Clare Balding presents as England face the might of Australia at Wembley in the second round of matches in the 2011 Four Nations. The Kangaroos beat England in 2010's tournament.
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It is a single name, a single place, a World In One world. Perhaps it is
the passing of time, for the years since Australia last came here.
Perhaps it is the haunting sound of rugby league at Wembley. Whatever
it is, there is a little tenderness here, only a little, because down
there in the pits of this soaring, revitalised theatre, is the stage
of hard knocks. Ellery Hanley, Martin Offiah, they were in the
cruel business -- business of winning. But as for her Shaun
Edwards, not tender. At Wembley, there is a world with in the world.
This will be the last time Darren Lockyer will grace the Wembley
stage, and has one consummate performer prefers for life after
rugby league, someone else fills the gap. Will Wembley the the stage
for a tough -- for some Tomkins? -- Sam Tomkins? This place is haunted
by the ghosts of greats gone by. Today it will come alive with the
power and potential of stars of the future as international rugby
league returns to Wembley for the first time in 14 years. For England,
the challenge is immense because they take on Australia, the best
side in the world, and that they beat them they will be able to say,
remember, remember, 5th November. Sam Tomkins will relish the stage
and the chance to add to his England tally. He's called four
last week against Wales, and was man of the match. -- he's scored
four. Winning fans round the international newcomers, the Exiles,
if you like. England are unchanged for the top match in a row, and
have bonding tighter with every game. For Australia, the old
Wembley Stadium was a happy hunting ground. They won the World Cup here
in 1992, at 1995. This is their first chance to make a mark on the
new Wembley turf. For their captain Darren Lockyer, this is the
farewell tour, and he will be looking to sign off in style. This
will be his 50th international cap, in the side that was as good as
ever last weekend, beating New Zealand 26-12, and looking as if
there was more to come. The Australian players arrived at
Wembley at about 1:30pm. They were led off by the number one, Billy
Slater, officially the best way round the world. He was voted as
such at a dinner this week. Johnathan Thurston, great player.
Then came the England coach, captain once again by the go live
with that is Jamie Peacock, and the other burgeoning talent of Sam
Tomkins. And that is Jack Reed, he just one year ago, was still
working as a bricklayer, and was taken out by Crispin. He's only 23,
and made his first appearance here at Wembley in an England shirt. --
by Kristine. -- Brisbane. I am joined pitch-side by the man who
was the last architect of success over Australia, Brian Noble. Tell
me, and sell everybody, the level of quality were going to see on
this pitch. There is quality all across the pitch. With this
Australian team, the spine of the team has the fullback, the stand
off, the half back and the hooker postop in those four positions
Australia the four best players in the world. Billy Slater is
unbelievable. He is an excitement machine. Darren Lockyer provides
experience. John McPherson is the half-back, his kicking game is
unbelievable. The tricks that he can provide. And that hooker,
Cameron Smith, his composure, the way that he makes the forwards won
on the ball, these players are the best and police state of origin
together in Australia and have won it six years in a row. Up and that
is a big test for England today. is a daunting line-up. How do the
England players match up? England are less impressive than the
laurels that Ian has given to the Australian players but we have some
world-class players as well, looking at James row the, he is
absolutely an exciting player, he brings it too late. In Sam Tomkins
and Tom Briscoe, two John players making their way in the Super
League, no less a world-class threat. And when you have got
people like Gareth Ellis, they will be considered. I am sure that
Gareth Ellis would make this Australian team, probably the best
compliment that I could pay to him. We have the ultimate stage, back at
Wembley. We have players determined to put on a show, and they can.
There will be Rugby fans around the world watching this to admire the
skill, talent, dedication and fitness. Coming up like, England
against Australia. We have already had a match this afternoon, and the
crowd came early, to watch Wales against New Zealand. Wales made two
changes with Lloyd White and Chris easily coming in. It is 78 years
since Wales played here. Thomas Leuluai or Wigan coming in for New
Zealand. Just checking on the Wales team. Stephen Kearney the New
Zealand coach said, do not take anything for granted. Commentary on
the highlights from brave French he gets in at the corner. Sue pair
kick, a super try. First points to New Zealand from that man, Jason
Nightingale. They are all worrying about the ball. It was a very deft
kick. Nightingale scores. Great tackle. Sam Mackenzie will have
felt that! It is a beautiful ball. He is going for the line, and that
was absolute last! Perfect timing from the young fullback, Kevin luck.
-- Locke. Chasing him out to the line, Gordon James cannot fill the
gap. What an exciting prospect this kid is. The number 16, from the
Parramatta Eels in Sydney. Good tackle and they have let him get
away he has the measure Mark touches down. It seemed like a good
tackle but it evaporated. Another try for the Kiwis. He does not run
in front of anyone. That is a try. He runs at them with the ball going
behind his back. But it is the defender that commits. He did not
run in the way of anyone. Stephen Kearney played here at Wembley with
the Kiwis, so he knows all about the wide open spaces that New
Zealand are binding. That is a difficult kick. Right knocks on. If
he kicks this ball he must score, and the scores. -- and he scores.
The second of the game. He scored twice against Australia in their
first game in the Four Nations. And try. Racing under the posts, and
that is the try that Wales will not want to see, just before half-time.
That is the difference. Making something out of nothing. Gerard
Peel finishing that, something out of nothing on the last brake. --
Beale. Tremendous applause for that. but in all the pressure back on
Wales. -- putting. Is that a forward pass? Yes, it is. Wales,
get away. Never, says Jason Nightingale. But it is. One man
makes the call. Let us have a look. There was the hit. Look at that,
bang! Going up a couple of years, New Zealand. They seem to have
0 lead. These two packs are enjoying running at each other. He
is in and that is the second touchdown for Gerard Beale. The Cup
out pass up, allowing the touchdown. There is the ball. Great crew pass
again, numbers on the blind side. The quality of the pass, and the
vision. The Welsh fans and the crowd, a role in their favour is on.
Looking for a consolation try. -- roaring their favourites on. He
couldn't resist it, could he? New Zealand looking very ordinary in
that nailed. Having said that, every time I open my mouth, there
is a try! -- ordinary in midfield. This is the difference once again.
The little hat-trick. That was a missed tackle. Just fatigue. Good
support play, he does not panic. Could finish. You have said all the
way through that this is the building process. What do you take
from that performance? I thought they were tough and strong and
physically matched New Zealand. We probably lack some composure in the
early stages of the second half which allowed New Zealand to give
us constant pressure and took lots of the energy out of us. When you
play at international level, it is the consistent intensity that these
guys need to get used to. You cannot afford to clock off or make
other mistake, because you will get found out. New Zealand were very
clinical this afternoon. They threw a lot of things at us but I am very
proud of the players. Defensively they were strong and the McGavin,
even when physically tired. We lost two players in the first 20 minutes
for the rest of the game. We had a strong rotation. For them to stand
up like they did, I am very proud up like they did, I am very proud
of them. How did you assess the Welsh performance? I feared the
worst that have time, but the difference is the level that they
play at week in, week out, they got tired and then lost focus and
concentration. They did not look threatening at all, but we did not
expect anything different, because we know how much better England,
New Zealand and Australia are, than Wales. But it was a fantastic
second half ever. How would you compare New Zealand against Wales
to England against Wales last week? A I thought New Zealand were flat,
looking to Benjamin Marshall to do everything for them. It is going to
be a tough game next week. Let us see how England get on to the post.
