Australia tour - Twickenham, 15 November 2008, 14:30 local, 14:30 GMT
England (11) 14 - 28 (12) Australia (FT)

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The Martin Johnson era of English rugby encounters its first real test against a revitalised Wallabies side under Robbie Deans at Twickenham this afternoon. After a positive start against the Pacific Islands last weekend, England will be looking to mix it with the old enemy. Johnson has kept faith with the attacking back-line that performed well in bursts last weekend, but all eyes will be on the battle between Danny Cipriani and the mercurial Matt Giteau at 10. Up front, can the improving Wallaby scrum deal with Andrew Sheridan and Phil Vickery?

Twickenham is buzzing with excitement as the latest instalment of this famous rivalry gets underway with a kick off from Matt Giteau. He kicks away from England's forwards and it's an England knock on.

1

First scrum goes down twice, a bit of psychology perhaps. Australia free kick. Smith driven back, Australia full penalty as England go over the top.

2 0 - 3

Giteau dissects the posts easily. Advantage Australia.

3

Sharpe claims the restart, Burgess goes wide to Mitchell who puts it out on the full.

4

Mears overthrows and claimed by Australia. Giteau kicks long and Armitage returns but out on the full. Nervous start for England.

5

Moore throws in and England pour through the lineout. Another penalty for Australia.

6 0 - 6

Giteau's kick creeps inside the posts and it's further worry for England.

7

Australia claim the lineout but are turned over. Flutey carries, ball wide and Cipriani chips through. Australia lineout 5 out from their line.

Moore feeds the lineout and Burgess clears to Armitage who is hit by Cross. England have it. Care keeps it tight with the forwards but it's turnover for Australia

8

Australia go up the middle but Mears rips the ball clear for England, Care bangs the ball downfield and into touch on the Australia 22

9

Moore goes over the top and Giteau bursts clear, but Mortlock drops the pass. England pour forward, Cipriani bangs a high ball, claimed by Croft. Good drive from palmer up to the 22

10

England are turned over again and Mitchell kicks a huge clearance, Armitage clears well. Ashley-Cooper goes high and Croft knocks on. Ball goes forward from Australia, England scrum.

11

Free kick to England after an early engagement for Australia. Care goes into midfield, good defence from Australia keeping them on halfway

12

Care looks for Cipriani who finds Noon, slow and steady from England. Care to Cipriani, Mears takes the ball and slips

13

Penalty to England for an early tackle, Cipriani is going for the posts on the angle.

14

Bad connection from Cipriani and the ball flies wide, still 0-6 to Australia.

Easter volleys the restart back and it's Australia ball. Burgess kicks behind Sackey who returns

15

Looked like obstruction on Sackey, referee stops play in midfield. Touch judge is across. Penalty to England is given, right call.

England kick downfield, Mears feeds Croft. Care takes it up, inside ball from Cipriani finds Easter. Burgess nearly steals Care's pass from the ruck but knocks on.

16

Scrum goes down again, referee is having a word with the front rows.

17

Scrum is re-set again, England free kick this time. good leg drive from the England back row on second phase ball. Mears rumbles wide, Easter looks for the offload and is robbed. Australia break but Croft catches Hynes and bundles him into touch

18

Messy lineout, Care cleans up and England get some momentum through Easter. Noon is hit by Mortlock, slow ball for Care.

19

Cipriani kicks behind Ashley-Cooper, who clears to Monye. Monye goes across field, slow ball for Care. Cipriani is clean through

20

Ball wide from Care, Mears goes for the corner but great cover from Australia sees him into touch. Superb from Cipriani.

21 3 - 6

Moore misses his man but Smith cleans up. Slow for Burgess but Giteau clears to Armitage who bangs a drop-goal over from 30m, 3-6 now.

22

Care claims the restart and clears downfield to halfway. Moore's throw is not straight. Ref wants another word about binding in the scrum

23

Scrum is still a mess, but Care is told to put it in. Re-set again, England get a full penalty that Care takes quickly but loses with a poor pass

24

Australia clear long and Sackey makes a poor clearance onto the England 22. Moore finds Sharpe at the front, Mortlock comes from deep, Giteau punces on the ball and rumbles on. Patient stuff.

25

Smith is clattered, Burgess goes wide quickly but stopped on the England 22. Slow ball is kept tight by Sharpe, Vickery puts his hands into the ruck and it's another kickable penalty for Giteau. Poor from Vickery.

26

Giteau's kick is good, poor discipline is costing England.

27 3 - 9

Australia claim the restart and kick high, Smith gathers. Giteau finds Cross who kicks long to Armitage. Armitage's clearance goes to Ashley-Cooper

28

Big clearance is followed up by Australia in numbers and they turn over ball 10 metres from England's line. Can their scrum hold up?

