Wallabies progress after Russia win
Australia secured their passage to the quarter-finals of the World Cup but a stuttering 68-22 victory over a spirited Russia saw their opponents go close to a bonus point fourth try.
Russia got three tries - through Vladimir Ostroushko, Denis Simplikevich and Konstantin Rachkov - but Australia touched down 10 times, although the scoring somewhat dried up in a difficult second half in Nelson as rainfall became steadily heavier.
Berrick Barnes, Drew Mitchell and David Pocock claimed a brace apiece for Australia with Ben McCalman, Stephen Moore, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Salesi Ma'afu scoring further tries and James O'Connor kicking nine conversions as they progressed.
Things looked ominous for Russia from the kick-off as they were penalised for offside and they were punished with five minutes gone as Australia opened the scoring. Barnes stepped inside from the left wing to touch down but O'Connor missed the conversion before Mitchell added the second as he touched down in the corner.
Quade Cooper selflessly passed in side to McCalman to score under the posts and Pocock secured the bonus point try midway through the first half as he pushed two tacklers out of the way following an Australia line-out. Australia's fourth try also secured their quarter-final place and O'Connor made it 26-0 with the kick.
Pocock forced his way over for his second try after Ashley-Cooper had been held short of the line, but Russia got their first try after Luke Burgess lost the ball forward as he tried to run out of defence. Winger Ostroushko picked up the loose ball and made for the wing before stepping inside for a clear run to the line to make it 33-5 six minutes before half-time.
Pocock burst through and looked set for his hat-trick but offloaded to Moore who scored the sixth try and O'Connor converted and Ashley-Cooper touched down just before half-time when he gathered Cooper's kick through.
Ma'afu stretched over for Australia's eighth try after referee Bryce Lawrence had twice played an advantage but Rachkov's drop goal brought the score back to 54-8 before Mitchell slid in on a pitch made slick by rain shortly after to cross the line once more. O'Connor's kick from out wide found the mark as the rain became heavier.
Mitchell looked set for another try but he pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury just short of the line and Russia grabbed their second try when Simplikevich intercepted a loose pass from Cooper and raced to the line. Rachkov converted from in front of the posts.
Russia got a deserved third try as Rachkov got his first of the tournament when he darted through a gap after good work at the lineout and he made it two from two conversions. Barnes got his second try as he charged down a kick and raced to the line before O'Connor made the final score 68-22 with another successful kick, his ninth from 10.