secured a 34-16 win over the Scotland to put the former two-time World Champions in a strong position to reach the last eight.
Schlak Burger and JP Pietersen’s first half tries did the damage and although Scotland were rewarded with a Tommy Seymour try on 49 minutes, they failed to match South Africa who scored a third try late on through Bryan Habana to leap above the Scots into top spot.
South Africa followed up that win with a demolition of USA as winger Bryan Habana equalled Jonah Lomu’s record of 15 Rugby World Cup tries as the Springboks booked their spot in the quarter-finals.
Damian de Allende, Bismarck Du Plessis, Francois Louw (2), Jesse Kriel Lwazi Mvovo all crossed the line as USA failed to pick up a single score as South Africa ran out 64-0 winners, the biggest margin of the World Cup so far.
Japan kept their quarter-final hopes alive as they bounced back from defeat to Scotland as they pulled off another shock win this time a resounding 26-5 win over Samoa.
Akihito Amada scored the only try for Japan albeit a penalty try as four penalties from Ayumu Goromaru was crucial in helping the Asians over the line as Paul Perez late try was the only score for a disappointing Samoa.
Round Four results
England 13-33 Australia
Fiji 47-15 Uruguay
Samoa 5-26 Japan
South Africa 34-16 Scotland
South Africa 64-0 USA
Argentina 45-16 Tonga
Namibia 16-17 Georgia
Ireland 16-9 Italy
Canada 15-17 Romania