Wallabies beat England 20-14



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    Wallabies captain Nathan Sharpe is congratulated by coach Robbie Deans. AP Image/Dave Hunt

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    Wallabies coach Robbie Deans knocked back the opportunity to give his critics a spray after his side’s gallant 20-14 win over England at Twickenham.

    Deans was under enormous pressure entering the contest in front 81,361 fans on Saturday after France thumped Australia 33-6 the previous weekend in Paris.

    It prompted several critics to fire off at Deans, including Wallabies’ legend David Campese who said Deans should be sacked for destroying Australian rugby.

    Deans was cheekily asked at the post-match press conference if Campese had been in touch.

    The coach stayed silent before he was then asked about the significance of the victory given the pressure he and his men were under after the France game.

    But Deans turned the focus off himself and onto the players.

    “Any result at Twickenham is significant, it doesn’t come easily here,” Deans said.

    “We’re very pleased for the lads and the way they played.

    “They played, not me, as I’ve said before.

    “It was obviously a much better effort than last week and it had to be. A big part of the adjustment was probably mental to be fair.”

    “Paris is a bit alluring like that and in Test footy you’ve got to turn up or you get put away.”

    Australia repelled raid after raid in a tryless second half with all their points in the second term coming from the boot of fullback Berrick Barnes, who kicked three penalty goals.

    Barnes kicked four penalties for the night and a first-half field goal for a personal tally of 15 points.

    Of great relief to the Wallabies was the fact they broke a two-Test scoring drought when Nick Cummins crashed over in the 35th minute.

    The big Western Force winger finished off a near 55-metre effort after halfback Nick Phipps ghosted through some feeble England left edge defence.

    Australia only led for a few minutes before giant Samoan-born centre Manusamoa Tuilagi scored out wide to make it 14-11 at the halftime break.

    The Wallabies’ much-maligned scrum enjoyed a points victory over England with prop Ben Alexander outstanding on his return from injury.

    Alexander hopelessly out-played England loose head Joe Marler who was warned by French referee Romain Poite a couple of times for poor binds.

    Man of the match, Australia’s No.7 Michael Hooper, who was a constant menace at the breakdown, said the Wallabies’ scrum was immense.

    “That was such a confidence booster for our tight five, our scrum was very good tonight,” he said.

    From the outset the Wallabies were brutal at the breakdown with hitmen Sitaleki Timani and Wycliff Palu throwing their weight around.

    Ben Tapuai was another standout, having a superb game in his first Test as a No.12 and his fifth cap for Australia overall.

    Hooper admits the Wallabies were in need of a lift.

    “It puts us back in a great frame of mind for the rest of the tour. To come out with a performance like that shows the character of this team,” he said.

    England coach Stuart Lancaster praised Australia’s performance but said it was a hard loss to cop after his side squandered countless opportunities in the second half.

    “For us, we are absolutely devastated we lost that game,” he said.

    “I thought Australia played quite a smart game and put us under some pressure with some chips over the top … They went hard at the breakdown to stop out quick ball.”

    Australia prevented England from making it three straight Cook Cup wins.

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    • November 18th 2012 @ 8:37am
      Albo said | November 18th 2012 @ 8:37am | ! Report

      Nick Cummins, you can marry my sister.

      • November 18th 2012 @ 9:02am
        Albo's Sister said | November 18th 2012 @ 9:02am | ! Report

        Why doesn’t anyone ever ask me?

    • November 18th 2012 @ 9:03am
      Billy Bob said | November 18th 2012 @ 9:03am | ! Report

      Cummins had the game many knew that he had in him.

    • November 18th 2012 @ 10:05am
      Harry said | November 18th 2012 @ 10:05am | ! Report

      No mention from the pommy coach how it was an absolute travesty that they were ahead at half time.

      • November 18th 2012 @ 2:12pm
        Geoff Brisbane said | November 18th 2012 @ 2:12pm | ! Report

        Harry the travesty was a 2 way thing with of course Phipps pass and the Pom try all works out in the end.

        • November 19th 2012 @ 2:20pm
          Coxinator said | November 19th 2012 @ 2:20pm | ! Report

          I’m tired of hearing how Phipps’ pass was forward. It was passed backwards for all to see and that’s why it was not called.

          Whereas Tuilagi’s try is a double-movement and thus a penalty.

