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Moody aiming for repeat showing

Lewis Moody has demanded England prove their victory over Australia in Sydney was not a one-off by retaining the Cook Cup at Twickenham.

England's 21-20 triumph at the Olympic Stadium was only their third over the Wallabies on Australian soil and it secured a share of the spoils from the two Test series.

England were brought back to earth with a 26-16 defeat by New Zealand last weekend, but Moody said: "We need to show we are a quality side. We are very excited about this game because we realise we had an opportunity to beat the number one side in the world but we missed it because of a lack of composure."

He added: "We were in the game to win it and the second half showed everyone the ability we have as a side. Our aim is to keep getting better. We realise we are a team that has to keep improving.

"You can feel the confidence in the squad but we have to take the opportunities when they come.

"Australia are hungry for revenge after what was a tough game in Sydney. They are playing much better rugby than they were playing in the summer."

England's' pack demolished Australia's rookie scrum on the summer tour but the Wallabies have been bolstered by the return from injury of their first-choice unit. Hooker Stephen Moore has shaken a back problem in time to join props Benn Robinson and Ben Alexander in the front row.

But England worked themselves into a position of dominance against the All Blacks last weekend - and Moody wants to hammer home that advantage against the Wallabies.

"We pride ourselves on the scrum and I think we are right up there with the best in the world at the minute. We will take a lot of confidence from the weekend," he said.

"It is key that in a week like this we don't get complacent. I think the Australians will have been away and done their homework. They know it is a strong area of our game and will be doing all they can to shut us down."


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