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Qantas Wallabies capture Cook Cup in 20-14 victory over England

  
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11/18/2012
By ARU Media Unit


The Qantas Wallabies have registered a hard fought, come from behind victory against England at Twickenham, running out six-point winners, 14-20. 

The Qantas Wallabies entered half time down by just three points and kept the home side scoreless in the second half to reclaim the Cook Cup and register a well-deserved win in front of more than 81,000 passionate English supporters. 
 
While both sides registered a try a-piece it was three unanswered penalty goals to Qantas Wallabies fullback, Berrick Barnes, that proved the difference between the two sides. 
 
Four minutes into the second half and it was the boot of Barnes that drew Australia level with the English after he secured his second penalty goal of the game. 
 
Six minutes later and the visitors took the lead again thanks to the boot of Barnes, who put the Qantas Wallabies further ahead with his fourth penalty goal of the Test just three minutes later.
 
The Qantas Wallabies had the chance to push their lead beyond seven-points in the 66th minute, however Barnes saw his penalty goal attempt fall tantalisingly short of the crossbar to leave England with an opportunity to steal the match. 
 
For the remaining 20-minutes the English pushed hard at the Australian line turning down a number penalty goal opportunities instead opting to kick for touch in an attempt to secure seven points. 
 
The Qantas Wallabies held firm though and kept the English out as wave after wave of England players threw themselves at the try line.
 
Despite a number promising attacks the English failed to penetrate the Australian defence, allowing the Qantas Wallabies to hold on to record a well-deserved victory at Twickenham. 
 
Earlier in the night England registered first points when in the third minute fly half, Toby Flood, successfully converted his first of three penalty goal attempts for the half.
 
The visitors hit back 10 minutes later after Berrick Barnes took a drop goal opportunity following a number of unsuccessful thrusts at the English line. 
 
Flood put England back in front in the 24th minute thanks to another penalty goal before Barnes levelled the scores at six-all in the 30th minute when he kicked Australia’s first penalty goal. 
 
Four minutes later England took the lead again, thanks to the boot of Flood and their third penalty goal. 
 
Despite the score-line it was the Qantas Wallabies who were making all the running and in the 35th minute Qantas Wallabies winger, Nick Cummins, crossed for his maiden Test try and his sides first of the evening. 
 
The try came following a box kick from England was taken by Australia 10-meters inside their own half and the decision taken to run it back at the home side. 
 
A number of good passes and a sniping run by scrumhalf, Nick Phipps, saw Cummins released down the far wing to cross for a try to give the Qantas Wallabies the lead. 
 
The Qantas Wallabies joy and lead was short lived after England regained the ball from the resulting kick-off and after a number of phases, and the decision to take a quick tap from a penalty, crossed for a five-pointer of their own just four minutes later.
 
As well as re-claiming the Cook Cup for the first time in over three years the win also provides the Qantas Wallabies with the first psychological victory ahead of the highly anticipated 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia. 
 
 
Minute by Minute:
 
First Half – Kick-off England.
 
2nd: Penalty England, offside, kick at goal
3rd: Penalty Goal attempt by Toby Flood successful, England 3 – Australia 0
4th: Knock on by Australia, scrum England
4th: Free kick to Australia, early engagement
8th: Knock on by Australia, scrum England
9th: Penalty England, coming up in the scrum
10th: Interference by the referee, scrum England
11th: Knock on by England, scrum Australia
13th: Drop goal attempt by Berrick Barnes successful, England 3 – Australia 3
16th: Penalty Australia, interference by England, kick to touch 
17th: Knock on by Australia, scrum England
18th: Knock on by Australia, play on
19th: Free kick to England, not throwing into the lineout
20th: Penalty Australia, sealing off, kick to touch
21st: Scrum to England, lineout throw not straight
23rd: Free kick to England, not binding properly
23rd: Penalty England, not rolling away, kick at goal
24th: Penalty goal attempt by Toby Flood successful, England 6 – Australia 3
26th: Knock on by England, play on
27th: Penalty Australia, playing the ball on the ground 
29th: TMO Decision pending on Try to Australia
29th: TMO Decision, scrum Australia
30th: Penalty Australia, collapsing the scrum, kick at goal
30th: Penalty goal attempt by Berrick Barnes successful, England 6 – Australia 6
31st: Knock on by Australia, scrum England
33rd: Penalty England, playing the ball on the ground, kick at goal
34th: Penalty goal attempt by Toby Flood successful, England 9 – Australia 6
35th: Try Australia, Nick Cummins, England 9 – Australia 11
37th: Conversion attempt by Berrick Barnes unsuccessful, England 9 – Australia 11
38th: Knock on by England, play on
39th: TMO Decision pending on Try to England
39th: TMO Decision, Try England Manu Tuilagi, England 14 – Australia 11
40th: Conversion attempt by Toby Flood unsuccessful, England 14 – Australia 11
 
Half Time: England 14 – Australia 11
 
Second half
 
41st: Substitution by Australia, Tatafu Polota-Nau replaced by Stephen Moore
43rd: Penalty Australia, not rolling away, kick at goal
44th: Penalty goal attempt by Berrick Barnes successful, England 14 – Australia 14
45th: Knock on by Australia, scrum England
46th: Knock on by England, scrum Australia
47th: Penalty Australia, collapsing the scrum, kick to touch
49th: Penalty Australia, playing the ball on the ground, kick at goal
50th: Penalty goal attempt by Berrick Barnes successful, England 14 – Australia 17
52nd: Penalty Australia, leaving feet, kick at goal
53rd: Penalty goal attempt by Berrick Barnes successful, England 14 – Australia 20
56th: Replacement by Australia, Dave Dennis replaced by Liam Gill
58th: Penalty England, collapsing the maul, kick to touch
59th: Penalty England, offside, kick to touch
59th: TMO Decision pending on Try to England
59th: TMO Decision, knock on by England, scrum Australia
60th: Penalty Australia, not releasing the ball, kick to touch
61st: Substitution by Australia, Benn Robinson replaced by James Slipper
61st: Replacement by Australia, Liam Gill replaced by Dave Dennis
62nd: Forward pass by England, scrum Australia
63rd: Penalty England, twisting the scrum, kick to touch
64th: Knock on by England, play on
64th: Knock on by England, scrum Australia
65th: Penalty Australia, collapsing the scrum, kick at goal
66th: TMO Decision pending on penalty goal attempt
66th: TMO Decision penalty goal attempt by Berrick Barnes unsuccessful, England 14 – Australia 20
69th: Penalty England, playing the ball on the ground, quick tap
69th: Penalty Australia, sealing off, kick to touch
70th: Substitution by Australia, Digby Ioane replaced by Drew Mitchell
71st: Knock on by England, scrum Australia
71st: Substitution by Australia, Ben Alexander replaced by Sekope Kepu
72nd: Penalty England, sealing off, kick to touch
74th: Knock on by England, scrum Australia
74th: Penalty Australia, not releasing in the tackle, kick to touch
76th: Penalty England, obstruction, kick to touch
77th: Scrum Australia, detaching and reattaching 
77th: Substitution by Australia, Dave Dennis replaced by Liam Gill 
77th: Knock on by England, play on
78th: Knock on by England, scrum Australia
80th: Penalty Australia, not rolling away, kick to touch
 
 
 
Full Time: England 14 – Australia 20