No home comforts for England

  • Last Updated: November 17 2012, 18:29 GMT

England crashed to a 20-14 defeat against Australia - a loss they may still be regretting in three years' time.

Manu Tuilagi celebrates his England try
Manu Tuilagi celebrates his England try

The Wallabies bounced back from a 33-6 thumping in France last week to dominate England, whose chances of being a top seed at their home Rugby World Cup in 2015 now look remote.

England have worn purple shirts twice - against Argentina and Australia - and both times they have lost.

England clawed a half-time lead with a contentious try from Manu Tuilagi after Nick Cummins had scored his first international try for the Wallabies.

But Australia turned the screw after the interval with Berrick Barnes kicking a total of 15 points and it was not until England emptied their bench that they posed any consistent threat.

England will rue their bold decisions to kick second-half penalties to touch instead of taking points because the Wallabies defence held firm.

And the more panicky England became, the more mistakes they made and Australia saw out the victory to reclaim the Cook Cup.

England captain Chris Robshaw reluctantly admitted that Australia were "potentially" the better side.

"We were not clinical enough," Robshaw told Sky Sports 1.

"All credit goes to them. They came here and did a job. We need to go away and look at where we lost points."

England choose to run the ball rather than go for three points in the second half, for which they failed to add to their points tally.

"You need to make sure if you do go, you come away with the points," Robshaw admitted.

And asked if the best team won, he said: "Potentially."

Australia captain Nathan Sharpe said: "We spoke about character and resolve this week and I thought the effort was outstanding."

Australia's scrum had been put under the microscope in the lead-up to the match and Sharpe added: "Our scrum was outstanding."

England coach Stuart Lancaster said his side did not underestimate the Australian scrum.

"Disappointed with the scrum, particularly with the penalty count," he said.

"But overall we have to make sure we manage it on the day."

Lancaster said he was disappointed with the result.

"We put alot of pressure on them and we didn't come away with points when we needed to," he said.

"We have got to take those points when we are in the red zone."

Australia head coach Robbie Deans felt his side had regained their winning mentality following their 33-6 defeat against France last weekend.

He said: "It was much better than last week and obviously it had to be.

"A big part of the adjustment was mental. Paris is a bit alluring but in Tests you have to turn up or you get blown away.

"The lads defended very well because England threw a lot at them. The boys had a lot of faith in the defensive line and I think that showed. I think we went a bit defensive in the last 10 but that was indicative of the confidence they had and their ability to hold their line.

"Any result at Twickenham is significant, it doesn't come easily here. I'm pleased for the lads."


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