You name is in the programme today. There is a list of players, there
is going to be a statue pick up, representing a great rugby league
players, and you are one of the 10 suggested games along with Ellery
Hanley, Martin Offiah, and others. There are great players there and I
am privileged to be on that list. I scored a try against Australia, and
I hope that a few of these English Yes. A statue is most definitely
been built in honour of Diana Lockyer, the extraordinary
Australian captain. 34 years old now, he has played in 57
internationals. That statue has or is going up outside the Brisbane
ground. It will go alongside the statue of Wally Lewis and this guy
is just extraordinary. Lock and load, our tribute to one of the
greatest players the world has ever seen. I just think he is the best
player in the world, the most talented player in the world.
of a sudden, he says he you go. is an absolute legend of the game.
Inspirational leader. Beautiful by Nokia. And that is the captain's
Brisbane Broncos, 2006 Premiership champions! This will be an enormous
reception for Darren Lockyer. Six series in a row. On the inside, a
passes -- the passes perfect. Superb play. Darren Lockyer, the
master tactician. Will he get to He has got luckier with him. Cannot
you do it? He has done it. He scores. -- can he do it. The try
And that is why Darren Lockyer is the champion. The word champion
says it all. What an inspiration to A great player and character and
has huge respect from his the international captain. The New
Zealand captain with us now. What is it like to play against him?
is a tribute to the game, a realm role model and a professional in
model. He is the greatest player of all time. I wanted to be like him
growing up and to get the opportunity to play with him and
against him is an honour for me. I will remember that for the rest of
my career. Now your assessment of the New Zealand performance. 36-0
against Wales. There was something missing although the first half was
solid because the second half we'll let our -- we let ourselves down.
There are good signed the next week. We used it here and watch England
closely and assess them before the match next week? We have got a bit
of a bumper and brews in our side. The coach will have a lot of the
idea for us all week. The atmosphere here is electric and it
will be a dream come true to play here. Thank you for coming to talk
to us. Interestingly, the Australian players are still out on
the pitch. They were here 10 minutes before England and they are
out for a good five minutes afterwards. They are making sure
they are familiar with their surroundings. Their coach is Tim
Sheens, 61 years old now. He has been speaking to us. You haven't
had too much of a reshuffle. How much of a boost have you had with
players back? They are very important. But one guy, he hasn't
played for a couple of months, so we are not expecting the world. We
expect them to do their job. had a few gripes about the referee
last week. Did you have some words with the powers-that-be? That has
been pushed at me a little bit. I had something to say, nothing that
nobody else didn't say. It would appear that looking at the game
already today and the game after we played last week, the game has got
little quicker. There were less illegal tactics. Everybody would
appreciate that. You have done a huge amount in your career and seen
and done a lot, but what is it like to send Australia out here against
England? A once-in-a-lifetime chance and for most of the players
not just myself. We are looking forward -- are looking forward to
it. Any complacency? No complacency. We have a lot of respect for this
team. The history of England and Australian games hasn't been good
for Australia, so we need to make sure we are on our game. Good luck.
Tim Sheens, not giving away too much but he will make sure his
players are thoroughly prepared for the challenge that lies ahead. The
England players were out earlier on of the pitch. Robbie Hunter-Paul
can take us through how old he sees them playing. I spend the best part
of my career playing at half back and one thing I knew is that I
couldn't do anything without my front row. England have three of
the best of them in the business. The England captain, Jamie Peacock,
he is the first. Inspirational player. He rolls his sleeves up, he
gets deep. He will carry the ball where nobody wants to. Morley, he
has had a good career. There's nothing the Australians will throw
at him if he cannot handle. And right down here, we have James
Graham, stretching his lower back. Fantastic player. He will also
rolled his sleeves up, it carries the ball back into the defensive
players. He will get in behind the ruck, and he has got a great
passing game. These things will keep a straight on the back foot.
James Roby will have a running game as well. The more he runs, the
better off he will be. Looking around the field, this is one of
the biggest fields in the competition, in the world of rugby
league. So for those guys to have that space, give the ball to Sam
Tomkins, he could have a field day. Very exciting afternoon because a
lot of people have the belief that England can will run Australia
close and could just beat them. One of the men that has to have that
belief was on the bench in 1997 for Great Britain against Australia and
now he is the code of England, Steve McNamara.
How is everybody? Relaxed. They are ready to play. We have had
preparation. Everyone is ready to play. You start with the same 17.
What is the thinking behind it? need consistency, continuity. The
players are starting to gel and come together. We have got seven
players ready to get the opportunity. How big is this match
going to be? A big step. We understand what the Stradey are
capable of doing but we like a challenge and we are pretty relaxed.
-- what Australia are capable of doing for. Or doesn't like being at
Wembley? Just seeing the Australians out there now, it is
great. It is great to play at Wembley. A big crowd out there, a
big television audience. How conference are you what that was
Mac we just want to play well, and we understand all the
responsibility of being a national team. At the end of the day, we
want to perform well for ourselves. Good luck. Cheers.
The crowd is building up out here. A very quiet in the English
dressing room. Steve McNamara giving the final words to his team.
What would you be saying to them? few small reminders of what they
have done through the week and a few individual tips against the
people they are playing. It is going to be ferocious and intense,
and reinforced how well they have to kick today. And it is also going
to boil down to the brilliance of your stars and for England it is
Sam Tomkins. He has an extraordinary records -- record of
11 tries in 11 matches and he looks stronger and faster and better
every time we see him. A lot of people say he's mimicking police
later what is a massive complement. He has got great footwork. The
other thing is, he has The X Factor. He has got a pass, a kick, he
squares it up and brings it back on the inside shoulder. He is very
important because they are strong in the forwards, but they need him.
He is going to be under a lot of pressure from the kicking game
because Australia has a great kicking game. The only thing,
Jonathan, the only thing he is criticised for his arrogance.
have to have a little bit of arrogance. It is not ignorance, it
is arrogance. Belief in your own ability, and he has got that. Today
he will be tested because of the aggressive restraining kicking game
and he might have to do the hard yards. Test rugby is all about...
It is like chess. You have got to your exit plan, get a kicking game,
and there might be one opportunity to win this game and you're going
to have to win it or weight. -- or weight. They need to hang in, do
the basics, wait for their opportunity then take it.
opposite number Sam Tomkins is Billy Slater who, out of interest,
was a word jockey for gay what a house, very famous racehorse
trainer in Sydney. He is quite a small guy. Hasn't he converted well
from racing to rugby league? He has got everything, balance, speed. He
is a freak at times. He is very, very strong. A developed version of
Sam Tomkins, if I could be so complementary to him. He is there
all the time. He knows what is going on. He is an extra half back
and a fabulous player. He has been voted the best player on the planet.
He backs up so well. He is maybe the greatest player of all time,
Lockyer, and then Darren Harper with the kicking game, and then
this guide ships in. He is an amazing player. -- this guy chips
in. How can you kick this ball? It is very interesting. We will do an
item on this one day. So, your predictions. It depends on the
start. If they stay close, England might get over the line. If their
kicking game is good, they have got a great chance. Let's not forget
how good the line speed of a string it is. Defensively, they get so
quickly into the tackle. That is what England have to over come.
Land of Hope and Glory ringing out all over this stadium. Can you see
anything other than an Australian victory? They need to be composed.
The position for Australia is vital. Australia can hold their nerve,
stay with them, and they can get away in the last quarter. I think
Sinfield and Rangi Chase have got to bring their club form to the
international stage. If they do that, England have got a chance,
but Australia are the clear favourites. I just had a shiver
down my back and I don't think because of the temperature. We will
now hand you to our commentary team. Him did against Australia at
Wembley Stadium. Delicious. -- England against Australia. 14 years
since we have had the setting for this occasion and it is an
afternoon that is rich with potential. If you are here, good
luck. If you are watching at home, settle back. Could be a cracker.
