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Rugby World Cup: Australia v Portugal preview

The damage is already done as Australia prepare for what looks set to be their final game of the 2023 World Cup against Portugal.

Starting the tournament with a 35-15 win over Georgia, the Wallabies went on to lose 22-15 to Fiji, before suffering a 40-6 defeat to Wales.

Australia need Fiji to slip up against Georgia or Portugal to stand even a chance of securing a quarter-final place.

The signs are not looking good for head coach Eddie Jones.

WhatAustralia v Portugal
WhereStade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint Etienne
When01:45 (AEST), Monday 2nd October 2023
How to watchStan Sport
OddsAustralia 1.02, Portugal 13.00

Wallabies facing early flight home

The inquest into what has gone wrong at this Rugby World Cup is already well underway, with pundits and former players all having their say.

Ultimately when the draw was made for the World Cup three years ago, Australia would have been firm fancies to come top, while Wales and Fiji would have been expected to battle for second.

However, in the build-up to the major tournament in France, it was becoming clear that Australia’s route to the knockout stages would not be that simple.

Fiji always looked like a banana skin but many were expecting Australia to bounce back against a Wales side that have had more then their fair share of problems over the last 12 months.

Wales produced a strong performance under pressure and this youthful Wallabies side folded on the big occasion. 

Now Australia find themselves in a lose-lose situation on Monday against Portugal. Jones’ side could win by 100 points and there might be nothing more than a shrug from the rugby public.

The Wallabies are expected to win this one and win it well. Looking at the Line market, Australia look more than capable of falling on the right side of the -23 handicap at 1.90

A great occasion for Portuguese rugby

After pushing Wales in their opening game of the World Cup to lose 28-8, Portugal backed up that performance with an impressive 18-18 draw with Georgia.

The Georgians have been the side banging on the door to try and enter the Six Nations in recent years and have beaten the likes of Italy and Wales.

However, that draw for Portugal against Georgia opens up the conversation on their progress and what an expanded Six Nations might look like in decades to come.

Portugal will once again look to be competitive against Australia and try to make life difficult for a side that will be low on confidence after that heavy defeat to the Welsh.

Unsurprisingly, Portugal are big underdogs going into this one at 13.00 to pull off what would arguably be the biggest shock in World Cup history.  

Even with Australia’s troubles in France over the past few weeks, expect the Wallabies to finish with a comfortable win.

Then the inquisition will really get started.

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