          • November 20th 2012 @ 10:34pm
            Colin N said | November 20th 2012 @ 10:34pm | ! Report

            Tuilagi’s wasn’t a double movement as he’s allowed to place the ball.

    • November 18th 2012 @ 10:36am
      Jason Cave said | November 18th 2012 @ 10:36am | ! Report

      Could someone tell me why England played in the maroon colours and not the traditional white strip we have come to associate with them?

      • November 18th 2012 @ 11:20am
        Viscount Crouchback said | November 18th 2012 @ 11:20am | ! Report


        • November 18th 2012 @ 1:00pm
          Cattledog said | November 18th 2012 @ 1:00pm | ! Report

          Just because they wonga wear the strip, it still doesn’t answer the question…;)

      • November 18th 2012 @ 2:00pm
        Nigel Imrie said | November 18th 2012 @ 2:00pm | ! Report

        The colour is apparently, royal purple, implying rugby royalty, this was a big match in the scheme of things, with the British Lions touring Australia they were out to make a statement, after our below par performance against the French. T hey have worn these colours before and failed to post a win…..It was a must win for the Wallabies…mission accomplished!

        • November 18th 2012 @ 2:14pm
          nickoldschool said | November 18th 2012 @ 2:14pm | ! Report

          That’s why they are called POMs!!!

          • November 18th 2012 @ 3:30pm
            Ra said | November 18th 2012 @ 3:30pm | ! Report


            • November 18th 2012 @ 3:48pm
              nickoldschool said | November 18th 2012 @ 3:48pm | ! Report

              Was just banter mate. I just found that funny that English subjects wore royal purple in a 2012 rugby match. Full respect to the Queen and the family but coming from a country which beheaded it’s king 220 years ago, these things always make me smile.

              . I actually didn’t dislike their jersey although I much prefer the white one.

              • November 18th 2012 @ 5:42pm
                Ra said | November 18th 2012 @ 5:42pm | ! Report

                I was shocked when I turned the tv on and saw them in maroon or was it purple. I was stunned when they turned out in black at the RWC. I thought the black was in respect to kiwis as tournament event holders. I thought they played pretty good rugby, despite the co our change, it just wasnt good enough on the day

    • November 18th 2012 @ 10:43am
      Bazza Allblack Supporter said | November 18th 2012 @ 10:43am | ! Report

      Interesting to see how England played – much more ball in hand.

      A good game to watch, then Italy played the same – looks like NH are starting to get the hang of the running game…

      • November 18th 2012 @ 10:57am
        Billy Bob said | November 18th 2012 @ 10:57am | ! Report

        Yes. they have obviously been over influenced by the NRL and Aussie code wars, and are trying to provide a spectacle.
        Or maybe they just want to win?

        • November 18th 2012 @ 11:00am
          Bazza Allblack Supporter said | November 18th 2012 @ 11:00am | ! Report

          Exactly, if the Darkness (and WBs) don’t have the ball they cannot win…

          Good to see a capable Oz backline in play again..be interesting to play the English and see how good they actually are.

          • November 18th 2012 @ 11:01pm
            atlas said | November 18th 2012 @ 11:01pm | ! Report

            I still don’t like this Darkness name.

            Would that make England ‘The Purpleness’?

            (not to confuse with ‘Purposeless’)

            • November 18th 2012 @ 11:20pm
              PeterK said | November 18th 2012 @ 11:20pm | ! Report

              actually if they played in their white strip that would make them the Lightness.

              Wallabies in gold would make them the Daylight.

      • November 18th 2012 @ 11:21am
        Viscount Crouchback said | November 18th 2012 @ 11:21am | ! Report

        England have the intent to move the ball but the execution (and ability?) is lacking.

        • November 18th 2012 @ 6:15pm
          Hansie said | November 18th 2012 @ 6:15pm | ! Report

          Composure was the thing missing from the England game. Too many mistakes and unnecessary penalties given away.

    • November 18th 2012 @ 12:21pm
      redsnut said | November 18th 2012 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

      I thought the England colours were really nice. No-one else has them, as far as I know.

      Good to see Taps in his rightful position, and playing a good one. What about that off-load early in the first half. Magic

      • November 19th 2012 @ 12:05am
        IronAwe said | November 19th 2012 @ 12:05am | ! Report

        Agreed! Hopefully there to stay!