Alexander still fueled by Lions loss

Australia prop Ben Alexander admits beating England at Twickenham today will not ease the pain of the Qantas Wallabies' crushing defeat in the deciding Test against the British & Irish Lions this summer. [more]

Alexander still fueled by Lions loss

Australia prop Ben Alexander admits beating England at Twickenham today will not ease the pain of the Qantas Wallabies’ crushing defeat in the deciding Test against the British & Irish Lions this summer.

After battling back to tie the series in the second Test, Australia were at the receiving end of a dominant Lions in the tour decider, losing 16-41.

And at Twickenham today, Alexander will reignite his Lions rivalry against the likes of Mako Vunipola, Tom Youngs and Dan Cole.

But the tight-head, who started in all three Tests for the Wallabies, believes it will take a long time before Australia restore their reputation on the world stage.

"The way that third game went was heart-breaking,” he said. “For us, we'll never get that chance again.

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"We're just left with what-ifs. It definitely was the most disappointing moment in my career.

"I don't think it will erase (the memory) if we perform well.

"It won't really clear it up until a World Cup semi or final when the scrum performs that people will finally go 'the scrum is solid'.

"Our problem has been consistency. You are not going to win a World Cup unless your scrum is consistent. I don't think we'll ever silence the critics until that happens.”

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