Michael Cheika is backing his troops for the World Cup final
Michael Cheika is backing his troops for the World Cup final AFP PHOTO/ William West

Adrenaline rush will get players through World Cup final

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says his side will get through the final against the All Blacks on adrenaline after beating Argentina 29-15 in a physical semi-final.

Cheika's men also had tough Pool games against Fiji, Wales and England, not to mention the quarter-final thriller against Scotland, while the All Blacks had a difficult test in the opening game against Argentina before breezing past

Tonga, Namibia, and Georgia and blowing France away in their quarter-final.

The All Blacks' toughest test has been the 20-18 semi-final victory over South Africa, but the feeling in England is they have more in the tank than the Wallabies.

They controlled the first half of the match against Argentina thanks to winger Adam Ashley-Cooper's two tries, and one to Rob Simmons, but at 22-15 up in the second half they lost some composure as the Pumas poured on the pressure. Unfortunately for the South Americans they couldn't capitalise on their chances against a tight defensive unit.

Asked how much the Aussies had in reserve, Cheika said: "Probably about 80 minutes, I reckon. We might need a little more, I don't know. Obviously New Zealand have had a very different path to get here.

"They (the teams) they will be feeling differently in their preparations, but's it's a World Cup final and the adrenaline is going to be pumping.

"Anyone who is a little bit sore is going to forget all about soreness."

Midfielder Matt Giteau left the field with what was described as a groin niggle, and fullback Israel Folau limped off with what looked like a recurrence of his ankle problem.

Cheika played down Folau's issue, saying the fullback was always going to come off on the hour mark, but Australia's key attacking weapon - who was subdued throughout - received medical attention before his departure and didn't look entirely happy.

Like his Springboks counterpart Heyneke Meyer before the semifinal against the All Blacks, Cheika was happy to praise the All Blacks, although not quite to the same extent.

"They're obviously the world's No.1 and they're there for a reason," he said.

"We've only beaten them once out of the last 10 - something like that. I think they'll be feeling pretty good and that they've got our measure. It's up to us to do something special, do something extra, to just be competitive, and we'll see what happens from there."

Meanwhile inspirational All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw has been cleared to play in the final after appearing to strike South Africa's Francois Louw with his elbow in the semi-final.
A review of the incident showed McCaw caught Louw on the shoulder with his hip, a World Rugby spokesman confirming no one had been cited from the game.

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