Friday 21 July 2017

Flood puts boot into Aussies

England 35 Australia 18

Alex Lowe

England may have been dressed in grey but their performance was anything but as Martin Johnson's men stormed to a sensational victory over Australia.

Chris Ashton scored twice and Toby Flood produced a faultless kicking display as England sealed back-to-back victories over the Wallabies for the first time since the 2003 Rugby World Cup final.

Australia had no answer to England's dynamism as Martin Johnson's men roared into a 26-6 lead before Kurtley Beale struck back with two tries for the Wallabies.

But Flood rounded off the victory with two more penalties which carried him and England, who had not beaten a Tri Nations team at home in four years, into record territory. Flood's 25 points was the highest individual score in the history of Tests between the two sides. England had never before scored more than 32 points against the Wallabies and this equalled their largest margin of victory against Australia.

Twickenham was illuminated by the livewire scrum-half Ben Youngs, who was named man of the match, by the powerful ball-carrying of Nick Easter and Tom Palmer and by Ashton's try-scoring.

As ever, the build-up had been dominated by the clash between England's powerful pack and Australia's lethal back division. But Johnson had said in the week that the age of winning Tests by "sticking it up your jumper" had passed and England proved there is more to their game yesterday by tearing into Australia from the off.

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