Two National anthems to hit, played by the Friary Guildford band, sung
# Australians all let us rejoice. # For we are young and free.
# We've golden soil and wealth for toil.
# Our home is girt by sea. # Our land abounds in nature's
gifts. # Of beauty rich and rare.
# In history's page let every stage. # Advance Australia fair.
# In joyful strains then let us sing.
Long live our noble queen god save our queen send her victorious.
Happy and glorious. Long to reign Rangi Chase and Kevin Sinfield
start again. Jack Reed up against those he faces week-in, week-out,
for the spine. Simon the backers. James Graham and Jamie Peacock
providing the grant down the middle. -- grunt. Greg Inglis comes back
into the centre for Australia after a ten-week absence. Willie Tonga
out with a chest injury and four members of that pack have won
international player of the Year awards in their position this week.
On the bench, England again unchanged. Cooper Cronk and David
Shillington bought survive injury scares for Australia. The referee
is Henry Perenara from New Zealand. He's an ex-NRL player, So he knows
what goes on. Is this going to be one of those days? England start
with possession. The second hour for up by Ellis who command out of
the 20 metre line. Two teams with great expectations, England against
Australia at Wembley. We have perfect playing conditions out
there. It might seem like there is a bit of mist hanging around, but I
think it is small, fireworks. Wembley's red carpet has been ruled
out for rugby league royalty, in the shape of Darren Lockyer. Billy
Slater, almost finding a way through, but Westwood, making the
tackle. Slater takes to tackle one, on the 40 metre line. The coach,
Tim Sheens, if they are up to that interference in the build up. And
there is the first penalty to Australia. It has been a major
difference from what Australia experienced last week and what
England experienced in terms of refereeing. They are going to have
to be a lot sharper. The explanation from the referee, that
there was a flop down. Australia being made to wait for the ball.
England prepare for their first real test in defence. Here is
Cameron Smith. Looking down at blind-side. Dealt with by three
England defenders. He and it was held. But what has happened? Taken
a way, by Greg Inglis. The referee decided the ball had already gone
matter player. And it is England's head and feed at the scrum. Good
defensive work from England. Reed, Sam Tomkins, Westwood, all with
numbers and the tackle, taking Australia over the sideline and
for his family moved out to Australia. -- before his family
moved down to Australia. A star for Brisbane now. The Australian
defenders are up there in numbers. England found themselves 10 metres
short of the halfway line. He he read that very well. But it comes
again. Bustling effort, by Westwood. Here comes the kick. It is an
awkward one, for Billy Slater. It is a good chase, by England.
England's line is absolutely perfect. Good play, using Tomkins
as the option. And that was a very good kick indeed. England need to
do that consistently throw it the off load. -- on that goes to
Matthew Scott. Darren Lockyer will be looking to find the kicking
position, which they have found. It is not the best of kicks. That was
a very good defensive sect from the England. Restricting the yardage
for Australia and putting pressure on the Australian kickers. That was
the reason why they got the ball in midfield. Cagey opening, five
Peacock, who only knows one way, and that is forward, with endeavour.
It is well read by Darius Boyd, who is back there to defend it. We keep
speaking about the kicking game and I'm sure that Steve McNamara will
be disappointed with the end of that set. England are working very
hard indeed in this opening. And it really isn't it and tuck in this
first by minutes. -- is nip and there. Australia found themselves
again having to kick, just inside England's territory. And there is a
mixed up, and England come away with possession. Rangi Chase Hall
down by Greg Inglis. Good scrambled defence by England, and it had to
be. The chance has for England, turning them from defence into
attack, it has been very, very penalty. Penalty for England up.
Typical of Sam Tomkins. He is a competitor in every situation. He
attempts to regain his feet and play the ball. Here is the chance,
Uate almost opening the England defence up. Wembley finds its role.
England lost their first real attack in a good position. --
green and gold. Still an under pressure. Sinfield, great
ball. Just short. Great defending by Billy Slater. That is world
class. We talk about how exciting he is with the ball in hand, but
that tackle was sensational, one on one. And the fullback becomes a way
with the ball. Absolutely sensational defence from Billy
Slater. England where all but over the line. But Australia and Slater
it the first time. But, look how it beat Australia have you, on this
themselves involved. England are just edging this, if it is an arm
wrestling match at the moment. They at that in the Aussies on the side.
That was terrific from James Roby. Good food work. Peacock, down, and
back it comes. Look at the gap, Rangi Chase looking to exploit it.
Australia hanging on at the moment. It is back to Sinfield. And just a
handful Greg Inglis, otherwise, Sam Tomkins had glory. You see why
Australia are such a great team because they have defensive
commitment is first class. That is a try saving hand. Sam Tomkins
always gets to the ball but Greg Inglis gets to the ball first. He
parried the ball over the dead ball line which will mean a restart.
Greg Inglis has not played for 10 weeks. He has been out injured.
There has got to be some doubt about his match fitness. Yes, but
if he is fit, he is on the field, I'll tell you. Any coach in the
world would tell you that. This is James Roby, now, from dummy half.
It is a very good start by the side and white. -- in white. Good
possession former England. He and it has gone over as the mission
marked Ryan Hall is convinced. there was a flat. The corner flag
comes into play. Great commitment. Has that Camilla -- has that
collision forced Ryan Hall out of the field of play? That is an
impossible try! That is an impossible try as the nation Mark
my word! Outstanding spatial awareness from Ryan Hall! He is
heading towards the corner flag. And for me, he grounds that
legitimately, and that should be four poised. -- 4 points. The
referee has had a look at that, unbelievable as the nation Mark
get that down and England's good start has been turned into a very
good start. Absolutely outstanding start. They built pressure, and the
result of that pressure has been four points. Billy Slater is
leaving the field with a shoulder injury. The result of that
collision. Ryan Hall finished absolutely superbly. What a
magnificent try Bob this is -- try This is. Great commitment from
Slater, no doubt about that. Watch this long pass. The collision is
there, but his skill level to ground the ball back, first class.
International-class. Kevin Sinfield with a conversion attempt. It just
slides wide. But it is 4-0. Ryan Hall, an absolute hero. Lovely ball
movement. Left to right, Chase to Sinfield. That is a master pass
selection. But what a finish! That is all about the finish from Ryan
Hall. And the resulted injury to Billy Slater. Slater will be going.
What news? I am surrounded by smiling faces. If you wanted to
know how to play Australia, that is how you play against Australia.
Five minutes ago, England had an opportunity to kick a goal. They
didn't. They wanted to leave that - - to leave Australia on the back
foot. And they did. A great start but there are still 67.5 minutes to
play. Nobody is getting carried dislocated his shoulder. -- the
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reshuffle. Darius Boyd will Jack Reed. Billy Slater is back
Interesting kicking strategy from field possession because it has
been positioned England so far. England's defence has to organise
itself. Darius Boyd is world class. Slater is the international Player
of the Year, but Darius Boyd is a very good rugby league player.
years and one day since Great Britain last beat Australia. That
spill -- spun it away. Luckier drops on it. Australia keep it,
for Australia. The first bit of pressure from Australia. Rangi
Chase, great scramble but that was a tough drop the ball that put it
back to one. And they have conceded this penalty. A good chance for the
green and gold. A good drive by Watmough. They are getting closer.
They have five tackles to Hama the careful. England's defenders are
over but I don't think they have stopped them from getting the ball
down. The referee is absolutely certain. It is all-square again.
That was the first bit of pressure the Australians had. My word, they
have taken full advantage. Luke Lewis has had to come to left-wing.
