Sunday, November 14, 2010

England 35 - Australia 18

Chris Ashton of England scores a try during the Investec international test match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 13, 2010 in London, England.
(November 12, 2010 - Photos by Scott Heavey/Getty Images Europe)
England dominate the Wallabies
England finally put in the performance Martin Johnson had been longing for on Saturday with a ruthless 35-18 win against Australia at Twickenham.

It was an 80-minute effort that saw Lewis Moody lift the Cook Cup and the champagne sprayed. The victory - inspired by two tries from wing Chris Ashton and 25 points via the assured boot of Toby Flood - has also sent out a warning shot to rivals ahead of next year's World Cup.
Moody had come out of the dressing rooms in a manner that summed up his 'Mad Dog' nickname - smiling yet scowling in a fired up fashion. And it seemed that the captain's late pep talk before kick-off rubbed off on his team-mates, who took the fight to the Wallabies in the early stages.

England unsurprisingly had set about looking to take the heart out of their opponents, attacking Australia down the middle of the field through Courtney Lawes and Nick Easter. However, the visitors weathered the early storm and were in fact the first to have an opportunity for posts. Wing James O'Connor missed from the touchline though in what was a bad day from the tee in which he was unsuccessful with his first three.
The hosts soon capitalised in what quickly became the enterprising brand that Martin Johnson has been desperate for for some time now. England were running the ball from all areas, had options and were backing themselves to claim successive wins against Oz

Man-of-the-match: A tough call between Ben Youngs and Chris Ashton. The former was so often the catalyst for England while Toby Flood and Courtney Lawes also put in good shifts, but Ashton's two tries see him take this one.
Moment-of-the-match: It has to be Chris Ashton's memorable try that left Wallaby winger Drew Mitchell tasting dirt. One of the great tries to ever be scored at Twickenham and it left Australia having it all to do.,25883,9989_6503769,00.html
Nick Easter of England is tackled by Benn Robinson and Stephen Moore
next test:
Nov 20
England v Samoa
Italy v Australia