The Wallabies came crashing down to earth after they were comprehensively beaten 35-18 by an adventurous and daring England team at Twickenham on Saturday.
England kept ball in hand for the whole match and it was Toby Flood who punished the Wallabies from all over the field, converting seven penalties and also converting the two tries scored by England winger Chris Ashton to take his personal tally to 25 for this match, a record for an Englishman against the Wallabies.
At halftime England was leading 16-6.
Australia replied with two James O’Connor penalties in the first half and in the second Kurtley Beale scored two individual tries – one converted by O’Connor – but it was simply not enough to keep up with the adventurous England.
The performance must be seen as the best England performance since Martin Johnson took over the management while the Wallabies will have noticed they still have a lot of work left if they are to be true 2011 World Cup contenders.
ENGLAND 35 – 18 AUSTRALIA (Halftime 16-6)
Tries: Chris Ashton (2)
Conversions: Toby Flood (2)
Penalties: Toby Flood (7)
Tries: Kurtley Beale (2)
Conversion: James O’Connor
Penalties: James O’Connor (2)