Out-muscled, OUT-thought, OUT-maneuvered, OUT-scrummed….You can go on, and but England are OUT of their World Cup.
Australia are proving just why they are a force in this World Cup and why they always would be. Remarkable turnaround over the last 12 months and more so battle ready as they have played a play-off game every game. They have a scrum, something that was never there and a dead-eye goal kicker who has a habit of scoring lots of tries and if you think the tries Foley scored against the English were fluke, have a look at his Waratahs record.
Australia set the benchmark and combining a strong forward pack which includes a set of the most dangerous back row forwards in World (Michael Hooper and David Pocock), the rest of the world can see why they are the real deal. While many feel the two can only be countered by another fetcher, it is not so to a very large extent. Australia only managed just two more turnover than England. The difference was how those turnovers were used.
The pair won Australia the Rugby Championship and they will prove key going forward provided Hooper will not be cited. Failure to get to the breakdown quickly and secure your own ball and make a meaningful clean every time will give the fetchers the same excitement every woman gets when she see’s a SALE!
Credit must also go to Michael Cheika for fixing a handicap. He called in Ledesma who is from Argentina, a World Cup semifinalist and part of the feared Argentinian scrum.
Australia managed to garner over five penalties at the scrum time against England and when they dominated that facet they were in pole position to win. Michael Cheika is a serial winner. Leinster,
Waratahs and Australia have seen this. Can he now deliver the Rugby World Cup? It will surely make him the greatest rugby union coach ever.
Imagine Australia had Nick White at this World Cup? Score could have exploded into the 50’s, as Phibbs continued to show poor form.
Where to now for England? It will be surprising to see Stuart Lancaster continue his role as head coach with Jim Mallinder, Nick Mallett (again), John Mitchell, Jake White some of the names being thrown around to take over.
Knocked out at home should be a devastating feeling especially for a country that is proud and at times arrogant like the English.
The next match up against Uruguay would do well to feature George Ford, Henry Slade, Joe Launchbury, Anthony Watson among many! Spare a thought for the England players who have have to endure a torrid time not just from the legends in their game but from their vicious media which takes no prisoners.
Known for talking up their team and then dismantling it. To be fair England have the players and while rules have prevented them from selecting Steffon Armitage and Nick Abendanon, you can add the ill-disciplined pair of Manu Tuilagi and Dylan Hartley who would have added X-factor to their side especially at the stage when England trailed by a single score.
Lancaster will need to have quite a lot of introspection into selections especially with the hype around Sam Burgess and how he was picked over Kyle Eastmond and Luther Burrell.
The biggest criticism England can get at this stage is why let a lead of 22-12 slip when you had Wales on the ropes. That loss and not this one to Australia compounded their exit. Will Lancaster remain in the hot seat? I would keep the man, but I don’t make that call.
He has not just built a team. He has built an identity and he has allowed the English to have; not just an exciting brand but a group of players. England regained an identity. What the Rugby Football Union will decide now will either take England back to the top or destroy them for good.
A disastrous World Cup can be fixed, question is- What will England do to fix theirs? Wales will likely finish second and face a daunting Springbok side that is slowly building momentum, it is the matter of how Southern hemisphere sides continue to rule the roost.
A few hours ago a story broke out which has shaken up England rugby, or in essence is set to shake it up. The source Inferno Production say they have evidence and will be sourcing it to the various outlets. What we have is a few snippets of the comments and RuggaWorld will attach them in the comments section.
The English have a knack for drama and this is evidence of this. Enjoy fans!