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Australia On The Up, England Woes Continue!

Posted in Internationals by therugbynut on June 17, 2006

England put in their place again, Australia doing the basics well.

A lot of possession for England, but points get prizes, or in this case the Cook Cup. The Wallabies were so clinical, 6 tries again. England were poor, the stand out players for England were Pete Richards and Ben Kay. The forwards played well, received a lot of ball, but weren't helped by losing Rowntree and White.

England's lack of direction in the backs meant they couldn’t convert the possession. The missed tackle count was high, need I go on, it was a disaster. This was a good Pom bashing again!All credit to the Aussies, they are really growing in stature, Tuqiri, Mortlock and Larkham were outstanding, Gerrard has a good game. When Gregan got on, he was desperate to score on his growing world record. The Aussie defence was outstanding and they were playing with a turnover ball, very much playing on the breakaway, if they could create more opportunities, they would be awesome. They need to improve in the lineout, which is one of the few areas that England were very good today. But overall, a great team performance with some fine individual performances.

As I said before, England need continuity, that is the only way they can learn to play together and develop a style and the confidence to build a World Cup winning team.

The Wallabies by comparison are building up very nicely for next year's World Cup. The guy I feel sorry for is Eddie Jones, who built this team, and should be basking in the glory. He isn't and John Connelly is.

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