England end Wallabies’ winning run

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    England have recorded their biggest ever victory over the Wallabies at Twickenham, walloping Michael Cheika’s men 30-6 in wet and windy conditions at Twickenham Stadium.

    In the drizzle and the cold, the first exchanges of the game were anything but sluggish – both sides more than willing to play expansive, attacking rugby.

    It was the home side who registered first points in the seventh minute, after a half break from Chris Robshaw led to Owen Farrell knocking a penalty over from 40m out after some sloppy breakdown work from the Wallabies.

    The next 10 minutes was all the tourists, however, as they settled into things nicely. Samu Kerevi, Kurtley Beale and Marika Koroibete all created half breaks, but two forward passes in Englands’ territory killed any semblance of momentum that Cheika’s men were building.

    Indeed, Eddie Jones’ men looked tenacious in defence, and were scrambling extremely well in an intriguing first 15 minutes of counter punching as both sides felt each other out.

    As the game rolled into the 25th minute, it looked as though captain Michael Hooper scored off a delightful grubber from Samu Kerevi, however he was ruled to have been offside by the TMO and England survived again.

    As the cameras showed both coaches in their respective bunkers, it was clear how important this game meant to both.

    England fans had reason to smile in a monumental momentum swing 10 minutes later when some sustained pressure from their side saw Michael Hooper sin-binned in and amongst some frantic scrambling defence.

    Farrell kicked another simple penalty to push the margin to six with six minutes to play in the first stanza.

    Things went from bad to worse for Australia on the stroke of halftime, when Kurtley Beale joined Hooper in the sin bin for a deliberate knock down when England looked very dangerous on attack. Australia were down to 13 men, and the Twickenham crowd was absolutely rocking.

    At oranges, the scoreboard read 6-0 to England, a result that the Wallabies would’ve been pleased with considering their two yellow cards, and England’s territorial superiority.

    After the break, neither side came out slowly, as the intensity in defence picked straight back up after the break, Australia turning to Hooper and McMahon to lead their defence in another typically workmanlike performance from both. However, their problems at lineout time without Adam Coleman were glaringly obvious.

    Australia got on the board in the 50th minute through Reece Hodge, his 50m penalty goal on the angle clearing the crossbar by some distance.

    When Beale checked back in, Australia were back to their full compliment, and you got the sense that Australia had removed any momentum that Jones’ men had built with the numerical advantage.

    Twickenham was rocking again five minutes later, after one of the exchanges of the year resulted in a try to Elliot Daly.

    It started with Australia peppering the England line, before a Rob Simmons knock on allowed England to clear, and clear well through George Ford. The chase was superb, and Kerevi looked smothered, but somehow slipped past two defenders to run 50m untouched, his pass inside to Kuridrani with the line beckoning found grass, however. England then countered, George Ford’s kick dribbling wide, where Beale opted to let it run. A cruel bounce left him with egg on his face, however, when Daly chased through and toed 40m to score himself.

    Farrell’s conversion was spot on, and all of a sudden, England led by 10.

    Australia were the next to score when Foley nailed his first penalty of the night, after Mario Itoje was ruled offside at ruck time. With 15 to play, the home side led by just a converted try.

    It appeared that Australia’s momentum surge had continued in the 70th minute, when a set piece on halfway saw Foley turn a ball back inside to Koroibete who stormed 30m, before crashing over two phases later. Upon review by the TMO, however, Stephen Moore was ruled to have obstructed a tackler in another controversial moment, and England survived again.

    In a cruel twist, England rolled up the field 5 minutes later, and a clever box kick from replacement scrum half Danny Care resulted in Jonathan Joseph running through and sliding three metres to put his side two converted tries ahead, and seemingly killing off any chance Australia had to steal a win.

    The last three minutes was a disaster for Cheika’s men, as England scored twice in two minutes to blow them completely away.

    First, Care grubbered through for Johnny May who slipped past two to score, then try assister became try scorer when the replacement halfback pounced on a Reece Hodge knock on to score untouched in the corner.

    In the end, it was England’s biggest ever win over Australia at Twickenham, however you’d be hard pressed to find a fan who felt the scoreline reflected the closeness of the contest.

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    • November 19th 2017 @ 7:51am
      Sgt Pepperoni said | November 19th 2017 @ 7:51am | ! Report

      Rain – unfavourable
      Ref – unfavourable

      Result – curse you soap dodgers

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      November 19th 2017 @ 7:56am
      Boosho said | November 19th 2017 @ 7:56am | ! Report

      Mind-numbingly dumb wet weather football.

      Link developed two game plans – one entertaining, one grafting, for this very reason. I can’t stomach the unintelligence of this team lead by captain sk8tr boi.

