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England, host nation to the Rugby World Cup 2015, achieved a needed victory against a weary Australia 26-17 at Twickenhan in front of a sellout 82,000 plus crowd. The Red Roses scored 16 points off the foot of fly-half George Ford, and two tries from forward Ben Morgan.
The Wallabies played their 15th test match in 25-weeks, finishing with six defeats in the past seven tests. The team started out third in World Rugby rankings, but, after this poor performance, have dropped to fifth.
Credit for the win goes to a cohesive English pack that created ample possession, dominating the scrum. Australia showed flash with its creative backs making occasional surges through the English defense.
England enjoyed a ten-point lead with 20 minutes left, and left the field victorious in this year’s edition of the Cook Cup played between these two XVs and named after Captain James Cook.
It’s important to remember that England, Australia, and Wales compete in Pool A of the RWC.
England (13) 26
Tries: Morgan (2); Cons: Ford (2); Pens: Ford (4)
Australia (3) 17
Tries: Foley, Skelton; Cons: Foley, Cooper; Pen: Foley