Deans' focus on players as Wallabies beat England
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans insisted the 20-14 win over England at
Twickenham had been a triumph for his players rather than a personal
success after he'd been accused of "destroying Australian rugby".
The damning accusation was made in the build-up to Saturday's match
by Australia great David Campese following the 33-6 thrashing inflicted
by France on the Wallabies in Paris last week.
"Deans has destroyed Australian rugby and I want him to go," Campese
told the Daily Telegraph as he launched into a withering critique of the
"Anyone who knows anything about Australian rugby, knows what it's
famous for -- loops, angles, switches, counter-attack, creative play.
Where's all that gone? We can't even pass properly." But the Wallabies
certainly passed better than England although, as Deans's detractors
will point out, that is not saying a great deal.
"Any result at Twickenham is significant, it doesn't come easily
here," said Deans, full-back in the New Zealand side beaten 15-9 by
England at Twickenham in 1983, after Saturday's much-needed victory.
"I'm very pleased for the lads and the way they played -- they did it
not me, as I've said before." Australia ended a run of more than
three-and-a-half hours without a Test try when right wing Nick Cummins
crossed for his maiden one at this level in the 35th minute.
They then fell behind to a questionable try by Manu Tuilagi, awarded
to the England centre by the video referee when it appeared he may not
have grounded the ball on the line, and were 14-11 down at half-time.