29

Burgess collects at the base, Mitchell comes off his wing, loop pass taken by Hynes. Sharpe takes it on, Burgess finds Giteau

30

Good defence by England by Australia have yet another penalty, this time for offside. England's discipline has to be sorted by Borthwick.

31 3 - 12

Beautiful kick from Giteau, he is really punishing England

32

Australia claim the ball easily and Giteau clears to halfway. Mears' throw is picked off at the base. Giteau's kick charged down by Flutey, ball goes high from Armitage and Care breaks clear.

33

England metres out and rolling on, Sheridan inches short. Ref calls a stop as the ball is unplayable, dynamic stuff from England. Ref now wants a look at the TMO.

34

No try, back for the 5m scrum. Great position for England. Sheridan is off for Stephens. Scrum goes down again. Solid this time, Australia go for the wheel, ball out to Stephens, Mears inches short. Big drive again and the ball is over beneath a mass of bodies, Nick Easter emerges and it's try-time for England.

35 8 - 12

Cipriani shanks his kick horribly, not looking good for him

36

England have the restart and Care clears to Hynes, Giteau bangs his kick out on the full.

37

Knocked on in the lineout by Australia but England have it through Stevens and Mears. England on halfway. Easter rumbles forward. Borthwick takes it on, England advantage for a high-tackle on Rees, Flutey kicks high and Croft claims on the Aus 22

38

Stevens again takes the ball on, Australia penalised again for not rolling away. Chance for Cipriani, same position as moments ago

39 11 - 12

Spot on this time from Cipriani, England within one now. England lose the restart, Smith barges forward, Cross takes it up

40

Big pressure on Burgess, but another penalty for offside. A stupid risk from Sackey there, kickable penalty for Giteau. Giteau pushes this one across the face, 11-12 at Half Time.

40

Back underway and England almost immediately penalised for offside at a kick. Giteau bangs Australia downfield

41

Moore throws in and claimed by Shapre. Ball quickly into midfield with Mortlock

42

Burgess keeps it tight with the forwards, wide to Mitchell who releases Ashley-Cooper but his pass is forward.

43

Care feeds the scrum, but Australia steal the ball and Moore bundles forward, ball is chipped through by Burgess and Sackey kicks into the stands.

44

Moore has a pressure throw and again claimed well by Sharpe, Mortlock barges through the tackles in midfield, Cross is hit by Armitage but Aus are knocking on the door, Mortlock knocks on, poor from the skipper.

45

Wycliff Palu is on for Australia for Brown. Scrum falters again. England have a free kick but the front rows have kicked off. Jonker calms them down, and Cipriani clears

46

Ball comes back from Australia, Armitage claims well and clears. Cooper clears back but it's on the full

47

Armitage receives the ball wide but is lined up by Mitchell, England still have it. Easter carries, Cipriani goes clean through again, Hynes covers. Care goes again, Monye is tackled. Mears takes it up, Care to Cipriani, Noon bangs it up in midfield. Sackey stopped out wide

48

Cipriani goes for an easy drop goal in front but pushes it wide.

49

Sackey claims the restart Care feeds the centre, penalty advantage to England. poor pass from Care and advantage over

50 14 - 12

Palmer rumbles forwards, good offload from Vickery. All slows down with Sheridan, another penalty for England. Cipriani misses with a drop, but back for the penalty.

51

Cipriani converts an easy kick and England are in front. Borthwick claims the restart but Care's clearance is charged down by Sharpe. Cipriani covers and dots down for an Australian five-metre scrum.

52

Cipriani is down with an injury, but appears to be ok. Australia will have to get a decent platform from this 5m scrum. Australia get the penalty after Sheridan slips his bind. One for Baxter there.

53 14 - 15

Giteau converts the penalty amidst some booing from the crowd

54

England claim the restart, Cipriani feeds Noon/ Care goes blind with Easter. Mears and Stevens rumble on.

55

England stopped out wide, Borthwick rumbles on. Stevens takes it up. Knock on and Australia counter. Armitage does well with a n awkward bouncing kick, Australia pile in but Armitage has kept the ball

56

Cipriani kicks down the middle and Aashely-Cooper runs it back, ball is ripped in the tackle but England give away a penalty for holding on

57

Giteau has no problem with the kick and level Michael Lynagh's record of six against England

58 14 - 18

Australia have the ball from the restart, good break from Rees following the clearance but England are penalised for offside.

59

Giteau clears downfield to just outside the England 22. Sharpe again claims the lineout and Australia take it up the middle. They're now pinged for holding on, Burgess the culprit.

60

Not a great clearance from Armitage. Mears finds Palmer, Flutey is hammered by Mortlock in midfield. Ball is stolen by Australia

61

Australia have slow ball but there's a knock on from England so it's scrum time on England's 22

62

Pressure on Burgess from Care brings a knock on from Giteau. Good work from Care.

