Ashley-Cooper: ‘We’re here, others are not’

Date published: October 19 2015

Adam Ashley-Cooper opted to look at the cold hard facts after Australia's quarter-final win over Scotland came in dramatic fashion.

The veteran scored the Wallabies' first of five tries at Twickenham and had another scrubbed off in the second half for an earlier knock-on.

“In the final analysis, the fact is we’re still in it and others are not,” Ashley-Cooper said.

“When football gets as close as this all you have to do is give yourself a chance to play next week. It doesn’t matter how, why or by how many, survival is the key and that’s what we’ve done.

“Obviously we’re please to win, pleased with the tries but there’s a lot of work to be done to be as competitive as we need to be. But in the final analysis, we’re still here and that’s all that matters.

“We’ve Argentina next, and although I’ve not seen a lot of them in this World Cup, we know each other well now from the Rugby Championship. I know people are saying they’ve played a pretty expansive game and we’ll not take the fixture lightly."

Despite getting the job done Ashley-Cooper had huge sympathy for Scotland after an impressive effort from Vern Cotter's men.

Ashley-Cooper added: “I have to say, I felt for the Scots. I went up to each and every player I could find, including the coaching staff and said: ‘It may not mean much, but real tough luck out there, it could have gone either way'.

"I know it’s easy to be magnanimous in victory, but there was maybe one per cent difference in that game and to see those guys out on their feet, I really did feel for Scotland as they gave as much as we did if not more.

“They were outstanding, but that’s the nature of test rugby and the nature of this World Cup.”