Watch the second 2015 Rugby World Cup semi-final live online as the Argentina Pumas, barely over a year since winning their first-ever Rugby Championship match by beating Australia, attempt to duplicate that feat with another win over the favored Wallabies — and book a place in the World Cup Final for the first time in the country’s rugby history.
If Argentina can pull off what would be a stunning upset of world rugby power Australia, the Puma would break the stranglehold of final berths held by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, and England. In the seven tournaments played so far, beginning in 1987, no nation other than those five has ever qualified for the Rugby World Cup Final. And of the five teams, only France has yet to win the Cup.
In 2015, New Zealand has already reserved a place in the Final, as the defending champions All Blacks topped South Africa 20-18 on Saturday.
But do the upstart Pumas stand a chance against two-time World Cup winners Australia? According to retired Wales great Gareth Thomas, now a commentator for Eurosport, Argentina is more than capable not only of making history on Sunday, but of shocking the world of rugby by upending New Zealand on October 31.
“We all know that New Zealand can be touchy and are not the same team we are used to seeing when it comes to World Cup finals. I don’t think it so cut and dried that you can say it is already New Zealand’s trophy to lose… I think Argentina are the team who could surprise everybody at this tournament. They have been impressive and appear to be getting stronger and stronger.”
To find out how to watch the Australia vs. Argentina 2015 Rugby World Cup second seminfinal match live online, see the streaming info in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. local time at the 82,000-seat Twickenham Stadium in London, England.
Note that the United Kingdom ended Daylight Savings Time early Sunday morning. In the United States, then, the start time for Australia vs. Argentina will be noon Eastern Daylight Time, 9 a.m. Pacific.
Australia made it to this semifinal in controversial fashion when a referee awarded the Wallabies a last-minute penalty in their quarterfinal match against Scotland. Bernard Foley kicked for the three points to give Australia a 35-34 victory as time expired. World Rugby, the sport’s governing body, later conceded that referee Craig Joubert made an incorrect call — but the result of the game was already in the books.
But Australia may indeed have their hands full with Argentina — a South American soccer powerhouse where rugby is an up and coming sport. The Pumas have scored 222 points in this World Cup, more than any previous Argentinian team. They also lead the tournament with four tries from inside their own half of the field, while averaging 12.2 line breaks and 39 tackle busts per game, also tournament bests, according to statistics compiled by Fox Sports Australia.
To watch the Australia Wallabies vs. Argentina Pumas 2015 Rugby World Cup second semifinal match live online, use the Universal Sports live stream available at this link. Login credentials from a cable or satellite TV provider that carries the Universal Sports network will be required. As an alternative, rugby fans can use the Sling TV international sports package, which includes Universal Sports and offers a one-month free trial on its $10 USD per month subscription, accessible at this link. Finally, fans without either alternative can go to this link to purchase the Universal Sports coverage of the Australia vs. Argentina Rugby World Cup semifinal match for $27.95 live on a pay-per-view online basis.
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