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Can my dark horses cause another upset?

Andy Gomarsall.
Andy Gomarsall.

ANDY GOMARSALL: Can my dark horses cause another upset?

I arrived at Heathrow airport moments after the final whistle, and was surprised I didn’t see the referee Craig Joubert in Terminal 5, such was his hasty retreat from the field at the end of the game!

I was gutted for Scotland, who put in one of the performances of the tournament and came so close to securing the last place in the semi-finals.

It means we have a last four line-up with no team from the northern hemisphere, as Australia joined South Africa, New Zealand and Argentina as the teams set to do battle again this weekend.

I commentated on the other quarter-final which took place on Sunday, that being Ireland versus Argentina, and what a game it was.

Of course I was still gutted that England were no longer involved in the competition, but we were nevertheless treated to some quality attacking rugby over the weekend.

It was an incredible win for Argentina and there were great scenes on the final whistle as they lapped up the celebrations, and deservedly so in my opinion.

In last week’s column I tipped them as my dark horses to win the tournament, and after their performance against Ireland I think there will be a fair few punters out there tipping them to go all the way.

I’ll be commentating on their semi-final on Sunday afternoon, which I’m really looking forward to.

The one thing which could go against Argentina is that they’ve never got beyond the semi-finals and into a World Cup final.

But after watching them and their next opponents Australia on Sunday, I think Argentina will fancy their chances of making the final at Twickenham next Saturday.

Who they play in that final is the other question and you can’t look past New Zealand.

In what was a record-breaking weekend, the holders recorded the biggest-ever winning margin in a quarter-final, as they beat France 62-13 on Saturday night.

Before the game there was plenty of reminders about how France shocked New Zealand in the 2007 World Cup, but there was no chance of a repeat result this time round.

Julian Savea scored three of the nine tries which New Zealand ran-in and is one of many players South Africa will have to keep at bay when they meet in the other semi-final.

Over two million spectators have enjoyed this year’s World Cup so far, and there is still so much more to come.

Although England are out I think you’ll agree the next two weekends will be essential viewing to see who gets their hands on the Webb Ellis Cup.

I’m sticking with my darkhorses Argentina to pull off another surprise and reach next week’s final, where they’ll play New Zealand!

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