Thursday, November 11, 2010
On Tuesday night Australias second-stringers played Leicester Tigers at Welford Road as the English side hoped to grab another big scalp to add to their already impressive list. Australia came from behind though, taking 26-15 victory.
Speedster Lachie Turner scored early in the game before Leicesters Billy Tweletrees kicked them back into the game with five successful penalties. The tourists stuck at it though and thanks to the boot of Berrick Barners, and a late try from Scott Higginbotham , they managed to avoid a repeat of what the Tigers did to South Africa last year.
"We are delighted with the win," said coach Robbie Deans. "This is the nearest our young side can get to a Test match. You can't replicate this on the training ground. Seven of our guys put on the jersey for the first time," he added.
Richard Cockerill was naturally disappointed that his Leicester side couldnt hang onto the lead they earned early in the second half.
"It was a fierce contest, we gave them an early lead but we got right back in it. The momentum was with us, we were 15-13 up and we should have closed the game out and in the end the scoreline was too heavily in their favour," the former England hooker said.
Loose forward Higginbotham scored a controversial late try that made the scoreline look more comfortable than it probably was for the Aussies. The Wallabies will face England at Twickenham this weekend though with added confidence within the squad.
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