      • Roar Guru

        November 19th 2017 @ 11:21am
        stillmissit said | November 19th 2017 @ 11:21am | ! Report

        It was worse than that Boosho.Lets put to one side the lousy last 15 mins that made the score look like a thrashing. England played superbly to the conditions we just played our normal game with predictable results in those conditions.

        This should make Cheika understand that we have no general play kickers in the team, we also have a lake of urgency when the ball is on the ground.

        What I took out of this:

        Hodge MUST be our kicker from everywhere.
        How many forward passes do we need to throw until we learn to let the opportunity go and hold the ball?

        A few players must be dropped and not play in the world cup:
        Simmonds did nothing apart from run the ball in whilst upright, stayed out of most breakdowns (as per usual)and was generally useless on a day when we needed grafters.
        Phipps must be gone after throwing the worst pass on a day when there was plenty of bad passes.
        Kurindrani is too slow and past it.

        Hodge must go back into the centres , he is wasted on the wing and not fast enough.
        We need a genuine fullback ie DHP, particularly in wet weather

        We also need a smart captain and Hooper is not it.

        Well done England but I must say as an ex pommie. I hate the lot of you.

        • November 19th 2017 @ 11:37am
          JimmyB said | November 19th 2017 @ 11:37am | ! Report

          Dear oh dear, how very sad and pathetic.

          • November 19th 2017 @ 12:17pm
            Bring Back...? said | November 19th 2017 @ 12:17pm | ! Report

            Yeah, a little over the top!

            • November 19th 2017 @ 1:26pm
              Cliff (Bishkek) said | November 19th 2017 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

              JimmyB and Bring Back…? — I think you would find that “stillmissit” is using the Australian Sarcastic Humour with the last statement and it reads very bad on the basis of the way it is written. I do not think it was meant to be a hurtful statement knowing “stillmissit”.

              But as for his comments on the game – I think he is 100% correct.

              While the Wallabies have Cheika – we will never improve to where we are capable. His lack of nous, stubbornness and poor selections will override any gains made by the team.

    • November 19th 2017 @ 8:08am
      MH01 said | November 19th 2017 @ 8:08am | ! Report

      Well that was fun. Pub in Hammersmith London , surrounded by English fans, all we could agree in is why is hooper captain and how hannigan and Robertson are in the team…..

      They also asked why we picked two huge centres and failed to use them …… what was the game plan?

    • November 19th 2017 @ 8:09am
      Kirko said | November 19th 2017 @ 8:09am | ! Report

      Brakes card was harsh given he was trying to intercept, consistency should have seen Itoje get the same treatment for killing the ball from an offside position but yet to see a ref treat him like everyone else. Similarly Robshaw should have seen yellow for multiple infringements given Hooper received that treatment. Both denied tries and the Daley try could have gone either way (should have) and what a different game that could have been. Biggest game of the autumn calendar and they give the whistle to a kid who no doubt found the twickenham pissheads too intimidating to not be swayed.
      Thought Macalman brought some good power to the pack when he came on as that back row is too lightweight.

      • November 19th 2017 @ 9:33am
        Uk_OzPat said | November 19th 2017 @ 9:33am | ! Report

        Oh please….

        Seriously you need to stop whingeing!

      • November 19th 2017 @ 11:38am
        JimmyB said | November 19th 2017 @ 11:38am | ! Report

        Great sook, well done.

    • Roar Guru

      November 19th 2017 @ 8:11am
      Poth Ale said | November 19th 2017 @ 8:11am | ! Report

      “England have recorded their biggest ever victory over the Wallabies at Twickenham, walloping Michael Cheika’s men 30-6 in wet and windy conditions at Twickenham Stadium.

      In the drizzle and the cold, the first exchanges of the game were anything but sluggish – both sides more than willing to play expansive, attacking rugby.”

      I always think of the reverse scenario who reading these reports:

      Australia have recorded their biggest ever victory over the Red Rose in Sydney, walloping Eddie Jones’s men 30-6 in dry and calm conditions.

      In the sunshine and the sapping heat, the first exchanges of the game were anything but sluggish – both sides more than willing to play expansive, attacking rugby.

    • November 19th 2017 @ 8:17am
      Jock Beveridge said | November 19th 2017 @ 8:17am | ! Report

      We can point to some contentious decisions from the ref that could have gone either way. But the reality is the Wallabies made too many mistakes at crucial times which killed momentum and left them scrambling. I don’t have the stats at hand, but dropped balls, poor passes, aimless kicks and turnovers seemed to regularly counter the positive sequences of play. Beale’s misjudgment in decelerating when he thought the ball going into touch was a schoolboy error. That kick should never gave resulted in a try and it was a game changing moment. Unfortunately his confidence seemed shattered from that point, compounding the impact of his error. A big positive for me was seeing our scrum holding its own and even gaining the ascendancy over England, with the starting front row at least. We sorely missed Coleman as a ball runner and lineout option. Was it just me or did Reece Hodge seem off the pace?

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