Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
watch listen BBC Sport BBC Sport
Low graphics|Help
---------------
CHOOSE A SPORT
RELATED BBC SITES
Last Updated: Saturday, 6 October 2007, 16:12 GMT 17:12 UK



England players celebrate their memorable win over Australia
Nick Easter (centre) leads England's celebrations
England coach Brian Ashton said his players deserved to enjoy their World Cup quarter-final win over Australia.

The players were slated after their 36-0 loss to South Africa but that was a distant memory as they pulled off a thrilling 12-10 win in Marseille.

"We put a tremendous amount of work in since the South Africa game and have reaped the reward," said Ashton.

"In the first 30 minutes we played some of the best rugby anyone's played against Australia in recent years."

Captain Phil Vickery admitted it was not a game for rugby purists but was thrilled with the result.

"It was probably not the purest game of rugby, but it was fantastic to be part of," he said.

I think every man and his dog had written us off. But I said there was a good performance in there - and today we showed that

Jason Robinson

"I don't know (how we did it) - a bit of belief, just doggedness and determination.

"We've had a tough tournament. It's been difficult, and we've been put under huge amounts of pressure. Today was fantastic for all the boys and English supporters."

Jason Robinson, who is retiring after the tournament, said their team spirit had helped them win a game in which the majority of pundits gave them little chance.

"I think every man and his dog had written us off. But I said there was a good performance in there - and today we showed that," he said.

"We just dug deep and believed in ourselves. Maybe only 30 people in the world (the squad) believed we would do it, but we stuck together and came out with a great win."

When number eight Nick Easter was asked if the team had surprised anyone with the win, he said: "Outside our changing room, but not inside it. We knew we could win."



SEE ALSO
England 12-10 Australia
06 Oct 07 |  Rugby Union
England v Australia as it happened
06 Oct 07 |  Rugby Union
England v Australia ratings
06 Oct 07 |  Rugby Union
'World class' England pack hailed
06 Oct 07 |  Rugby Union
England replace Farrell with Catt
05 Oct 07 |  Rugby Union
Josh Lewsey's column
05 Oct 07 |  English
Zinzan Brooke column
05 Oct 07 |  Rugby Union
England 36-20 Tonga
28 Sep 07 |  English
England 44-22 Samoa
22 Sep 07 |  Rugby Union
England 0-36 South Africa
14 Sep 07 |  English
Mortlock fit to captain Australia
04 Oct 07 |  Rugby Union
Aussies wary of Wilkinson factor
02 Oct 07 |  Rugby Union
England win Rugby World Cup
22 Nov 03 |  Internationals


RELATED BBC LINKS:

RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

BBC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Daily and weekly e-mails | Mobiles | Desktop Tools | News Feeds | Interactive Television | Downloads
Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability sport | Olympics 2012 | Sport Relief | Other sport...

Help | Privacy & Cookies Policy | News sources | About the BBC | Contact us