Deans praises Aussie heavies

Australia coach Robbie Deans was utterly satisfied with the performance of his forwards against a much vaunted England pack.

The English media kept drumming up their team’s demolition of Australia in the 2007 World Cup quarter-final, but Australia fronted well in the forwards, which laid the foundation for the 28-14 victory.

“I’m delighted for the boys. They put in and got their reward, not only in the set-piece but around the ground,” Deans said. “We had confidence in our scrum, it’s been good for us all year. They (England) asked the question and our guys passed the test.”

England coach Martin Johnson lamented his side’s ill-discipline and pointed to this as a major contributor to the defeat.

“Australia scored 28 points and we didn’t make them work hard enough for 28 points,” Johnson said. “We gave them seven kickable penalties and they got six.”

“Australia scored 28 points and we didn’t make them work hard enough for 28 points,” Johnson said. “We gave them seven kickable penalties and they got six.

“There were opportunities for us to create try-scoring chances. We didn’t see them or didn’t exploit them.”