They held the shape very well and finished a very competently indeed.
It was the ball movement that was very clinical from the Australian
side. This is the Moray Bar from Darius Boyd. He was rushed by Jack
Reed, put him under pressure, got the ball away and that is a very,
very good finish indeed. Watch the ball from Bory to. There is the
pressure from Reed. Excellent pass. posts. He is the man that went
right at the two to give Australia the lead. It is not a bad record,
swings it in. That is magnificent from Johnathan Thurston and
Australia have the lead, 6-4. Marvellous work, this, wasn't it?
Look at that pass. It had no time. His skill was put under pressure.
But he answered the question with that lovely pass to Luke Lewis. He
finished really well. Tanya, what news?
Garreth Carvell, what do you make of it? Pretty good start. It is
disappointing to concede the try, but so far so good. They are going
out really fast. And we have answered. There are no nerves from
England. We are quite confident, to be honest. The squad, they
complement each other with the players in there, so there is no
real nerves of, sort of... So far, anyway. Just you lot watching?
Wonderful break from Sam Tomkins. That is what he is all about.
is absolutely world-class fullback play from Sam Tomkins. It was a
good chase, but it was his evasive skills and footwork that put
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wrong come as. He should have kept seen a few of those today. And we
saw in the other game, Australia verses Wales. That was a borderline
call, but a correct call. England with a chance to capitalise upon
that error. They are starting this just inside the Australian half, a
great place to build pressure and come in the last couple of minutes.
They need to maintain the intensity and concentration and keep knocking
is out, and keep building pressure. The referee has given a knock-on.
That is against Australia. It looked like an English hand that
knocked it back. There was good play from England. They are putting
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I am very impressed with him, he sit back and let Tomkins show his
It will go over to Australia. are creating some chances. And that
was one. But they are working hard on both edges to put people under
pressure. That was Sam Tomkins. That was a little high, you could
argue. And a penalty may well have He has an air of authority. He is
very composed. His decision-making has been excellent up until now.
And that was fought from Sinfield. And they know that was half a
game in July and now referee, in arguably the biggest game of them
giving the Australians their collision... Look at the line speed,
almost as he is receiving the ball, he is receiving the descent -- the
defender. It is a good position once again to build further
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half. The record pastels top -- quickly. Pony is on the touch line.
good, hard grind from both sides and occasional flashes of
brilliance. Uate on the outside. He was tackled, he put a pass away,
and then the flight him up well stocked bus - at the flag came up.
Just pits the sideline, where he thoughts? No tea my scoring points,
but this is where the game is won or lost. This one period, in the
middle of this half. A little bit of nonsense going on her. It's
relishing the police -- the physical challenge, Adrian Morley.
You comes Graham. For England. Three, four tackles gone, just on
the halfway line. A good carry, with a bit of momentum. Three
England players chasing it. Barriers Lloyd has got his work cut
out. Australia having to start from very deep inside their own half.
just need a full line, at team chase. It is now edging back
towards that the-turkey, the possession, but England have
dominated the territory ---what's Darren Yorke there will be happy
with that because it takes Sam Tomkins out of the occasion. --
equation. That was a high risk play, and it was not executed that well,
and it has given Australia good field position. It was not a kick
to be chased. It never looked as if it was going to find touch. And it
could cost England. It than this his game, Rangi Chase, he does take
gambles. Darren your club, with a push and a shock, and a drive by
the man they call he wrecks. All muscle and power and acceleration.
-- T-Rex. Rangi Chase was trying to play it very clever. To get some
cheap build position, but it is a high-risk play, and it has not
worked out. And that man, he is a big Atwick. He has gone over with a
crucial try. -- a big athlete. England went for that way, it did
not work. After initially stopping the momentum, there was an offload
and a lovely inside pass and it is Chris Heighington there was pushed
off. By the big T-Rex, Tony Williams. And it is see you later
there to Chris high-end and, hand over egos, the big fellow. -- and
themselves into a two scored late. If this goes over, it is still
higher than 4. And he has put it over. Australia lead 12-bore.
England, eight points back and two Williams. That was allowed to
bounce. It was a very funny bounce. It did not hit anybody. Australia
just about recovering their possession and their toys and
keeping possession. -- position and their poise. But two very efficient
drives forward by Australia have resulted in scores. They are
absolutely with was. But they get an opportunity anywhere within the
20 metres on, they take those opportunities. And that is the
difference between the teams. Terrific ball. That is a terrific
ball. You have got to stand back and admire that. It has given a
Australia another good positioned. That was forward, surely. It is
worth the admission fee. Look at that sleight-of-hand. And this is a
pretty good pass, as well. Lovely skill, and great weight of the pass,
and almost a good pass from Burston creating an opportunity. All that
in an intense pressure situation. Tom Robbie has had a terrific game
so far. Not many of their -- quite a few of the England players have.
It has been quite an even contest, remaining, England would like to
get some scores on the board before the hooter sounds. That was a
rocket. You have to make it a contested kick from midfield or
just build possession and that was neither here nor there from Jon
prop of the year. It is interesting that Kevin Sinfield has gone to
hooker and Paul Widdop is at stand- off. That is a good kick by
Prescott. But it clear England. -- a good, clearing run. That will be
a great moment for Tom Briscoe. He'll remember that game at the JJB
Stadium, where he got rather isolated. He is a to season but a
player, because he has got that experience. He is emerging into a
he loves to run. He was not ready for that. Sinfield, applying the
middle channel. Was not expecting the offload. He is not looking at
the Plough. -- play. Rangi Chase is a risk-taker. We have come to
expect that will stock -- expect Interesting that him, Paterson and
Smith are on the field at the moment. There is so much creativity
from this position. Good defence once again by England. It thus then,
lost a little bit of balance, but he is still going. -- Thurston.
England have got will be, Sinfield, Widdop and chase out there, so it
is like for like. Roby, and Chase. They just did not quite get the
timing right. Good work from Kirk Yeaman, taking the space from
Williams, forcing the hour, and putting him under pressure. --
forcing the error. 12-4 Is not a great reflection of the way the
game has gone. Unfortunately, at this level, it is about posting
points on the board, and it is results that matter. England are
looking to make up the yards. Jones-Buchanan will to kick in. Up
lots of experience at this venue for England. Out of the 24, 19 of
that squad have played at Wembley Stadium, so they know all about
this setting. Tomkins with a fantastic ball. Outstanding finish
at! From Ryan Hall it! He had every right to go there, and Ryan Hall
insisted. We have gone to the video referee. That is magnificent work
from Ryan Hall. That is a great try. What a finish. We speak about Greg
Inglis and his athleticism, but that is one for the Brits. The try
go then. No doubt at all about that. He has been absolutely world-class.
He really has. Both tries he has scored was there and it has given
Steve McNamara some real hope. We have Kevin Sinfield out there,
playing Liz for what, and it was that about opened up the gap was
Sam Tomkins. The little drop ball from Single. Lovely pass, and that
created a bit of space. Good centre play, from Jack Reed. But this is a
great finish. World-class! Sublime past, great centre play. And he
straightened up, found some space for Ryan Hall. But, what a finish!
Off you go, barriers boy, I control the ball and I am going to get that
half for this conversion attempt. It has been a very good first half
so far. It remains in the balance. It hits the post! It hits the post.
