England 35 Australia 18: The Aftermath

After a long awaited hugely satisfying England win at Twickenham, who are we most proud of?  Who are we getting carried away with talking about? How happy can we be? Why might we need to stay calm?!

Exclusive England post-match media coverage below including video of Martin Johnson’s post match press conference plus audio interviews with Courtney Lawes, Ben Youngs, Ben Foden and try scoring hero Chris Ashton.

England manager Martin Johnson’s Post Match Press Conference:


Ashton on his try:


Man of the Match Ben Youngs:


Second Row mountain, Courtney Lawes:


Full Back Ben Foden:


Replacement Scrum-Half Danny Care talks to The Rugby Blog’s Ben Coles & Nick Heath:


11 thoughts on “England 35 Australia 18: The Aftermath

  1. An absolutely fantastic game! Was in the crowd and the atmosphere amongst both sets of fans was electric!!
    Amazing tries from Ashton!! And the Aussies made us work for it too!
    Really good game!

  2. Absolutely amazing!!! I was a little unsure about a few of the selections for the AI’s, but they proved me completely wrong today. If we can consistently play/perform like that then I think we could be looking at a new golden age for Englisg rugby (though I don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves just yet). Unlucky skippy

  3. After some of the comments aimed at him, I think Flood needs credit today!

    Excellent link play, defence and flawless kicking!

  4. Phenomenal performance. tins and hape both put in great efforts. I thought lawes and Easter both but in great performance. The great news is we didn’t win by front row – to quote bumble we flippin murdered em

  5. Absolutely brilliant – best England performance I’ve seen for nearly a decade. Youngs, Lawes, Ashton, Croft, Hape….all the youngsters fired magnificently. Not forgetting the rest of the team who were awesome. That’s win no.1 for the AI’s, let’s hope MJ can eclipse the 2-game win target set by the RFU management and bring home two more victories over the next two weeks.

  6. Great comments lads, agree with all of them. Keep an eye out for reviews and player ratings tomorrow morning.

  7. Very impressive win. Tough to single out one man but Youngs has injected so much energy into England, the confidence amongst the team and squad is clear. Loved it!

    Flood ran the show beautifully, one mis-placed kick and pass apart if we’re being picky. Hape and Tindall, infinitely better. Palmer was everywhere and even Sheridan was busy in the loose with some strong carries (3 aussies hanging off him on each), and putting in some shuddering hits. Lawes what a prospect. Cole seemed to tidy up loose ball all afternoon, very sharp. Easter was a rock as usual, and Quates rolled back the years, so much for his lack of pace. Cooper will be having nightmares about him for weeks.

    Our first score was a great ‘rugby’ try, but I may have watched Ashton’s second a fair few times afterwards :)

    Good to see Johnson grounded post-match, hopefully onwards and upwards from here

    PS: great coverage as usual guys

  8. The impressive thing about England against both the All Blacks and Wallabies was their fitness so early in the season. They played with width and pace for the full 80.

    Only question (as with the ABs against Scotland) is the quality of the opposition. Even if England didn’t let them play well, this Wallabies team is going backwards not forwards. The scrum is a shambles, and there are only two really great players, Beale and Pocock.

    Robbie must be a worried little dingo.

  9. England may be putting itself in the position of favorite in the 6 Nations…Wales, and Ireland are on the downward slide, France beat Fiji, but they did not look good against South Africa and Argentina back in June-and has suffered some key injuries to some players…and Scotland and Italy are in the lower tier of the Six Nations.

  10. Don’t overhype England too much (although after Saturday’s performance it is difficult not to), Scotland are very match rusty, Wales show moments of real brilliance and Ireland are their usual self.

    I think that England are definitely putting themselves forward and stand a very good chance in the 6 Nations, but that’s months away. Lets enjoy it while we can (and yes I have watched Flash’s second try 5 or 6 times and it’s better every time).

  11. England do appear to moving in the right direction, they have started playing whats in front of them and not just set plays time and time again. However, some of the young players moving through the England set up are being told that they are not big enough, hence strong enough. I know a number of them, they are fast, skilful and agile

    In the 18, 19 and u21 of Aust, NZ, Wales; all favour skilful agile players and further develop them without casting them aside so early

    They are playing like the Welsh team of the 70’s.Anyhow just some thoughts!

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