63

Care feeds the scrum, Australia put the shove on and England put hands in to recover the ball. Baxter is jubilant. Mortlock is lining up the kick.

64 14 - 21

It's got the legs from halfway. Bit of a gap in the scores now.

65

Australia have a messy restart and Burgess box kicks. Armitage claims well, Lipman hit in midfield. Care goes wide to Cipriani, Stevens takes it up but lateral from England

66

Armitage takes it up, slow ball fro Care. Ball is knocked on and Mortlock clears long. Sharpe takes the England lineout, Australia go wide but are turned over.

67

Cipriani clears down the middle, Hynes has the ball after a grubber. Australia metres out now. Australia have an advantage.

68 14 - 26

Great hands out from Mortlock and Giteau, Ashley-Cooper is in acres of space and runs in to score. Superb composure and skills.

69 14 - 28

Giteau has no problem adding the extras. England knock on at the restart and Mortlock slices a clearance.

70

Monye runs it back, England on the Australia 22. Great step from Flutey puts him into space. Ball goes forward from Cipriani, who is levelled by Palu

71

Scrum goes down again, a wait for all involved on the 22. Burgess is under pressure but finds Mortlock who clears. Flood chips over the top but Burgess covers. England turn possession over though, Flutey picks a gap again

72

Noon checks and goes on the outside, Sackey gets the ball on the touchline and is bundled out

73

Sharpe claims yet again, Burgess takes his time before clearing downfield. Ellis feeds Armitage who looks for Monye. Messy from England but the ball is theirs. Illegal challenge signalled earlier by the ref, back for an England penalty

74

Flood bangs the ball downfield, Hartley finds Croft and England maul on. Australia collapse and Shaw rolls on. Metres short now England.

75

Knock on from England though, Australia ecstatic.

76

Burgess collects and feeds Mortlock who clears long. Armitage takes the lineout to himself and England run the ball back. Good break from Haskell finds Flood, hacked down by a tackler.

77

England going backwards under the Australian defence

78

Ball is out wide with Hartley, Flutey puts some pace on it in midfield. Some good hands from Sackey finds Stevens.Knock on from Burgess, Hartley rumbles on

79

Ellis finds Flood, another big hit forces the ball backwards. Ellis finds Haskell, Flutey picks up off his toes and finds Monye, England have a penalty 5m out. Mortlock chops Monye down after the whistle, but no further action.

80

England take the tap, last chance. Ball is lost forward and that's it for England. The Johnson revolution failed to materialise, while Australia grew into the game and showed some real steel up-front. Good experience for the young England players, but no end product. Australia were ruthlessly efficient and it told against an ill-disciplined England.

Timeline

Time England  Score  Australia
0 start of first half start of first half
2 0 - 3 Giteau - penalty goal
6 0 - 6 Giteau - penalty goal
21 Armitage - drop goal 3 - 6
27 3 - 9 Giteau - penalty goal
31 3 - 12 Giteau - penalty goal
34 Stevens - sub on
Sheridan - sub off
35 Easter - try 8 - 12
39 Cipriani - penalty goal 11 - 12
40+1 end of first half end of first half
40 start of second half start of second half
42 Sheridan - sub on
Stevens - sub off
45 Brown - sub off
Palu - sub on
50 Cipriani - penalty goal 14 - 12
53 14 - 15 Giteau - penalty goal
54 Stevens - sub on
Vickery - sub off
58 14 - 18 Giteau - penalty goal
59 Easter - sub off
Haskell - sub on
64 Shaw - sub on
Palmer - sub off
Rees - sub off
Lipman - sub on
14 - 21 Mortlock - penalty goal
65 Chisholm - sub off
Mumm - sub on
66 Vickery - sub on
Ellis - sub on
Sheridan - sub off
Care - sub off
68 14 - 26 Ashley-Cooper - try
69 14 - 28 Giteau - conversion
70 Mears - sub off
Hartley - sub on
71 Cipriani - sub off
Flood - sub on
80 end of second half
end of half
end of second half
McMeniman - sub off
Polota-Nau - sub on
end of half
0
80 McMeniman - sub off
Polota-Nau - sub on

Notes

 
Result Australia won by a margin of 14 points
 
Ground name Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance 80688
 
Referee M Jonker (South Africa)
 
England Test debuts none
Australia Test debuts none

Teams

England Australia
Tries Easter (35) Tries Ashley-Cooper (68)
Cons none Cons Giteau (69)
Pens Cipriani (39, 50) Pens Giteau (2, 6, 27, 31, 53, 58), Mortlock (64)
Drops Armitage (21) Drops none