So he hasn't landed either of his conversions, but England have
landed a couple of real blows on the Australian Sheahan. Half-time,
England aid, Australia 12. It is a contest that is rare much alive. --
that is very much alive. With the last watching in a string vest or
not, you have to admire England's start. They had chances early on,
the grubber kick was nearly met, but when the try pain, wasn't it
spectacular? Ryan Hall, they've never seen a better tries scored,
some people are saying. Australia have come back strongly, Luke Lewis
scoring. Then again diving over for Australia but then Ryan Hall
touching down again on that corner. He loves that corner post. He has
ensured that two tries for England, two for Australia, the difference
being the conversions. Australia lead, 12-aid. -- 12 -8.
He used said you jumped up and said, we have got a game!
Definitely. England came out exactly how the crowd wanted them
to play. They want to play aggressively and positively, and
they have taken the game to Australia. Eight minutes into the
game, England had a penalty and they elected to run the ball. That
was positive. And on the front foot. It became a game of two halves
because Australia what Oh What -- always gonna come back. Actually,
Tony Williams has been a big handful for the England defence.
Did England get carried away with themselves? I think by the looks of
it, Steve McNamara has told them to be very positive about the game.
They need to take the opportunity when they can. You don't get that
many against Australia. I don't mind what they are doing. Maybe it
is going too far, may be kicking the ball out, but, on the whole,
very positive performance. They've got the players there, they've got
the talent, they've got weapons all over the field. Sam Tomkins is the
player to go to. Keep your eye on Sam. And absolutely cracking
The other major headline from the first of his departure of Billy's
later with what is likely to be a dislocated sold -- dislocated
Errors made, lots from both sides. Australia making one more than
England so far. Tackle completion rate is very high. Offload pear,
Jonathan, that was frustrating in parts. The question is, why are
they behind? They created opportunities, and what an
absolutely nightmare mistake by a Chase. But the differences
Australia have had two chances and scored tries. And England have had
about five. It is a test -- it is a chess match. They don't have to
score every time. It is about position, getting the tackles,
completing sets, and then, slowly, taking chances. Whereas some silly
mistakes were made and poor execution. They should be three
tries in front. We will look at detail in a moment at this. But
first, the standard of play. We will see a few mistakes first of
all. That is one of the trances. You have got a fullback. He
stumbles. It is the greatest deal. But the money is on Westfield
scoring. First trams. That is the first opportunity. And then, there
we go. Great play by Inglis. Another one off the bounce. It goes
flatter. Two chances and unfortunately they don't come away
with any thing. Ian, what do you make of it was like the completion
rate from Australia his 63%, way off what they are normally. If you
look at both teams, they are not working together as a unit,
Australia. England, on the right side, they are playing well. Greg
Inglis for the Australians is looking rusty. England for the
majority of it had a better kicking game. They need to get their
composure, Australia, when England have possession. And they will have
to win this game. Key moments. The departure of Billy Slater.
absolutely brilliant finish. The anybody's books, that is world
class finish. Great vision from Sinfield. For all intents, he is
out. I had a really good look at that. The guy is a big hunk of meat.
Upper body strength. Look at those hips, and it is incredible, the
skill to do this. If one goes in, you all go in. But the pass was
fantastic with the vision and the finish. He is a real, real big man.
From that distance, he is tough to stop. Billy Slater, a good defender,
stop. Billy Slater, a good defender, but a good pick one will be to a
small one. That is a skill that has come in through to the game. The
acrobats. The way they can contortion their body, they are
taking the game to another level. Lots of reaction to that on Twitter.
Ryan Hall, take a bow. One of the best finishes you will ever see. We
will go through those tweets later on. An awful lot of people saying
that was the best try. And he did it again before half-time so Steve
McNamara... James Gray he has had - - James Graham, he has problems
with his back and again he looks flat. That is just composure.
looks that but he is excited? Steve McNamara has to say is we are
in this game. I don't know why in this game. I don't know why
we're behind. Again, Tony Williams goes on a short run and Sinfield is
dragged in. Once the pass has been pulled away, that is a fantastic
finish. Tony Williams... If he goes in, he has got to be nailed. Once
the ball goes out, the defence was good, but we have had exceptional
We will talk about that try came back later on. England were showing
patients but also the lack of execution in some key phases of not
execution in some key phases of not getting things right. Look, they
work the left-hand side, they have three on to. They have overrun that
ball. If you hold and hold and hold... Again, why is road be
kicking that? It goes dead, and pressure is off. -- James Roby
kicking that? This is a moment of madness. He wants to kick it and
get a tap further down the field but he doesn't get anywhere near
the touch line. So if he does at, you have got to zip it. And that is
T Rex, flattening Chris Hind in. He originally was going to play for
New Zealand, you know. That play should have been taken in the
Australian 20 metre area. At 18.5 stone, you can be called T Rex, or
whatever, but he is a beast of a man and he was never going to be
stopped. England can play better, stopped. England can play better,
that is what we are saying, and that is what Steve McNamara will be
saying. Let's get to the right again. Those are the messages he
will be reinforcing. You are furious with all the things they
have done wrong. But you are saying that if you are coaching them, you
would focus on the positives, look at the chances. And don't worry
about the offload. You have got to throw something different at
Australia. You have to avoid the brain explosion, kicking for the
ball and not executing because you invite field position, and they are
too good. Going back to what Jiffy said, it is about opportunity. You
have got to get some first and then execute. We have seen to from two
from Australia and two from five from England for. Talking about
attack, but England are setting up from -- for the big play. They need
to be supported. It is a bit like training, build and build an them.
Australia want to play on every ruck. Let's look at some of this
damn lucky a magic. -- lock key a some of this short passing. He
expects to come up with these players. He knows he has got a
support players are now his instincts are, I will provide the
ball. Sometimes when we think about things, we slow the process down,
but they want to play and if you look at Australia, they haven't had
look at Australia, they haven't had a lot of ball in the opposition,
and that is the negative. It was usually, hugely crucial for England
to finish that half on a positive which they did. It is this guy
again. Inglis goes in again. Lovely offload, lovely centre play.
Fullback... It is another great finish. This is Sam Tomkins, goes
in. Offloads. Jack Reed holds and holds. He doesn't hold him enough
because the winner, great finish but the fullback, he goes lower.
The touch line is an extra defender. He goes low, takes him on the lakes,
and that is a scrum for Australia. A great finish, but you cannot go
high on that block because you're not going to get any change from it.
You have got to cut him low. Tomkins, then. Huge excitement
about this guy. He seems to have matured. Nothing fazes him. He is
ready for this stage. We have been asking a world-class player to
stand up for England for a while. Brilliant agility on his feet. He
can move on a sixpence, and he is stronger than people think he is.
He has been picking holes in the defence. There is his strength and
footwork. He is deceptively big. The metres he has made coming out
of his half. I thought that it was what they were going to struggle
for. He believes he can get through and brick those tackles. And a lot
of it is conference. He wants to express himself with the ball. He
wants to generate something with the ball. He is like Slater, he
doesn't want to just take the run. You mentioned earlier, they need to
keep their composure. They need to relax. But because of England's
lack of match play, why not do the plays let's go down the right side
and attack because they are unsure of what they're doing, where they
are coming from. A genuine opportunity for England to beat and
Australia at Wembley. It would be a huge step forward in terms of
international rugby league in this country. A quite exciting match to
come. It was one-sided between New Zealand and Wales earlier with news
and then scoring entrust four when. -- four minutes. New Zealand were
immensely strong. They had five tries in the first half. It was 26-
0 in the first half. Wales held New Zealand in the second half for a
long time. Then they had another try, making it 30-0. It ended 36-0
How tough was that I have there? was very tough. Everybody has got
to realise was that we have got guys who have only been playing
well before five years, and to step on a stage like that, it is a
credit to everyone involved with Ross Roby. -- with Welsh rugby. The
difference between the top sides and the Middle says is at the top
sides build pressure. I could not be more proud. The can see them
building the side, you can see it happening. So or are we, we are
building for the World Cup. I could not be more proud. It is tiring out
there. We were caught another week to go against Australia. And there
is better to come from us, that is for sure. Was it the disappointment
that you could not score a try? Free has there, telling us how
tough it was against Australia -- minutes to settle this one. What
Wales have done in that game against New Zealand, in holding New
Zealand in the second half, they have given a real boost to England.
