England will not rush into any hasty decisions over the future of head coach Stuart Lancaster after making their Rugby World Cup exit at the pool stage, Rugby Football Union Chief Executive Ian Ritchie said on Sunday.
The Aussies were more clinical in attack and two Bernard Foley tries in the first half gave them a 17-3 half-time lead.
England had won its previous three World Cup matches against Australia, including an extra-time win in the 2003 final in Sydney when Jonny Wilkinson landed a dropped goal to break the deadlock.
“We knew there would be a lot of pain being in England’s backyard, and the atmosphere was outrageously loud, and that’s not an easy thing to deal with when you’re in the minority like that”.
Wallabies captain Stephen Moore praised the performances of Foley, for directing the backline, back-rowers David Pocock and Michael Hooper for winning turnover ball, and the unheralded Australian scrum that had come under heavy scrutiny in the buildup.
Lancaster said: “I’m just gutted, gutted for all the fans and everyone at home”.
England coach Stuart Lancaster apologised and admitted his future is uncertain after Australia inflicted his side’s second devastating World Cup defeat in a week.
“I think this week we have had to answer a few tough questions”, said Robshaw. He urged the country not to turn on a young England team that was comprehensively out-thought and outfought over the 80 minutes.
Ashley-Cooper added: “We have had a good run against Wales, but anything can happen”.
Next week, back at Twickenham, Cheika will pit his wits against Wales coach Warren Gatland and he is expecting a testing encounter.
Robshaw said immediately after the game: “It’s tough”.
The home side then crossed for a try in the 57th minute when winger Anthony Watson broke through two tackles to crash over and make it 20-13 with Farrell’s conversion.
THE Wallabies are applying the same cautious strategy to their World Cup campaign as the one that helped them build reputation as a scrummaging force inside a year: don’t get cocky.
Bernard Foley scored two tries – converting both of them himself.
“But there are a few good players in this squad and I hope the nation stays behind them”.
“From my World Cup experience, finishing top of your pool is very important”.
They got behind their team from there, and the players on the field began to react as they drew even closer with an Owen Farrell penalty in the 64th minute.
“This is set to be the biggest world tournament to date, over a million people have so far seen games live, and I have no doubt that our investment of time and resources in creating a lasting legacy will see a step change in rugby enjoyment and participation across the country”.
It was a special win (against England), but as soon as Monday comes we will be preparing for Wales. “After losing the Ashes to the Poms, for them to crash out in their own tournament was just fantastic”, he said.