Sanchez: ‘Our dream died’

Argentina fly-half Nicolas Sanchez admitted that his dream died when Australia defeated them in the World Cup semi-final on Sunday. 

Los Pumas came into the last four clash off the back of dominating performance against Six Nations champions Ireland, but were outplayed by Australia at Twickenham, conceeding four tries to none.

"Today our dream died," said the Argentine playmaker. 

"We came here to play the final, but I think we gave it our all. Australia came out playing at a blistering speed and, honestly, the first try caught us off-guard. It made it all the harder for us after getting behind right from the start."

The Wallabies fast start saw them secure a ten point lead at the half-way point and Sanchez acknowledged that it was an uphill battled from there.

"It was hard, because even though we hadn’t scored a try against their three, we were ten points down," continued the 27-year-old.

"If we just could fix a few things, we knew they'd get nervous. After the restart we scored three points and Australia seemed less than sure of victory, but we didn't take our chances.

"We weren't sharp, we weren't tight in defence and they put a lot of pressure on us. They kicked long and pressed well. As the game went on, we managed to find some spaces and, despite some sloppiness, we were able to play our game, and that's why I leave satisfied."

Argentina now face the other losing semi-finalist, South Africa, in the 3rd/4th place playoff at the Olympic Stadium on Friday night.

Sanchez admitted  that it is difficult to get into the right mental space for the play-off match.

"The biggest challenge now is to finish on a high note and get the third place," he added. 

"We've got a mentally very tough game ahead. This week probably won’t be as pleasant as this past one, but we'll make a great effort to get the bronze medal."