If England win here today, four points from two games, then their
game against New Zealand, they could afford to lose that game by a
reasonable margin and still qualify for the final. Let's not get
carried away. We have to concentrate on this match, which
England have the wind, to set up prospect. And here is a man who
really has starred in this game. Ryan Hall. He cut a sad figure last
year, limping on the touchline, a man with a hamstring injury, but he
has rocketed into form. Tanya Arnold is on the touch line.
the England coach says that they have to keep up the defensive line
and keep up the good work. Australia need to cut out the
mistakes, but the Williams drive shows what they can do when they
get beyond the 22. Briscoe has been accused of knocking on. It was a
loose cannon. He was targeted by the shoulder of the Australian. But
it was nothing illegal. A an hour early chance for Australia to pile
Australia beginning to wind themselves up. England's defending
remaining resolute for the moment. He Galloway, pushing forward. He
and the referee said there were two English players in there, and a
penalty to Australia. It will be interesting to see this. I was a
plodding the English defensive effort, for forcing the answer. --
I was applauding. At the ball was stolen, so it was the right
here, for Australia. Thurston with the short pass, And Greg Inglis and
1ZN. But it might be there was an obstruction in the build up. I just
think this is so poor play. From right to left. -- superb. We are
looking out towards the centre of the screen. Has the Australian
player interfered with the England player making that Everett,
defensively? This might well be judged out by the letter of the law,
but I think it is very unfortunate. It is behind the defender, but it
is whether there is interference there, the Australian players
running through as a lead runner, passing the ball behind them.
there is contact before the ball is thrown, and it is a letter of the
law situation. By the spirit of the lock, that should not be disallowed.
The referee might have decided that this was a good selection of dummy
runs from Australia. That is what he has given. Greg Inglis guess his
try. Phenomenal. When he played against England. Six tries in four
appearances against the English, or Great Britain. A think the video
referee got that exactly right. You must reward creative play and good
skill, and that is exactly what the video referee's decision has done.
He was the original penalty. Lovely selection there from Thurston. He
passed the ball behind John Reid, and found Greg Inglis and plenty of
space. So that he could just cruise kicking has been superb, today,
three out of three. It was a lovely pass from Thurston to Reed. The
timing and a line of the run from Greg Inglis was superb. That is
what Tim Sheens' ham time -- have time message would have been a, to
get some space, and that is exactly what they have done. Don't forget
the red button for room at half past five. Send us your views by e-
mail and by Twitter. A good discussion of what we have seen,
and getting a bit of reaction from both sides. Here comes Dan Lockyer.
Throwing it wide. Another try would be very damaging to England's holds.
Lockyer. He sends it high and spinning. Ryan Hall has got away
with that. He has more than got away with it, he has made a decent
fist of it in the end. Australia have improved over the half-time
break, with the pressure they are building. Looking much better than
what the Australian coach, Tim Sheens, has seen in the first half.
He has taken one for the team, if you like. Tony Williams! He didn't
miss him. It will be interesting to see what the referee next of that
piece of foul play by Tony Williams. You can see there, he really does
catch him high. Ben Westwood is in a little bit of trouble. Tony
Williams, the perpetrators. It was Will it be a telling off or will
there be a card? Did he just say that it was off the shoulder? Of
that is off the shoulder, you would hate to see a high shot. His
shoulder must start a roundabout his ear. England, having got the
themselves up. Morley driving in. Back to Tomkins, quick hands, and
that is a penalty. Now, this is controversial. The referee has
decided that he was tackled and that he had a second attempt after
the tackle was completed. That is a try. He has not touched the floor.
The momentum of the tackle was not stop. That is or Brewer decision.
Some great build up play. And England can count themselves very
unlucky, and so can Steve McNamara, the England coach. That is two
controversial decisions by the referee, Henry Perenara, first from
the tackle by Tony Williams, and then disallowing that drive. Maybe
showing his inexperience there, the referee. It looked like a double
movement, but it wasn't. And that is what the video technology is
there or. Australia still leading blocks his part. -- path. Cricket
from Cameron's with. They have lost the ball. A great opportunity for
Australia. Uate carried out of play. want to see that. Ben Westwood ran
in as well. I think the penalty will go to Australia. Watmough over
reacted And then there was some more of a reaction from the guys in
white. The referee has got a job one-year, trying to calm things
down after a couple of controversial decisions. -- a job
on here. The touch that judges telling them who swung the first
punch, so the penalty goes England's with. -- way. What a
great kick that is, good yardage, from Kevin Sinfield. The atmosphere
is intensifying at the moment. Morley drives forward. England on
the brink. Looking to drag themselves back into this
competition. Come on, England, it says it. Wembley stadium awaits.
This is Sam Tomkins. Stepping off the left foot, twice, across the
line. Up England now, 10 points back, needing to score next. He
could take by Rangi Chase. Good feet. England looking for the flags.
Inches away! And they are none to be pushed back. The referee says no
advantage. And Steve McNamara is in the away Jack the moment, because
everything is going against England from the referee. Great defence by
Australia. They have used the border with the pass, the advantage
has been taken. Jake Reed let's go. They have taken advantage. That
should be a drop out from underneath the posts. Very harshly
dealt with once again there, England. It went past the line
so even if England lose, they still have the chance of making the final
and they have really said things up here because they will compete and,
boy, will they compete for the next masters of turning a high pressure
situations into their favour, playing it cool, playing by numbers.
Driving of their opponents back. They sense a real feeling of
injustice in this English side, and they will want to wind that up a
bit. They will provide a sucker punch. Cameron Smith, a dummy half.
are in. Australia embrace. Of the finger has been pointed, and it is
very much advantage of the green and gold. Exquisite. A real sense
of injustice for those in white and red. That was an exquisite piece of
skill from Cronk. He sold the dummy to me and I am high up in the
stands, looking down on it. What a peach of a pass that was. You see
that? Watch it. My word, everybody thought the ball was going behind
to lot year. It didn't. -- Gareth Lockyer. He crosses for a great try.
This has raised and his team are very good at that. When everybody
is losing their heads, they tend to keep theirs and do the little
things right. And the big things a England. 24 for Australia. That is
a harsh scoreline. Look out his ideas. He looked behind Gallen, he
looked at Gareth lock here, and that little deception it allowed
the half a gap to open and gallant timed his run superbly and went
through to score a very good try indeed. England are being urged on
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tries from Ryan Hall. His finishes Straight forward. You know what you
match against New Zealand. That is going to be a cracker but we still
have 24 minutes of this game. It is a fair deficit, but England have
played it very well. They need the next score and belief will grow.
The Challenge Cup final against Wigan, when they thought they were
going to bring it back from the brink, maybe that self-belief is
You can see highlights of this game for the discussion. The reaction to
what we have seen. We will be pitch that have had a really good
game. We talked about the scratchy performance against France and the
OK performance against Wales, but they have stepped up today. They
Briscoe, he put the kick in. Australia start within sight of
their own line. Thurston, he was on the defensive line and he swept
around the back four that kick. There was a little question about
that treatment of Sam Tomkins which was less than friendly. Three
menu where they are looking after the ball, putting a good kick in
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nothing! -- and Reed will score. From the depths of despair, sheer
jury. And England are back in the context -- in the contest. Good on
you, feller. That was a great take from him. It wasn't the best kick.
