Wallabies beat England 20-14

Russell Jackson, NZ Newswire November 18, 2012, 7:23 am

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans knocked back the opportunity to give his critics a spray after his side's gallant 20-14 win over England at Twickenham.

Deans was under enormous pressure coming into the contest played in front 81,361 fans on Sunday NZT after France thumped Australia 33-6 last weekend in Paris.

It prompted several critics to fire off at Deans, including Wallabies' legend David Campese who said Deans should be sacked for destroying Australian rugby.

Deans was cheekily asked at the post-match press conference if Campese had been in touch.

The Wallabies coach stayed silent before he was then asked about the significance of the victory given the pressure he and his side were under.

But Deans turned the focus off himself and onto his players.

"Any result at Twickenham is significant, it doesn't come easily here," Deans said.

"We're very pleased for the lads and the way they played.

"They played, not me."

Australia repelled attacking raid after attacking raid in a tryless second half with all their points in the second spell coming from the boot of fullback Berrick Barnes, who kicked three penalty goals.

Barnes kicked four penalties for the night and a first-half field goal for a personal tally of 15 points.

Of great relief to the Wallabies was the fact they broke a two-Test scoring drought when Nick Cummins crashed over in the 35th minute.

The big Western Force winger finished off a near 55 metre effort after halfback Nick Phipps ghosted through some feeble England left edge defence.

Australia only led for a few minutes before giant Samoan-born centre Manusamoa scored out wide to make it 14-11 at the halftime break.

Man of the match, Australia's No.7 Michael Hooper, who was a constant menace at the breakdown, said the Wallabies' scrum was immense.

"That was such a confidence booster for our tight five, our scrum was very good tonight," he said.

Hooper admitted the Wallabies were in need of a lift.

"It puts us back in a great frame of mind for the rest of the tour. To come out with a performance like that shows the character of this team," he said.

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