RWC Quarter-Finals: Argentina dump out Ireland, New Zealand ease into semis

Ireland are out of the Rugby World Cup after the Boys in Green were outclassed by Argentina who took advantage of an injury-plagued Ireland and book their place in the semi-finals with a 43-20 win in Cardiff.

The Pumas raced into a 17-0 lead after just 12 minutes as tries from Matias Maroni and Juan Jose Imhoff stunned Ireland, but the Irish began to fight back and a Luke Fitzgerald try narrowed the gap to ten points at half-time.

Tow tries in the opening 12 minutes were crucial in Argentina's win over Ireland image: mirror.co.uk

Two tries in the opening 12 minutes were crucial in Argentina’s win over Ireland
image: mirror.co.uk

Jordi Murphy’s first international try brought Ireland to within three points but mistakes cost the Irish and Argentina would roar onto a score a third try through Joaquin Tuculet before Imhoff’s second of the game saw the Pumas complete a memorable 23-point victory over Ireland.

Argentina will play Australia in the semi-finals after the Wallabies overcame a spirited Scotland with a late penalty from Bernard Foley helping Australia grab a narrow 35-34 win in a pulsating quarter-final.

Adam Ashley-Cooper got Australia off to a flyer but a Peter Horne try put Scotland in front on 17 minutes. Despite further Aussie tries from Drew Mitchell and Michael Hooper, the Scots had a 16-15 lead at the break.

Mitchell touched down again two minutes into the second half but Scotland would not fold with Tommy Seymour and Mark Bennett touching down either side of fourth Aussie try.

However as it looked like Scotland were about to pull off a famous victory, Bernard Foley came good after a below-par first-half to score the winning penalty and beak Scottish hearts.

Reigning world champions New Zealand showed their intent on retaining their crown as the All-Blacks ran rampant on a poor French side and secure the biggest win in the World Cup quarter-finals history with a 62-13 victory.

Wing Julian Savea put in an incredible performance with a hat-trick of tries as further scores from Brodie Rettalick, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Jerome Kaino, Kieran Read and Tawera Kerr-Barlow (2) saw New Zealand ease into the final four.

Julian Savea's hat-trick helped New Zealand keep hopes of retaining their crown alive image: m.guelphtribune.ca

Julian Savea’s hat-trick helped New Zealand keep hopes of retaining their crown alive
image: m.guelphtribune.ca

It is a semi-final date with South Africa for the All-Blacks after a late try from captain Fourie du Preez helped the Spingboks secure a hard-fought 23-19 over Wales.

South Africa took a 9-3 lead before a Gareth Davies try sent Wales ahead for the first half and a Dan Biggar penalty on the stroke of half-time saw Wales take a one-point lead into the break.

Handre Pollard’s fifth and sixth penalties were cancelled out by Dan Biggar’s kicks as Wales edged 19-18 before South Africa captain Fourie du Perez touched down with five minutes left to help South Africa secure a semi-final berth.

Quarter-Final Results

South Africa 26-19 Wales
New Zealand 62-13 France
Ireland 20-43 Argentina
Australia 35-34 Scotland

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