England fall to Wallabies

Martin Johnson tasted defeat for the first time as England manager as the World Cup finalists lost 28-14 to Australia at Twickenham. [more]

England fall to Wallabies

Martin Johnson tasted defeat for the first time as England manager as the World Cup finalists lost 28-14 to Australia at Twickenham.

England trailed by just a point at the interval, having scored the only try of the first half through Harlequins No8 Nick Easter.

The boot of Wallaby outside-half Matt Giteau proved to be the decisive factor as he landed six penalties and a conversion for a personal tally of 20 points.

The Australians gained some sort of revenge for their World Cup quarter-final defeat in Marseilles last year by scoring 17 unanaswered points after Danny Cipriani’s second penalty had put England 14-11 in front.

Adam Ashley-Cooper’s late try sealed the win for the visitors who had moved 21-14 ahead thanks to a 50-metre penalty from skipper Stirling Mortlock with 15 minutes left to play.

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England now turn their attentions to world champions South Africa, who arrive at Twickenham next Saturday fresh from successive victories over Wales and Scotland.

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