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Australia take shock Ireland defeat on the chin

posted 18 Sep 2011, 02:21 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 18 Sep 2011, 02:23 ]

The Wallabies lick their wounds after a shock 15-6 defeat by Ireland at the Rugby World Cup and their captain James Horwill says their attention now switches to their next match against the United States.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND (SEPTEMBER 18, 2011) REUTERS - Australia need to learn from their 15-6 defeat to Ireland in their Rugby World Cup Pool C match in Auckland on Saturday (September 17).

A 15-6 triumph at Eden Park means the Irish are now the favourites to win the Pool and confine the Tri Nations champions to a likely quarter final against South Africa.

Australia now head to Wellington for their third pool match against the United States on Friday (September 23).

Captain James Horwill said the quick turnaround was a good thing as the Wallabies try to erase the memories of defeat.

"It's pretty simple, we've got a game on Friday that we're going out to win and I guess the beauty is, while we're very disappointed with the way that we played and the outcome last night, we've got six days and we get to play again. You know, I guess we get to right some wrongs of the way we went about things on Saturday night," he said.

"So the focus now is on the USA, we travel to Wellington and you know we get on with the job because it's not over yet," Horwill added.

Horwill added Australia had found itself in this position before and responded well under pressure so he expected the same again.

"We just need to stay tight and focus on improving. You know you need to learn from experiences like this. We've been in situations before where we haven't put a good account of ourselves across and we've learnt from it. So we can do it, we need to do it," he said.