8 Nov 2009

Wallabies beat England

1:20 pm on 8 November 2009

The Wallabies have beaten England 18-9 in their rugby international at Twickenham.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the clean sweep achieved by Nick Farr-Jones's team, arguably the greatest Wallaby side ever, Australia are making their first attempt at a grand slam since 1984.

The plan looked in danger of falling at the first hurdle on Saturday as England, buoyed by the return of Jonny Wilkinson, were on top from the start and deservedly led 9-5 at halftime.

However, Australia turned things round completely after the break. Young scrumhalf Will Genia delivered a man of the match performance, Matt Giteau kicked them into the lead before Adam Ashley-Cooper sealed the turnaround with a late try.

Having lost six of their last seven tests it was an impressive display by the Wallabies, who now face Six Nations champions Ireland before games against Scotland and Wales.