England vs Australia by Sebmc
After his 28-25 defeat in the last game against Wales, England can't loose tonight against Australia. Indeed, a defeat tonight would eliminate the host country of the competition. This would be a real disaster for the XV de la Rose who was among the favorites of the competition. This would be the first time in the history of the World Cup that the host nation would not qualify for the quarter-final of the Rugby World Cup !!
Against the Welsh, the English have made 70 minutes good first before conceding a try at the 71st. Previously, the British had dominated the game and had virtually never been endangered by the XV of Leek.
Despite the loss facing the XV Leek, Stuart Lancaster doesn't change its team a lot. Indeed, only two changes have been made in the pack of forwards Ben Morgan (replacing injured Vunipola) and Launchbury (instead of C. Lawes) and one at backs with the comeback of Jonathan Joseph. Ben Youngs will start the game. The newcomer Nick Easter takes place on the bench and will bring his experience at the end of the game.
15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Joe Launchbury 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, Joe Marler 1
Replacements: 16 Rob Webber, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 George Kruis, 20 Nick Easter, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 George Ford, 23 Sam Burgess
Australia ranks second in the group with 9 points. Nevertheless, the Wallabies were far from convincing since the start of the competition. Against Uruguay, they were dominated territorially, have made many mistakes but still managed to win 65-3. In the first game against Fiji, they struggled in line-out and scrum and conceded a lot of turnovers. In the second half, they have suffered a lot and have failed to take the bonus point. This could be costly for qualification.
This week, the Wallabies have lost their No. 8 Palu and their powerful lock Will Skelton.
If Australians have an impressive back line with Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Matt Giteau particular upfront, they are considerably less impressive. The first row may suffer in scrum against the power of the English. In addition, the Australian bench, struggling against Fiji and should suffer facing its English counterpart.
The two teams battled last year at Twickenham. The Australianswere totally dominated in scrum and lost 26-17. A year earlier, the two teams had met and also the XV of the Rose had emerged victorious in the 20-13 score.
15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (c), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16-Tatafu Polota Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Dean Mumm, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Kurtley Beale
The English have to win tonigjt. The victory is imperative tonight. The Australians, recently winner of the Rugby Championship, should cause problems in the XV de la Rose. However, they may suffer in conquest. I see the English won by at least 5 points.
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