England 35 Australia 18 - The 2010 Cook Cup
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‘That is what you work for, for days like this’ MARTIN JOHNSON
This was a truly great performance from England who shone from beginning to end in front of over 80,000 Twickenham fans. It was supposed to be a battle royal between England’s powerful pack and the mesmerising Australian backs but instead it was the English who showed all the flair, led by their super-impressive scrum-half, Ben Youngs. Chris Ashton scored a brace of tries, including a 90-metre sprint to touch down after England ran the ball from their own tryline. England dominated against their Southern Hemisphere opponents and sealed a 35-18 victory, with fly-half Toby Flood kicking 25 points.
• England’s 35-18 victory over Australia last November will be remembered as the finest performance since the 2003 World Cup Final.
• Chris Ashton scored one of the greatest tries ever witnessed at Twickenham.
• Scrum-half Ben Youngs was the inspiration behind much of England’s enterprising play as England triumphed over their old adversaries.
• Fly-half Toby Flood excelled in the absence of Jonny Wilkinson and scored 25 points - a record haul for an Englishman against the Wallabies.