Rugby Union: How We Came Up Trumps against the Wizards of Oz; Merseyside's England Star BEN KAY Looks Back on Saturday's Heroic Fightback against Australia Which Has Set Clive Woodward's Men Up for a Southern Hemisphere Slam against South Africa Next Weekend

Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England), November 18, 2002 | Go to article overview

Rugby Union: How We Came Up Trumps against the Wizards of Oz; Merseyside's England Star BEN KAY Looks Back on Saturday's Heroic Fightback against Australia Which Has Set Clive Woodward's Men Up for a Southern Hemisphere Slam against South Africa Next Weekend


Byline: BEN KAY

OUR win against Australia was a truly great game to be involved in.

For most of the 80 minutes, it was swings and roundabouts. As the final five minutes ticked away on the clock, we had our backs against the wall but we managed to keep them in their own half and come out on top.

Even when we were trailing 31-19 in the second half, we didn't think we were heading for defeat because there was still so much time left.

I felt we dominated pretty much in the first half, but we also had a lot of opportunities that we didn't really take.

At one point, Matt Dawson went through and we really should have scored from that. I was standing next to their captain George Gregan who was shouting `Kill it!' and that's what they did.

I felt they were pretty fortunate to be left with 15 men on the pitch at that stage. But these things happen in rugby and credit to the Australians, they stopped us scoring a try and managed to score one themselves.

At half-time, we felt unlucky not to be more points ahead and the message from the coaches was more of the same.

In the first few minutes of the second half, we didn't really keep hold of the ball as we would have liked. …

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