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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 June, 2004, 11:56 GMT 12:56 UK
Gregan lauds Aussie effort
Australia's Joe Roff escapes the England defence
Australia captain George Gregan refused to get carried away with his side's 51-point rout of England in Brisbane.

"It was a great effort," he admitted. "You can never change what happened in the past, but this is a good start on the goals we have set this year.

"Engand are a very good defensive unit so we had to be ready to take the chances when they came.

"We have certainly been on the wrong end of a few scorelines against them in the past four years."

Gregan sympathised with England's battered touring party, who completed their long season with a third heavy defeat.

"It is always difficult touring at the end of the year and we will experience that when we come to Twickenham in November," Gregan added.

Wallabies coach Eddie Jones also admitted the scale of his side's victory may be misleading.

The guys have been asking Joe Roff what is he retiring for
Eddie Jones

"It was not a bad effort, but you have got to look at it in the context of the situation," he said.

"England had a fair few players out but it is something for us to move on with.

"Our first-phase attack was very good but some of our set-piece work was disappointing."

Jones had words of praise for man-of-the-match Joe Roff and wing Clyde Rathbone, who scored a hat-trick after being called into the starting line-up just before kick-off.

"The guys have been asking Joe what is he retiring (at the end of the season) for," Jones said.

"He certainly plays his best rugby when he is enjoying it, and he is doing that at the moment.

"Clyde has got good mental composure and he is going to be a leader for us in the future."

Interview: England full-back Josh Lewsey

Interview: Australia coach Eddie Jones

Australia 51-15 England
26 Jun 04  |  Internationals

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