It is about the chase. They have turned it into a great kick simply
by that. He has ignited the game once again. The kick, it isn't the
best. But it was really well read. There was so much space. It is a
contest, fullback verses centre. Reed climbs high a. He looks to
pass at but then, no. And he's cause. What a great try. It is
still only four tries to three. Kicking has been so important.
Sinfield needs to nail this. And here it goes. The flags are up. 14-
24. 20. -- 10 points in it. 19 minutes to play. It is on. I would
love to see a genuine contest. The English lad came out on top. And in
different kick was turned into his six-point turnaround. It gives
England hope for the last 18 minutes. Saturday afternoon in
November and rugby league on the grow. Sinfield puts the kick away.
It will be traced by Boyd. -- they have to spin the ball around.
They've got to play loose. They have got more than two tries to
make up and they will want to play players behind the line. A missed
opportunity. That is a shame. There was a bit of momentum there to Sam
Tomkins. He wanted to speed the game up but the referee was exactly
England given hope. Are they should be a lot closer than this. A
mistake by the referee, otherwise it would have been a lot closer.
buying some time for his defensive line. It is a great field position
for England. You know, another score and there will be doubt in
the minds of the green and gold. Let's see what they have got in the
offside. The agony on the face of Steve McNamara. It was the lack of
concentration. It has crept up. Errors made, England 9, Australia 6.
That is why are as rare have gained a little bit of ascendancy. You
have got to admit the resolve in the English players, they have put
in a good game. There is still time. This English side have got a lot of
and territory in the second half and that has allowed in to score
the boys. -- points. Jamie Peacock thought he should have been allowed
to play on, then. He should. The referee was quick to blows whistle.
Jamie Peacock was off. The third man in the tackle, targeting the
ball, forcing the hour. There are not many times in his career that
Jamie Peacock has scored a try from 30 yards plus, and he had the
chance there, had it not been for 61 years of age. One of the most
Sinfield has been outstanding. Rangi Chase, with a couple of
dummies. The Australians get to him in numbers. Sinfield, not the time,
they have Wing to have to run it, and it is taken by Greg Inglis.
That was a rush of blood. They would have been better putting the
ball through hands. It was a poor kick, the wrong decision, but that
is what pressure like this does, it forces you to make difficult
decisions in the blink of an eye. massive effort from Kevin Sinfield.
He is playing his 40th game of the year. He has been involved in every
round of the Super League and was a difficult bounce. They have
gone back to the kick and chase. That is the way they regain
composure and control within the game. But this England side have
given them a good shake up. Tanya Arnold is on the touchline.
options are narrowing for Steve McNamara. Gareth Ellis is
struggling with a back injury and has not been on the field for some
The referee called that the ball had been held because he was not
tackled. He is giving the scrum. The shouldn't it be to the
attacking team? If the referee makes a mistake. That is a puzzler.
been a free to England. The referee has found it tough as the heat of
this Test match has picked up. will certainly want to talk about
England's performance today, it has been good, but the Australians with
that ten-point advantage. You can talk about that on the red button
forum and through Twitter. 10 minutes left to play. Uate! Knocked
on. Sigh of relief from the England supporters. It was there. And it
was Greg Inglis, the ball came off him and a forward direction, so it
was a knock-on. That allows England to regroup. But it is a long way to
the Australian goal line. The they are ticking along time. The clock
has been stocked and now it starts of Tom Briscoe. He he works very
hard. All of the England back three have what really are up to bring
the ball back into play, quickly. And there was an extra grand of the
leg, into fears at the ruck, and, rightly, the penalty is given. --
holds onto. After their causing problems again here, either. He and
Thurston is away. Terrific defending by Tomkins! Australia are
Foden numbers. -- forward in numbers. Now, Dan Lockyer, and
barriers board is over. He touches down. -- barriers buoyed -- Darius
Boyd. Australia harbour tried outbreaks English hearts. -- up
this is why Australia are such a great team. They show such
composure and control. And ultimately ended up with a try, for
pariahs boy. -- Darius Boyd. Rangi Chase, again, taking the rest. And
intelligent tracking by Jack Reed, to defuse that situation, but this
is the control and composure and skill and execution under intense
pressure. Three lovely passes, to Boyd. Then it goes out to Darren
Lockyer. By packing off, Kirk Yeaman gave them the space, and
that was the try. 28-14 With a kick to come. Thurston Has not missed
the kick so far. Looking for success No. 5. Just inside the far
post. Five out of five. 14 per England, 34 Australia. Looked at
that scoreline, and you shake your head, and you see, it has not been
that one-sided. You can admire some lovely skill, left to right passing.
It is the composure and control, just camped up there, after that
you intercept, but England can take great heart from this, but they
have to admire the goal kicking from Johnathan Thurston. Five out
of five. Absolutely first-class kicking in the intense situation of
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the sidelines at the moment. Maybe whose continue performance in this
game has been cut short, because of injury. We have lost some pretty
influential figures in the pack. They are not going to win this game
now, Anthony to focus on building to New Zealand next week, obviously,
away. It is a winner-takes-all game. Australia, as a result of this,
almost certainly in the final. And England are over his omission Mark
magic from Sam Tomkins. --!. We had been waxing lyrical, and that was
better, because that ended up with a try it. Some great sharp passing.
Tomkins attracts three players, and then it is a right hand offload
with three players around him, and Chris Heighington is over. Well
done to Kevin Sinfield and Sam Tomkins were creating the
opportunity for Chris Heighington to score. Although England are
defeated, coach Steve McNamara will be very happy with what he has seen
on the field today. There is then points of a difference. Not enough
time left, really, for England. But it is all about finishing with a
little momentum. Chris Heighington, the try scorer. And they may meet
again. He lovely in to clear. -- Lovely interplay. Super,
international quality drive. -- try, West with throws it wide. Never had
the pace to test them, so to the safer option of going inside. They
are taking gambles and it has not come off. They will take a lot of
self-belief from his performance. Should we meet again in the final,
injustice inside this English side over the next week, maybe the next
fortnight. Now, is thus a double movement? He has got the video
referee this time. He is quite right about that. Chris Lawrence,
this is his momentum. It pains me to say it. His arm and it's the
floor, but the momentum of the tackle is continuing, and he has
every right to police the ball whenever he sees that, and that is
over the line. He cannot stop himself. And I think he will give
that us a try. Again, it is a superb left-to-right passing. Up he
has scored one try and created two, should this try be given. It is
cruel on England because they were taking risks. And that resulted in
that try. No arguments from the England crowd. That was a decent
decision by the video referee. Nothing wrong with that. There-4-20.
-- 34-20. This is a superb, accurate and weighted pass, which
allowed him to hit the gap, and his momentum to come over for a very
good tries. The conversion to the Try being lined up by Johnathan
Thurston, to make it six out of six, and they have all been difficult
Johnathan Thurston might move to six. Next season, he looks he is
going to be playing at stand-off. We will have to wait and see
It is a heck of a difference in scoreline. Johnathan Thurston,
quite rightly named Man of the Match. A superb game from him. They
have got the heir-apparent to Gareth luckier -- Darren Lockyer's
crown. Lawrence has pushed out of play. The referee says that is the
end of the game. It is a crawl scoreline as far as England are
concerned. Australia winning 36-20. That disguises how well England
have played today. It said sudden exit's match against his Zealand as
an apps at Blockbuster and the winners of that will join Australia
in the Four Nations final and England will feel that they have a
little bit of injustice to put right. We shall see. Full-time at
A lot of reaction from you watching at home. Matt says, a cracking game,
and so much to analyse. The decisions by the referee making a
crucial impact on the direction of this match after point won it would
have been told-18, had the referee gone to a video referee. He decided
not to. That made an awful lot of difference but Australia were
deserved winners. They win 36-20. The players embrace each other and
swap shirts. Lots of discussion there for Sinfield and the rest.
