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Saturday, November 15, 2008

England vs Australia 1995 World Cup Quarter Final

England vs Australia 1995 World Cup Quarter Final

Australia take on England at Twickenham this afternoon in what should be yet another fiercely contested battle between the two rugby powerhouses. Today we're going to take a look back to their famous 1995 RWC Quarter Final in South Africa.

The match was not a running spectacle, but was packed with tension as it went right down to the final kick. England roared into the game as the stronger side, their pack proving too powerful for their Australian counterparts in the opening 40 minutes.

Michael Lynagh and Rob Andrew both managed two penalties apiece in the half, but it was Tony Underwood's sprint for the try which proved the major defining point between both sides.

When England got a sniff from a turnover, the ball was spread wide fast, landing in the hands of Underwood Jnr, who sprinted down the right wing and touched down for a great try.

Damian Smith later chased high bomb, gathered midair, and touched down for a brilliant try for the Wallabies. From then on, the game was all about the forward confrontation and the boots of Lynagh and Andrew. The pair matched each other kick for kick but neither side could be separated as the full 80 minutes expired with the scores at 22-22.

Into extra time it went, and as England got within sniffing distance, Dewi Morris swept a superb pass to Rob Andrew who in turn unleashed a perfect drop-kick from 45 metres.

It was a famous 25-22 win for England, beating Australia outside of the Northern Hemisphere for the first time.


Time: 05:35

Posted at 10:55 am | 21 comments

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tehsniper November 15, 2008 4:15 pm

well england got owned this time, their scrum being particulaly shocking. I can't see anything positive in their game, lost against what remains an unconvincing Australian team.will be interesting to see Aus vs Frogs next week, both team having won their two previous games without really playing ...

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Anonymous November 15, 2008 7:29 pm

cant beat a good bit of english hypethey thought just because they beat the islanders they were gonna take austrailia

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platt November 15, 2008 11:04 pm

who cares about november internationals we own you in world cups

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Anonymous November 15, 2008 11:46 pm

Really? i thought Australia had won two world cups...

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Anonymous November 16, 2008 4:23 am

ahaha no matter how many times Aus beat us we'll always have 1995, 2003 and 2007 World Cups

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alex November 16, 2008 4:27 am

like Robbie Deans said no point looking to the past. The one thing that matters is what happens on the day...and on this day ENGLAND GOT OWNED!!!!!

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geoff November 16, 2008 5:22 am

so you count winning 3 matches that knocked Australia out of the world cup as more important than Australia winning 2 world cups?thats some strange logic there.......

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brian November 16, 2008 10:31 am

The last two world cups, we have dominated. End of.Your only as good as your last world cup, and in that my au friends you were rubbish.Just watch us beat south africa.

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zizijeanmaire November 16, 2008 11:06 am

unbelievable sour grapes here. who cares about having won matches if your team proves you now that you're not going to win any if you play like that

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geoff November 16, 2008 12:02 pm

its true England dominated Australia in the last world cupbut the truth is, the only time England has performed well since winning in 03 to now was that one game in Marseille. thats 5 years of rubbish and 1 good game.by your logic, the All Blacks are also rubbish, yet they've dominated the periods between every world cup

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Anonymous November 16, 2008 12:47 pm

Australia Vs England:Games played: 35Australia win: 21England win: 14Draws: 1(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England_vs_Australia_at_rugby_union)Australia: 2 world cupsEngland: 1 World cupIt seems that England's consolation is having won knockout games in World cups. Not really much consolation...

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Anonymous November 16, 2008 1:06 pm

typical english..whenever they lose they bring up the world cup from 5 years agothat was then, this is now and Oz smashed you

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tehsniper November 16, 2008 1:08 pm

you guys are both pathetic. the only form that counts is the form of the moment. and at the moment australia seem to be better nuff said

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Daii November 16, 2008 1:56 pm

Without Jonny You wont beat the oZZies For a long time

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Anonymous November 16, 2008 5:04 pm

'I can't see anything positive in their game, lost against what remains an unconvincing Australian team'england got beaten and lost the forwards battle but to say there were no positives is being abit blind. armitage had a fantastic game at full back, v comfortable under the high ball, confidence for that drop kick and a try saving tackle.we saw the good and bad of cipriani but take into account that he just turned 21, thats his third international start and only a month back from suffering an injury that has the potential to ruin a career. some great breaks but some poor decision making which will come with time. giteau showed the composure that comes with experience.also, englands defence was pretty strong and hopefully if johnson rips into them theyll never concede 21 points from pemalties again which will make it a much closer contest.and this unconvincing aussie side have beaten nz in trinations (yes i know the got smashed by sa as well) so cant be too bad

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geoff November 17, 2008 12:37 am

I actually thought armitage and cipriani played pretty well.one thing about those drop goals thoughgoing for a drop goal after camping in Australia's 22 for the last 5+ phases, shows England weren't confident in their ability to score tries.cipriani went for a drop at what, 10m out?but as you said, the decision making will get better with experience.

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Anonymous November 17, 2008 2:00 am

World Cups are the games that matter and England have it over Aus bigtime

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ABfanrighthuuurrrrrr November 17, 2008 9:56 am

what so england winning the world cup once over australians winning it twice matters....ummmmm learn to count loser!!

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will66 November 17, 2008 10:09 am

Jesus - some of the comments from England and Australia fans here are truly pathetic. Is the only reason you guys watch rugby to feel better about yourself that 15 blokes from your country beat 15 blokes from another country? Do actually care about the game at all? It's really childish frankly.The important stuff - Australia deserved to win but their play was solid rather than spellbinding. The amount of injured players showed I thought. As for England, more than anything their ill-discipline let them down. They penalised themselves out of the game and didn't come away with points after time in the Oz 22; something that never used to happen. Some bright sparks from Armitage aside, they did not look like the finished article at all. Let's hope for better from both sides next week and stop all this mindless squabbling.

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Jimmy 13 November 17, 2008 2:57 pm

Basically Australia are a state, they only just beat a team playing an absolute shambles.

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LYP November 17, 2008 3:09 pm

20-1720-1720-1720-1720-17I dont care how many times England lose to Australia now cus we still won then. End ofOh yeah owned by 14 points, your so much better than NZ cant wait till you get battered by NZ

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