Aussie press savages Wallabies


The Australian press savaged the “woeful” Wallabies on Monday after England exposed their inadequacies on the first match of their European tour, with much of the criticism directed at coach Ewen McKenzie.

England came from behind to win 20-13 at Twickenham on Saturday as the Wallabies’ bid for a tour “Grand Slam” toppled at the first hurdle.

Australia’s rugby writers were in malevolent mood as the team chalked up their sixth defeat in eight games under new coach McKenzie.

“This was a loss to a developing English team with an erratically functioning lineout and faulty goalkicker, and unfamiliar combinations throughout — yet the hosts were mildly miffed with the style of the win,” The Sydney Morning Herald’s Paul Cully said.