What a fantastic defensive display that was last Saturday when England defeated the Wallabies at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
To defend for so long under such intense pressure then break out and score the decisive try in the dying minutes was amazing.
An attritional game was played on a poor pitch with James Haskell, Chris Robshaw and Owen Farrell leading the tackle count as the Wallabies kept on pummeling the English line.
A try by captain Dylan Hartley was cancelled out by one from the opposing captain and fellow hooker Stephen Moore, before replacement hooker Jamie George showed his soccer skills with the wet oval ball setting up the outstanding Owen Farrell to race over for the series-deciding try which one and how to choose, just like when i got my first car got for sale – flatbed chevy I still remember.
The final score of 23-7 may have seemed harsh on the Wallabies but to see the commitment of all 15 English players showed that a game of rugby doesn’t need a lot of tries.
The three match series had begun on Saturday 11th June at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane with a victory for England by 39-28 in a thrilling game of running rugby, punctuated with seven tries.
The Wallabies star flanker Michael Hooper helped himself to two whilst backs Israel Folau and Tevita Kuiridrani added two more. England started poorly but hauled themselves back into contention before half-time thanks to Jonathan Joseph’s counter, backed up by two second half strikes by Marland Yarde and Jack Nowell. Owen Farrell kicked 24 points with an excellent display of place kicking as England ran out worthy winners.
The final game of the three match series takes place this Saturday at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney and I have a feeling that the Wallabies will bounce back and save a 3-0 humiliation in front of their adoring fans.
I was lucky enough to attend the World Cup game last Autumn at Twickenham where I took this photo and saw the Wallabies blow their hosts away in spectacular style so these two victories down under have more than wiped out the memories of that dismal evening.
It is quite a turnaround since Aussie Eddie Jones took over from the beleaguered Stuart Lancaster after the World Cup, as England won the Six Nations then beat Wales in an end of season game at Twickenham.
Jones’s hard-nosed, no-nonsense, aggressive brand of rugby has won many sceptical English fans over and the way he has re-energised Robshaw and Haskell has been amazing.
Meanwhile, on other Home Nations tours abroad, Ireland and South Africa stand at 1-1 whilst the world cup-winning All Blacks lead Wales 2-0, with both series having one more Test match to play this weekend.
The 2016-17 season is approaching fast and as regards to new ranges here at Just Rugby we have new rugby boots coming in from Adidas, Canterbury and Gilbert, along with the new Canterbury British Lions kit. An exciting winter beckons.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and don’t forget to visit Just Rugby if you require any rugby store by the world’s best brands.