Tanya, she will get as many players as she can. Tim, the scoreline. Was
it easier than it was? Yes. The scoreline doesn't reflect the game
because England kept us honest. We struggled for lots of periods. I
was happy the way the guys pull together, having to play slate on
the wing. How is he? That will be the end of him for that tour
because he has fractured his shoulder. You must have been
pleased with how clinical they were in terms of scoring. We were under
the pump for a fair bit and gave away a lot of penalties. We allowed
England to get down on our line. We scored some good points as well,
nevertheless. You have had a few comments about the referees before,
what about this one? After looking at the game, I will comment. There
were a number of issues and I am sure both coaches wouldn't be 100%
happy with them. It was a fairly strong game, by the same token.
What do you make of this England team? They can get a lot of belief
from that. They have got a big game against New Zealand next week.
Obviously, you think the winner of that is going to come through and
we have got to take on Wales. We have got to get through that yet.
It will be a tough game. The England match will be the big match
next week. Have you enjoyed the Wembley experience? Yes, because we
have won. That aside, I hope people enjoyed a good game. Thank you for
your time. Now, man of the match, Johnathan Thurston. He is getting
congratulated. Getting his Gillette trophy. Congratulations. That looks
like a tough game. It was. I said during the week that they stuck it
-- they would stick it to us. And they did. They exposed us on the
left edge quite a bit. And we need to be better. How difficult in
terms of rearranging the team is that now with Billy Slater gone?
is the best player in the world, he does so much for us. We will have
to reshuffle a few boys around. We will have to continue to play.
must be delighted with your kicking today. I have been a bit rusty but
it was good to get a few over. about playing at Wembley? Look, I
really enjoyed it. The crowd were outstanding. So much atmosphere. My
first time here, hopefully not the last. Who do you think you might be
facing in the final? It is too hard to say now but when you play in
England, you would like to play them in the final. It would be
great if they get there, but we will wait and see. How much belief
do you think they will get from this? Heaps. They really started to
was. They exposed us on both edges so they will take a lot out of it.
Thank you and congratulations. Thank you. Now, Jamie Peacock, the
England captain. That wasn't very fair, was it? That scoreline, no.
We got injured, a couple of things and go our way. We need the small
things to for our way and they didn't. You must be a huge belief
from that, though. PS, we have got to beat New Zealand next week if we
want to get through to the final, so we have got to get on with it.
Thank you very much. Quickly, Ryan Hall. You might be on the wrong
side of that, but he's got two cracking tries. I get the glory
position. I did it in spectacular fashion, but we're disappointed
that we lost. We need to get these Australian players sooner or later
and it would be great at Elland Road two weeks -- in two weeks.
We've got to get our heads down. Marshall said it was their great
Grand Final, it is for you to. No disrespect for Wales, but
Australia are on good form and we expect them to get the win.
Commiserations, Ryan, but a great performance.
Ryan Hall already looking forward to the match next weekend against
New Zealand, which, if England win, they will be in the final of this
Four Nations tournament against Australia and we will have
highlights of that match on BBC Two next Sunday, 13th November, 4pm.
This is how of the table stands. Australia are through to the final
and chances are they will beat Wales. England... England and New
Zealand on two points each and they need each other next weekend. So
many things to get through and we will have a lot to discuss on the
Red Button for him as soon as we come off the air. We will try to
get more play interviews as well. Now, the crucial moments of the
second half. First of all, the try for Greg Inglis. Was this
obstruction? Was that a penalty? is a penalty. He has got his hands
on the ball. Again, this is the try. Is it obstruction or not? I think
we'd mac pops out anyway. If he stays where he is, that's fine. He
made a couple of errors. But I think that is the right call.
enough. So don't feel hard done bye-bye that. If you think it is a
50-50 call, in the context of the game, don't give it. What are you
trying to say? I have no idea what he is trying to say! There were a
few decisions one after another that went against England. There
was a high tackle on Ben Westwood from Tony Williams. And this was
judged to be the shoulder, so when did the elbow become the shoulder?
I was playing devil's advocate. There was an Englishman going crazy.
As an Australian I felt it came off his shoulder. If you look from a
defensive point of view, both teams had some problems on the edges and
both wingers were outstanding, but how he doesn't score first half,
but why he doesn't go to the video... This is judged to be a
double move. Why doesn't he go to the video referee? That is why we
have a video referee. I can't believe they didn't score in the
first instance because he was so strong, but you have got to go to
the video referee. Red card and then a try. To explain, the ball
carrying arm hadn't touched the ground so he was able to carry on
playing for stop so it is not about the ball touching the ground? And
no. If his elbow had touched it. don't think the defender had
control over him anyway. You have got to stop the progress and commit
the player to play the ball, so he didn't have it. If Tony Williams
had been sent off, for his high tackle, Briscoe given the try, the
whole match... That is the thing! Referee calls play a major part in
the game. Red card first of all for Tony Williams, and then the try for
Briscoe. Just watch this. I thought Ian was right. He does deflect off
the shoulder, but I had a look at that a couple of times and that is
a red card. The report system is very good. But what you do is if
you put on report, if he doesn't play against Wales, it doesn't
matter, does it? Because England have missed out. You'd two were
missing out on biology. If that is the shoulder, there is something
wrong with my anatomy! It is a red card and a Briscoe try. Poor
England. They have got to feel... On the positive side, Steve
McNamara will focus on the positives. They did play a fabulous
match and this is not the final. These things were not in their
control. They will be talking about things in their control. At times
they missed a couple of tackles and they will be talking about those
decisions which could have changed the game, but they have got a whole
lot more improvement in what they can do next week. He has got the --
the attitude and he has got to put Humpty dumb t Together again. They
have lit the tournament alive! need to look at how clinical
Australia are at closing down opportunities. England had
opportunities and they did not convert them. Whereas Australia did.
And Paul Gallen putting the score beyond reach. This was to make it
24 -8. Westwood was tired, involved and the penalty, he was late
getting back into the line and he missed the tackle. He was tired
because you were struggling to get back in the line because after the
penalty they went down 50 metres, Paul Gallen hit a short ball. 20
minutes earlier, you would have made that tackle. And moments their
confidence and hope for the future. Jack Reed scoring for the third
match in a row. Intern -- in terms of time left here we have a fairly
limited amount. Press the Red Button as soon as we come off their.
We will pick up all of your comments. Next week, highlights of
England versus New Zealand. That is the crucial match, the winner of
that will go into the final to me to Australia. Tonight, on BBC One
at 10:30pm, there will be Match Of The Day. QPR against Manchester
City and Manchester United against Sunderland. Sum up this match for
us, Brian Noble. A great game. Excitement, drama, referee's's
Clare Balding presents coverage as England face the might of Australia at Wembley in the second round of matches in the 2011 Four Nations.
The Kangaroos beat England 34-14 in Melbourne in last year's tournament and will be favourites to win again. This is the third year that the Four Nations has been contested since the format was changed from the Tri-Nations in 2009. That year, Australia beat England 46-16 in a horribly one-sided final.
England coach Steve McNamara has this time picked a squad that leans heavily on seven players from Leeds's triumphant Grand Final winning side and which will be skippered by Rhinos forward Jamie Peacock.