16 Nov 2008

Australia win, South Africa struggle in rugby internationals

11:56 am on 16 November 2008

Australia have given error-strewn England a lesson in rugby basics with Matt Giteau kicked 20 points to help them to a 28-14 victory at Twickenham.

The flyhalf landed six penalties and converted Adam Ashley-Cooper's late try while captain Stirling Mortlock weighed in with a 50-metre penalty.

That shot came after England had been shoved backwards in a scrum - the area they were expected to dominate but which was littered with re-sets, free kicks and penalties and eventually went the Wallabies' way.

England had plenty of ball but were too often static and crossed the line only once when number eight Nick Easter finished off a forward shove late in the first half.

In other games South Africa came from 10 points down at halftime to edge out Scotland 14-10 at Murrayfield.

In France the home side scored five tries to one to beat the Pacific Islanders 42-17, with the Islanders playing 60 minutes with just 14 men after Fijian Napoleoni Nalaga was red carded for a high tackle.

In Turin Argentina beat Italy 22-14.