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1995: England 25-22 Australia
World Cup quarter-final, 11 June 1995
Cape Town

This quarter-final between Australia and England was not exactly a running rugby epic but it was a tension-packed encounter.

Rob Andrew watches his match-winning drop goal sail over
England 25
Try: T Underwood
Con: Andrew
Pens: Andrew (5) DG: Andrew
Australia 22
Try: Smith
Con: Lynagh
Pens: Lynagh (5)

And the match was to be decided deep into injury-time with the final kick of the game.

England roared into the game as the stronger side, their pack proving too powerful for their Australian counterparts in the opening 40 minutes.

Michael Lynagh and Rob Andrew both managed two penalties apiece in the half, but it was Tony Underwood's timely dash which proved the major defining point between both sides.

Despite being under pressure from the English forwards, Australia rarely looked like making an error.

But their only real slip-up gifted England's backs the opportunity to scoop up the ball and head downfield.

The ball was spread wide and quickly, eventually landing in the hands of Underwood Jnr, who sprinted down the right wing and touched down before being caught by his pursuers.

That converted try gave England a 13-6 advantage at the break which they were only able to maintain for about a minute after the restart.

Damian Smith was the man on hand as he chased down a kick ahead and touched down for the Wallabies, and Lynagh levelled proceedings with a conversion of his own.

From then on, the game was all about the forward confrontation and the boots of Lynagh and Andrew.

The pair matched each other kick for kick but neither side could be separated as the full 80 minutes expired with the scores at 22-22.

Jumping for joy

As the match went into extra-time, England won a crucial line-out marginally within Australian territory.

Martin Bayfield took a clean catch and trundled forward with the rest of the pack.

As the ball came loose, Dewi Morris swept a superb pass to Andrew, who in turn unleashed a fearsome drop-kick from 45 metres.

The ball seemed to stand in the air for an age as Andrew and the Australian defenders watched on before it eventually sailed through the uprights.

And afterwards, England coach Jack Rowell summed up the moment.

He said: "People jumped 10 feet when that went over. When they came down to earth, they were crying."

The kick produced a famous result for England - their first win against Australia outside of the northern hemisphere.


England: Mike Catt; Tony Underwood, Jeremy Guscott, Will Carling, Rory Underwood; Rob Andrew, Dewi Morris: Jason Leonard, Brian Moore, Victor Ubogu; Martin Bayfield, Martin Johnson; Ben Clarke, Tim Rodber, Dean Richards.

Australia: Matt Burke; D Smith, Jason Little, Tim Horan, David Campese; Michael Lynagh, George Gregan; Dan Crowley, Phil Kearns, Ewen McKenzie; John Eales, Rod McCall; Willy Ofahengaue, David Wilson, Tim Gavin.





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