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Sam Burke
22-11-03, 10:41
England have won the Rugby World Cup after an exhilarating extra-time victory over defending champions Australia in the Sydney rain.

Millions watched around the world as Martin Johnson became the first player to captain a northern hemisphere side to glory in a tense encounter at a colourful Telstra Stadium.

Fly-half Jonny Wilkinson's last-gasp drop goal proved the only difference between the sides after 100 minutes of rugby.

Australia battled hard and were never out of the game, but ultimately fell just short, despite opening the scoring through centre Lote Tuqiri.

The match represented the culmination of four impressive years of improvement from an England team that flattered to deceive against South Africa four years ago.

Then, Johnson and his cohorts were kicked out of the World Cup and rightly criticised for lacking a 'killer spirit'.

There were no such weaknesses on display on Saturday as England wrestled the cup away from an Aussie side who fought tooth and nail to become the first team to retain the trophy.

The Wallabies started strongly when Tuqiri out-jumped Robinson to a huge Larkham bomb with just minutes on the clock.

The score was no more than Australia deserved but three Wilkinson penalties soon silenced the 50,000 strong home support.

Despite the rain continuing to fall, both sides chose to keep the ball in hand and as the game progressed, so the mighty England pack began to dominate.

With just 10 minutes of the fist half left, Ben Kay knocked on with the line beckoning to the frustration of the visiting fans.

Minutes later, England finally silenced their critics when Jason Robinson scuttled over wide on the left after a powerful midfield burst from Lawrence Dallaglio.

The men in white started the second half as they had finished the first.

Johnson led from the front with a towering performance and Dallaglio and flanker Richard Hill both caused numerous problems down the middle of the pitch.

But just as England looked likely to pull away, so two sloppy penalties allowed Elton Flatley to bring his side back within touching distance.

England looked the more confident side with the ball in hand - but only just.

Will Greenwood knocked on inside the Aussie 22 and Wilkinson then missed a drop goal as the match entered a tense closing quarter.

Runs from the powerful Stirling Mortlock and George Smith pushed England back into their own half.

And as referee Andre Watson prepared to blow for full time, Flatley slotted his third kick of the half to push the match into extra time.

Both sides looked understandably exhausted, and when Wilkinson and Flatley again swapped penalties the match looked as if it was heading into sudden death.

But England were not to be denied and Wilkinson's last gasp drop goal sealed a deserved victory and the most memorable result in English rugby history.

PSone
22-11-03, 10:45
Go england :D
Didn't watch the game, but I am VERY glad that England won :D

julialee
22-11-03, 10:51
I allways knew England were a better team :D http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif :D
Pity England football team couldn't raise there standards :(
Mutch more a Rugby fan myself :D
As I say to my partner " Real men play Rugby, little weeds play Football http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif "

dmc444
22-11-03, 11:11
I watched the game and the best team won. Well done England. :D

Steven B
22-11-03, 11:27
YAY!!!!!!!!!! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif
ENGLAND WON!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D

Steven B
22-11-03, 11:33
It was a great match! :D :D
England deserved to win! :D But well done Australia! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

GO ENGLAND! :D :D :D

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BunnyGirl
22-11-03, 12:49
England are World Champions! Jonny Wilkinson's golden boot kicks England to a 20-17 victory.
http://static.sky.com/images/pictures/1179253.jpg

*Breaks out into song* Swing low, sweet chariot...

So much for being the boring Dad's Army, huh?

John Falstaff
22-11-03, 16:37
"Can you here the Aussie's sing ..... ?

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Titanium
22-11-03, 17:25
ENGLAND!!!!!! :D

neil4768
22-11-03, 18:07
Yep manage to avoid the score all day and have just finished watching it

Originally posted by andromeda_eats:
Any dedicated English fans? Anyone following the Cup at all?
Watch out.....Wallabies are going to slaughter you! Mwhoooohahahaha! :D Originally posted by andromeda_eats:
Kaminari, (nice to meet you) Neil, I'm afraid to tell you that no amount of support will beat the Wallabies. It is best for you to just submit to the greater team and follow them whole-heartedly. C'mon, you know you want to.

And John: :confused: :D Yeah John Andromea is noticeable by her abscence http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

John Falstaff
22-11-03, 18:14
Silent aussies are better than whinging ones - I suppose?

Harold Larwood, now there's a name to conjure with!

:D

neil4768
22-11-03, 18:20
Thats true do you think she will respond to this or not?

Harold best remembered for the bodyline series 1932/33 against the aussies.

PSone
22-11-03, 19:37
On the front of today's paper: JOHNNY ROTTEN :mad:
FFS the aussies are sore losers :rolleyes:

John Falstaff
22-11-03, 19:40
PS One,

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Yes Aussies are dreadful losers in sport. But that's why they win so often!

;)

andromeda_eats
23-11-03, 06:07
I do NOT want to talk about it. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yuck.gif I'm so disgusted.