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Stuart Lancaster has hailed England's 20-13 victory over Australia at Twickenham as "a great start" to the autumn internationals.

Second-half tries by skipper Chris Robshaw and fly-half Owen Farrell, who also kicked 10 points, guided England home after they trailed 13-6 at the interval.

While much of the performance was dour and dogged, rather than exhilarating attacking rugby, head coach Lancaster was delighted to avenge last season's home defeat against the Wallabies, who are in England's 2015 World Cup group.

"I was delighted with the composure we showed in the second half and I thought we deserved the win," head coach Lancaster said.

"We had some big players missing, three players making their first start in a Test match at Twickenham, a new guy running the lineout and Australia had been together since before the (British and Irish) Lions series.

"To go out and get the win like we did, it is a great start for us.

"We didn't start chasing the scoreboard early in the second half, and we built pressure on Australia.

"I thought our substitutes made a difference when they came on, and overall the pressure began to tell and we got the two tries."

Lancaster paid to tribute to man-of-the-match Mike Brown after the Harlequins full-back hardly put a foot wrong, while he also had praise for back-row warriors Robshaw and Tom Wood.

"Mike Brown was outstanding," he added.

"His ability to beat people with his feet and break tackles and the general fight he shows in his game, it's a real important quality we want in the team.

"And I thought Chris and Tom Wood were outstanding. They both led from the front and showed their experience. While they are still relatively new in terms of caps, I thought both of them led the pack very well.

"Chris scored a good try and was involved right the way through the game, as he always is.

"This time last year the scoreline was the other way around. It is better to have won than lost, that's for sure."

Farrell recovered well from missing three successive penalties in the first half and Lancaster said: "Credit to Owen's temperament.

"He will be disappointed with himself, I am sure, for missing those kicks. He has a great self-belief, and when the big kicks came around in the second half and he had a chance to score (a try), he took them.

"The main areas for us to look at are restarts and managing the game within that 22-metre to halfway line zone. A couple of times we didn't kick when there was a lot of space in backfield, or we kicked when when we could have played.

"Last year, we lost to Australia in the equivalent game, which put us under pressure. It is a lot easier to build momentum from a win."

The game was watched by members of England's 2003 World Cup-winning squad, including captain Martin Johnson and drop-goal hero Jonny Wilkinson, as the 10th anniversary of that cup final victory over Australia in Sydney looms.

And Lancaster added: "We saw quite a few of that squad today.

"We were very aware of them being in the crowd and we wanted to do them proud. They inspire the players in our team with their achievements.

"It will mean a lot to the (current) players when they sit back and think they won with those guys watching."

England backs coach Andy Farrell, meanwhile, saluted debutant centre Joel Tomkins, whose first Test in the white shirt came on the same day as his brother Sam lined up for England's World Cup rugby league team against Ireland.

Like Tomkins, Farrell had also switched rugby codes and progressed to England's 15-a-side team.

"The hardest thing is the pressure you put on yourself," Farrell said.

"You know the spotlight is on you. You have come over from another code and there is a bit more heat on your back.

"Joel stood up in front of the boys on Thursday and he told them the reason why he came over was to wear the shirt and his main focus was to do his team-mates proud. It was an emotional day for him today."

Australia coach Ewen McKenzie admitted his team had been punished for their second-half display, when they conceded 14 unanswered points.

And there were Australian concerns about England's opening try, which was started by a Brown break, although video replays appeared to show the full-back had his foot on the touchline.

"We didn't handle the second half as well as we would have liked. England squeezed us a bit at crucial moments and were able to manage the game," McKenzie said.

"I thought we did pretty well in the first half. We fought a 7-1 penalty count against us at the 35-minute mark, yet we led at half-time.

"Obviously, it (England's first try) was flashed up on the big screen. That was a 90-metre turnaround and there is seven points at the end of it.

"Theoretically, we should have been having a lineout five metres out (from England's line). You can't say those things don't have an impact on the game, but I guess that is the vagaries of rugby.

"You rely on these things, but in the end we will just look at the opportunities we had and the mistakes we made.

"The second one (England try) had the benefit of the TMO looking at it without the pressure of the moment. We can debate those things, it's like forward passes, there were a bunch of those too.

"We can debate those things until you are blue in the face. It's not going to change the outcome."

Australia captain Ben Mowen admitted it was frustrating to have seen his team's attempts for a Grand Slam tour - victories over England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales - fall at the first hurdle.

"It's hugely disappointing," number eight Mowen said.

"Just after half-time was a real opportunity for us to skip ahead and put pressure on England, but we missed a few of those opportunities and they were extremely urgent and beat us on a couple of retreats.

"When you have that urgency, married up with a few things going your way, they created that momentum and took those two tries, so you've got to give them that respect."


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