The Wallabies’ World Cup hopes could rest on the medical reports of injured trio David Pocock, Israel Folau and Scott Sio – all of whom are in doubt for next week’s semi-final against Argentina.
While they escaped with an extraordinary one-point win over world number nine Scotland at Twickenham on Monday morning (AEDT), it was clear just how much the Wallabies missed influential pair Pocock and Folau.
Pocock, who missed the 35-34 quarter-final victory with a calf injury, has blossomed in his newly-adopted role of number eight and remains world class at the breakdown, leading the tournament in turnovers in that area with 10.
Noting his absence, Scotland deployed two traditional number sevens and made it its mission to control the breakdown – and did so, winning five turnovers to Australia’s three in an area the Wallabies had dominated through the pool stages.
Pocock’s replacement, Ben McCalman, finished with five tackles and no turnovers, but proved his value with ball in hand and crossed the gainline six times in a gutsy 80-minute display.
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Wallabies escape Scottish shock at RWC

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However, whether Australia can win the World Cup – or even beat Argentina next Monday (AEDT) – is another matter entirely and coach Michael Cheika will be anxiously assessing Pocock’s improvements in overcoming the calf complaint suffered last weekend.
“The less injuries you have the better, no doubt,” captain Stephen Moore said.
“We’ve already faced some injuries this tournament.
“A guy like David, he’s a very special player.
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“He brings so much to the game that you’re certainly going to miss that (when he’s not playing). But the guys that played tonight did a fantastic job.”