Monday, November 17, 2008
The Wallabies defeated England 28-14 at Twickenham on Saturday to take the Cook Cup and achieve their first win at the England fortress in four years.
Matt Giteau, who made his international debut at the same ground in 2002, was in sublime form as he kicked 20 points and pulled off a try-saving tackle. Adam Ashley-Cooper scored a try with Stirling Mortlock converting it as Australia marched to victory.
After the successful win over the Pacific Islanders last weekend, Englands new coach Martin Johnson has tasted defeat for the first time.
"We gave away too many penalties. It's as simple as that. They did not have to do a lot to score and they did not break us," said Johnson.
"The players are disappointed because that was a game they had a good chance to win.
"If you do not have the ball though you cannot impose your physicality on your opponents."
The departure of Danny Cipriani seven minutes before full time, with what looked like a recurrence of his ankle injury, only added to Englands woes.
This clip includes footage of the nice hit that Wallaby Wycliff Palu put in on home shortly before that.
For Australia, a fantastic win ahead of their meeting with France in Paris. The form of Matt Giteau will be of huge comfort to them, but the man himself is staying grounded.
"There's still a lot of things we can work on. The fact that we beat England by 14 points at Twickenham and we've still got improvements to make is a real positive for the boys," he said.
"Obviously England was a big win for us as far as the tour is concerned, but it means nothing if we go out and put in a bad performance against France."