Do you really believe that Samoa would have beaten Ireland and France ? They have improved, but not as much as you think. SA beat them in second gear, doing 'just enough' to cruise home without injuries and Ireland and France are probably as good.
Wales are not cheats buddy, They are a good team on the up, just like Samoa.
Ok then - in fear of you posting another 253 times on this and forgetting to feed your kids - Australia won, end of story.
Lets agree to disagree - however Bryce did, my point now is - that SA were a better team on the day than Aus - but made some crucial mistakes that cost them points. Aus won the game, but most would feel SA (having taken their chances) should have won. They were dominant and the Aussies really had to dig in on defense to win - it leaves me thinking that SA were stronger than Aus in this Cup, and Pocock made some incredible steals that, as we saw today, should have cost Aus points. im not saying SA didnt do anything illegal, but with the amount of territory they had, it would probably have cost them less points - and in a 2 point game, it only took 1 penalty to change it.
Pocock is a good player, very good - so give him that much and Australia are a quality team, but they did not put their best down at this tournament, and as such - a more fitting final would have been SA NZ.
i cant see France upsetting NZ now, unless they pull one of their rabbits in the hat moves - but its unlikely, only SA would have given NZ a run here - because they have the forward power to beat NZ upfront, and stop momentum for those dangerous runnners.
so you can have that one, Australia did beat SA - but it shouldnt have happened for the sake of the game.
or more telling, SA shouldnt have beaten Wales - then this argument becomes null. I think SA would have beaten IReland and France and have made the final on the other side.