DAVID Pocock has put on a stellar performance, scoring two tries in the Wallabies 28-13 win over Fiji in their World Cup opener.
It was a less than polished display from Australia, with the side failing to secure the valuable bonus point – leaving them third in the ‘Pool of Death’, behind England and Wales who both secured the four-try bonus point in their first-up wins.
Coach Michael Cheika insisted he wasn’t concerned about failing to secure the bonus point.
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“It’s not Super Rugby – this is a World Cup,” he said.
However, Cheika would’ve been thrilled to see the continued success of his strategy to start both of his brilliant openside flankers, with Pocock flourishing in his role as the team’s No.8 to be crowned man of the match.
“It’s a huge honour. You grow up as a kid watching the World Cup and to be here, I’m really proud to be a part of this Wallabies team,” Pocock said.
The Brumbies star was a ball-hunting menace all game, scoring in the 27th and 31st minutes.
Cheika’s decision to play him alongside vice-captain Michael Hooper also appeared to be successful with the pair making 38 tackles and forcing three turnovers in the ruck.
Injury wise, there is concern for bench prop James Slipper, who was forced off with concussion following a heavy head clash just minutes after taking the field.
Slipper has been penciled in for the starting lineup against Uruguay in Birmingham on Sunday, with Cheika set to field an entirely new starting XV.
Cheika suggested Toby Smith would take Slipper’s place should he fail to recover in time.