Mumm: ‘Past form is irrelevant’

Date published: October 26 2015

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Dean Mumm indicated that Australia's poor record against New Zealand will count for nothing when they face them in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday.

The Wallabies earned their place in the final following a 29-15 win over Argentina at Twickenham on Sunday night.

They now face a dominant All Black side, who has won nine of their last ten games against Australia.

"It's a World Cup…history, past forms are irrelevant going into this game," said the lock.

"We're going to focus entirely on what we're going to do. It's been a solid journey and one we’re not entirely finished with. Were very, very excited to be in the final."

Mumm was impressed with the way Australia attacked from set piece and open play, which lead to four tries for the 2015 Rugby Championship winners. Tomas Lavanini’s yellow card certainly helped the men from Down Under. 

"I think we attacked reasonably well," continued Mumm.

 "We took advantage of when they were a man down which is important, you have to take every opportunity you can. We're probably pretty good at the opportunities. 

"We make line breaks, maintain pressure and every time we went into their half we came away with points in some form. Just keeping that scoreboard ticking over, especially in big, sudden-death games as this keeps the pressure on the opposition."

Mumm also heaped praise on Argentina for their form shown at the World Cup, where they comprehensively defeated Six Nations champions Ireland in the quarter-finals to advance to their second World Cup semi-final.

"Their performance against Ireland the week before was probably one of the more comprehensive performances we've seen this tournament and consequently they came at us today," added the 31-year-old.

"I think we did right early to get the points on the board, but they're certainly a team that didn't give up for the whole game and they've got a lot of belief in what they do, and rightly so. They're a vastly improving side and they're now really one of the better teams in the world."

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