The Wallabies restored some pride after last week’s poor loss to France with a tough win in England Saturday night.
Continuing their tour of Europe after losing 33-6 in Paris last week, Australia pulled out a 20-14 win against the old rival in front of 81,000 fans at Twickenham.
Berrick Barnes gave the Wallabies a six point buffer with three second-half penalty conversions as England mounted a late attack. A try in the 35th minute from winger Nick Cummins kept the Australians in game as they went into halftime down 14-11, but a 9-0 second half helped seal the victory.
Last week’s disappointing loss in the opening Test of the Wallabies’ European tour was as much a let-down as it was dangerous heading towards the 2015 World Cup; every Test is a vital one as a top four seed will ensure that Australia does not draw New Zealand in their opening round group.
Australia’s improvement in the scrum was noticeable in comparison to the effort shown in Paris, as was the level of intensity throughout.
Coach Robbie Deans was satisfied with the result.
"Any result here against England is significant," he said.
"It was much better than last week and obviously it had to be. The biggest part of the adjustment was a mental thing.
"They defended very well. England threw a lot at them, the boys had a lot of faith in the defensive line."
The win at least buys Deans a little more time as coach, his position is seemingly always coming into question, but the Wallabies must continue to show improvement ahead of next year’s British and Irish Lions Tour.
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