Match stats

England   Australia
1 Tries 1
0 from 0 Conversion goals 1 from 1
2 from 3 Penalty goals 7 from 8
66.7% Kick at goal success 88.9%
1 Dropped goals 0
Kick/pass/run
21 Kicks from hand 31
152 Passes 82
151 Runs 62
487 Metres run with ball 234
Attacking
4 Clean breaks 2
9 Defenders beaten 4
12 Offloads 3
120 from 125 (96.0%) Rucks won 50 from 55 (90.9%)
2 from 2 (100.0%) Mauls won 0 from 1 (0.0%)
19 Turnovers conceded 14
Defensive
71/4 Tackles made/missed 180/9
94.7% Tackling success rate 95.2%
Set pieces
5 won, 2 lost (71.4%) Scrums on own feed 6 won, 0 lost (100.0%)
7 won, 3 lost (70.0%) Lineouts on own throw 11 won, 1 lost (91.7%)
Discipline
11 Penalties conceded 12
0/0 Yellow/red cards 0/0

Eng stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Armitage 0/0 3 5/2/11 36 0 0 0 0 2/0 1/0 1 0/0
W Sackey 0/0 0 3/4/7 14 0 1 0 2 1/0 0/0 1 0/0
C Noon 0/0 0 0/0/7 10 0 0 1 0 5/0 0/0 0 0/0
C Flutey 0/0 0 1/5/11 53 1 2 0 0 7/1 0/0 0 0/0
W Monye 0/0 0 0/0/7 37 0 1 1 1 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
FH Cipriani 0/0 6 5/20/4 52 2 3 0 2 7/1 0/0 0 0/0
SH Care 0/0 0 4/62/10 42 0 0 2 4 5/0 0/0 1 0/0
P Sheridan 0/0 0 0/0/7 19 0 0 0 0 2/0 0/0 1 0/0
H Mears 0/0 0 0/5/12 45 0 1 0 3 6/0 0/0 0 0/0
P Vickery 0/0 0 0/4/4 14 0 0 1 0 2/0 0/0 2 0/0
L Borthwick 0/0 0 0/1/9 6 0 0 1 1 4/0 0/0 2 0/0
L Palmer 0/0 0 0/0/9 10 0 0 2 0 6/0 4/0 0 0/0
F Croft 0/0 0 0/1/5 16 0 0 1 2 8/1 2/0 1 0/0
F Rees 0/0 0 0/0/9 25 0 0 0 0 6/1 0/0 1 0/0
N8 Easter 1/0 5 1/2/12 34 0 0 2 1 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
(H) Hartley 0/0 0 0/0/5 23 1 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Stevens 0/0 0 0/4/8 9 0 0 1 0 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
(L) Shaw 0/0 0 0/3/3 2 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(N8) Haskell 0/0 0 0/0/5 14 0 1 1 1 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
(F) Lipman 0/0 0 0/0/3 7 0 0 2 0 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
(SH) Ellis 0/0 0 0/23/1 6 0 0 0 0 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
(FH) Flood 0/0 0 2/4/2 13 0 0 0 0 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

Aust stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Ashley-Cooper 1/0 5 3/6/5 47 0 1 0 1 7/0 2/0 0 0/0
W Hynes 0/0 0 1/2/3 27 0 0 0 0 7/0 0/0 1 0/0
C Cross 0/0 0 1/1/5 36 0 0 0 2 12/1 0/0 1 0/0
C Mortlock 0/1 3 5/2/3 11 1 2 0 2 17/0 0/0 1 0/0
W Mitchell 0/0 0 4/2/2 8 0 0 0 1 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
FH Giteau 0/0 20 9/13/4 43 1 1 0 2 9/0 1/0 0 0/0
SH Burgess 0/0 0 7/37/8 0 0 0 2 1 2/1 0/0 2 0/0
P Robinson 0/0 0 0/1/2 0 0 0 0 0 14/1 0/0 1 0/0
H Moore 0/0 0 0/0/3 12 0 0 0 0 11/1 0/0 0 0/0
P Baxter 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 11/0 0/0 0 0/0
L Chisholm 0/0 0 0/1/3 0 0 0 0 1 10/1 3/0 0 0/0
L Sharpe 0/0 0 1/1/7 10 0 0 1 1 13/2 4/2 1 0/0
F McMeniman 0/0 0 0/1/2 10 0 0 0 0 15/1 0/0 1 0/0
F Smith 0/0 0 0/1/8 7 0 0 0 0 14/1 0/0 1 0/0
N8 Brown 0/0 0 0/6/4 9 0 0 0 1 6/0 0/0 0 0/0
(F) Polota-Nau 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(L) Mumm 0/0 0 0/0/1 0 0 0 0 0 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
(N8) Palu 0/0 0 0/1/2 14 0 0 0 0 11/0 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

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