After England’s depressing 0-36 defeat against South Africa they’ve been getting their act together, culminating in the close-run 12-10 victory over Australia yesterday. England’s pack were very strong, while Jason Robinson took a beautiful inside pass from Simon Shaw to demonstrate that England can open up gaps. Wilkinson’s kicking was good enough, although he missed an important kick in front of the posts at 75 minutes; fortunately Mortlock also missed a rather more distant attempt from half-way 2 minutes later.
After the South Africa game the post mortems involved talk about the lack of succession planning following the 2003 World Cup win for England, but yesterday the England team were fantastic.
To add to the Northern Hemisphere’s triumph, France also beat New Zealand. Currently, the bookmakers seem to be going for a SA v France final. I didn’t see France play yesterday, but I wouldn’t rule out England yet.