Australia left England stunned after posting a 33-13 win in the Rugby World Cup.
The Wallabies booked a spot in the quarter-finals, along with Wales, after delivering an incredible performance which saw the men in white knocked out of the competition in the group stage — the first host nation to lose during a qualifying round in the sport’s history.
Australia was strong in the first half, with a standout performance from Bernard Foley, who posted a record-breaking 28-point haul — surpassing Matthew Burke — with two tries, four penalties and three conversions.
Here’s a look at the opening try from Foley:
During the second half, Matt Giteau found an opening for a 15 metre dash to the line. Although England managed to score seven points with just 15 minutes remaining, it wasn’t enough to compensate for two last minute penalties to the Wallabies before Giteau sealed the deal with an 80th-minute try.
Following the defeat, captain Chris Robshaw along with England coach Stuart Lancaster issued an apology for their performance on Saturday evening.
“I am gutted as we let the country down,” Robshaw said.
“As players we didn’t quite get there. We apologise to them. Australia played very well – but we’re gutted.
“Credit to Australia, we knew across the board that they would put us under pressure and they were good today.”
The mood was less than sombre on social media:
— Owen Williams (@OwsWills) October 3, 2015
Utterly, utterly miserable #ENGvAUS
— Nathan Sykes (@NathanSykes) October 3, 2015
— Meanwhile In Scotia (@MeanwhileScotia) October 3, 2015
Football, cricket, rugby. 3 England teams knocked out in the group stages of World Cups inside 16 months. 13-33 at Twickenham. Mortifying.
— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) October 3, 2015
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