Australians facing "major tussle" in Cardiff
Australia arrived in Cardiff on Sunday, and immediately John Eales said his side were expecting a difficult time against the Welsh on Saturday.
The Australian captain, who was part of the squad which scraped thorough the 1991 quarter-final against Ireland, and lost at that stage against the English four years later, believes the game will be a "major tussle".
He has singled out Welsh second row Chris Wyatt as a key player in deciding the outcome of the game.
"Wyatt has impressed me a lot in the pool games," he said. "And playing in the magnificent Millennium Stadium means that the entire Welsh team will be fired up."
"This is probably the best Welsh team in 10 years if not more and we regard them as one of the top outfits in the tournament," added Eales.
Coach Rod Macqueen echoed the captain's views, "Samoa didn't do us any favours by beating Wales last week. Graham Henry has moulded a team with all the vital ingredients for success backed up by the huge goal-kicking threat of Neil Jenkins."
"Graham got the better of me two years ago in the Super 12 final," remembered Mcqueen "But I hope to even things up on Saturday."
The Australian coach was upbeat when quizzed about the injuries his squad are carrying "John Eales is recovering from his groin strain and will soon be 100% fit, however three injuries in the front row are not ideal, but we have several options to consider."