Wallabies hope to maintain discipline against Pumas

Date published: October 21 2015

Australia hope for a clean contest when they face the Pumas in the semi-final at Twickenham on Sunday according to backs coach Stephen Larkham.

The Wallabies managed to edge Scotland 35-34 in a quarter-final that could have gone either way, but they have however cast aside their lucky escape and shifted focus to this weekend's clash against the passionate Pumas.

The Pumas have only beaten the Wallabies once in their past 11 encounters, but the stakes are higher and the men in blue have proved that they have the fire power to beat any team on any given day. 

Michael Cheika and his charges, however are wary of flare-ups especially after flanker Michael Hooper was suspended for striking Nicolas Sanchez in July during the Rugby Championship. 

Although the Wallabies thrashed the Pumas 34-9 in that game, the fans were more concerned by the decision made to suspend Hooper because they believed that Sanchez provoked the incident. 

Hooper was slapped with a one week ban after the judiciary limited his suspension seeing that he did not strike Sanchez and that is was just "push with an open hand".

Wallabies assistant coach Stephen Larkham says that when two passionate teams clash their are bound to be flare-ups.

"We go about our business; we didn't go into that game with a plan to get involved and all that sort of stuff," said Larkham

"But the guys are very proud, the Argentinians are very passionate about rugby and we're very passionate about the way we play as well.

"It's inevitable that two teams who are quite passionate will have some flare-ups in the game."

Scrum-half Will Genia however says that the Wallabies have moved on from their lucky escape against Scotland.

"It's irrelevant. We are still here," said Genia.

"We won the game; we're still here; we have another week to prepare.

"People can say what they want – we are just concentrating on Argentina.

"They can forget about it or talk about it all they want.

"We have forgotten about it. It doesn't matter – it is irrelevant."

"It's been dealt with by Cheika and we back Cheika's decision there," added Larkham.

"There's too much work to be done to worry about what happened on the weekend."