Rugby World Cup 2015: David Campese disbelief over Wales tactics

George North
George North could not escape Australia's defence
Rugby World Cup quarter-final: Wales v South Africa
Venue: Twickenham Date: Saturday, 17 October Kick-off: 16:00 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru and BBC Radio 5 live, plus live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Australia legend David Campese has expressed his disbelief Wales were unable to score a try when the Wallabies were down to 13 men their 15-6 World Cup win at Twickenham.

Scrum-half Will Genia and lock Dean Mumm were sin-binned amid second-half Welsh pressure in the Pool A decider.

Wales opted to bid for tries instead of kicking goals, but failed.

"I just can't believe that. I mean, I think for 15 or 20 minutes you [Wales] camped on our line," said Campese.

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"We were two men down and all you try to do is punch it up.

"I mean you had space galore - use the ball. Where's the Welsh flair that we've seen?

"I know we're going back in history, but that was your game."

Australia survived seven minutes with 13 players without conceding a point and Campese said failing to put George North into space underlined Wales' failings.

David Campese was inducted into rugby's hall off fame by Wales legend Gareth Edwards in 2001
David Campese was inducted into rugby's hall off fame by Wales legend Gareth Edwards in 2001

"The opportunities were there… it's about putting the ball into space and running.

"Now you had so much space there, but you just wanted to punch it up.

"George North - why put him at 13 if you're not going to give him the ball?"

Campese said coach Michael Cheika had "brought Australia together" since succeeding Ewen McKenzie by ensuring they enjoy "a bit of fun" away from the field of play.

Pool A final table

"And when you enjoy your rugby, you actually die for each other and you saw that defence, really, what they did is they didn't give up," former wing Campese told BBC Radio Wales.

However, he believes Wales can beat the Springboks in Saturday's quarter-final at Twickenham if they display patience in attack.

"You play a similar game [to South Africa], but you've got to really think about where you're going to put your players - you're losing players, unfortunately, left right and centre," said 101-times capped Campese.

"The game is about the ball. Don't give them the ball.

Wales at the World Cup
1987: Beaten semi-finalists, finished third
1991: Knocked out at pool stage
1995: Knocked out at pool stage
1999: Lost to Australia in quarter-finals
2003: Lost to England in quarter-finals
2007: Knocked out at pool stage
2011: Beaten semi-finalists, finished fourth

"It's simple, if you haven't got it, you can't score, but people forget about that in rugby.

"Every time you kick it away, you're actually relieving the pressure [on the opposition].

"So what you've got to do next week is actually be patient… it might take 40 phases.

"Who cares, score the try. Don't panic, you can't go anywhere and they can't do anything.

He added: "You've actually got to back yourself, have the confidence and when you get down there, you're in the red zone, just get some points."

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