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England must get even better, says coach Martin Johnson


England can still improve - Johnson

Martin Johnson urged his England team to aim even higher after their fine 35-18 win over Australia at Twickenham.

England had never scored more than 32 points against the Wallabies, and the win also equalled their largest margin of victory against Australia.

But Johnson said: "The minute you start patting yourself on the back in rugby union you come unstuck.

"We have to go out and perform [like this] every week - that is what we need to get better at."

Chris Ashton scored two tries, including one sensational length-of-the-field effort, and Toby Flood produced a faultless kicking display to finish with 25 points as Johnson's men bounced back from last week's 26-16 loss to New Zealand.

"It was a good performance, a really good reward for all the work the guys have put in," Johnson acknowledged.

Moody puts outstanding win down to belief

"It is tough when you put the work in and you aren't getting the wins. It can be a little disappointing, more than a little disappointing.

"I am really happy for everyone. A lot of guys played very well today and a lot of our younger guys took a big step forward in their development.

"There was lots of really good stuff. We got the go-forward and that momentum made it harder for them to compete. The counter-attack was sharp.

"We got on top of them and subdued them. Maybe they weren't expecting us to play how we did. That is what you work for, for days like this."

Ashton's second try put England 26-6 ahead and will go down as one of the best ever seen at Twickenham.

The Wallabies were mounting a fightback and were camped on England's line when Tom Palmer, Mike Tindall and Flood tackled Will Genia and turned him over.


Man of the match Ben Youngs took his chance to feed Courtney Lawes who sent Ashton racing clear to score from 85 metres.

"Chris' second try was pretty special. We can play and we know that," said Johnson.

Asked whether he had seen a better try at Twickenham, he joked: "I think I scored one, from two yards against Italy, which I thought was a better."

But with Samoa and world champions South Africa still to come this month, England's 2--3 World Cup-winning skipper is refusing to get carried away.

"I have just been asked if that was the perfect performance. We want to be consistent and when we get back into camp on Monday we will look at getting better," he said.

"We can't live off this win. It adds to the confidence of the team but at this level, against the top teams, if you are not on your game on any given day you risk losing. It is another step on the road for us."

Elsom credits sharp England

Australia coach Robbie Deans, whose team also lost to England during the summer, said he was not surprised by England's display.

"We had witnessed their progression and we knew they would be pretty keen to get a return for their improvement.

"We came second in the game. We are disappointed about that. The game was two tries apiece but clearly England deserved their win.

"There were a couple of critical moments where we were building pressure and it looked like a return for that was imminent when we turned over the ball and England scored at the other end on two occasions.

"England played very well. They picked up the tempo at every opportunity and played good rugby."

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England 35-18 Australia
13 Nov 10 |  Rugby Union
Moody puts outstanding win down to belief
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Elsom credits sharp England
13 Nov 10 |  Rugby Union
Photos from autumn Tests
13 Nov 10 |  Rugby Union

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