Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

England success delights Johnson

Martin Johnson
Martin Johnson

Martin Johnson felt England deserved their stunning 35-18 victory over Australia at Twickenham.

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 England equalled their largest margin of victory against Australia.

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

He added: "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. Mark Cueto was outstanding.

"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. We did it better than last week. We played very well. 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 hammering away at England's line when Tom Palmer, Mike Tindall and Flood tackled Will Genia and turned him over. Man of the match Ben Youngs spotted the chance of a counter-attack and fed 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. "The space is there, we went from deep to go wide today because that is where the space was and we did it pretty well."

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

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