Australian rugby fans express their delight at a ‘payback’ win as the Wallabies knock England out of the Rugby World Cup.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (OCTOBER 4, 2015) AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION) – Australian rugby fans expressed their delight on Sunday (October 4) as the Wallabies advanced to the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals at the expense of arch rival England.
The Wallabies 33-13 defeat of England at Twickenham means the hosts are eliminated from the Rugby World Cup at the pool stage for the first time in history.
Australia and Wales occupy the top two places in Pool A with 13 points each after Saturday’s (October 3) game, leaving England trailing in third place on six points with one pool match remaining.
It was Australia’s highest score and biggest margin of victory over England at Twickenham, where they won the first of their two World Cups by beating the English in the 1991 final.
Wallabies fan Adam Garmys believes the result is “payback” for the loss back in the 2003 Sydney final, where an extra-time drop goal by English fly-half Jonny Wilkinson secured a 20-17 win for the old enemy.
“It’s brilliant the Wallabies winning, awesome, yeah. I think it’s payback for all those years ago when (Jonny) Wilkinson did us in in Sydney,” he said.
Local chiropractor, Robert Forster, said the result goes some way to easing the pain of a recent 2015 Ashes series loss to England in the UK.
“I thought it was fantastic. After losing the Ashes to the Poms, for them to crash out in their own tournament was just fantastic,” he said.
English recruitment consultant, Chris Dubuis, who has lived in Australia for 10 years says his life will be unbearable when he returns to work on Tuesday (October 6).
“Mate, I’m going to cop it I reckon. You know, first time out in the group stage, I’ve got a South African in my team so he copped a lot for the Japan game so I reckon he’s going to give it back pretty hard,” he said.
Teacher Karen Myles also enjoyed the result, questioning whether England coach Stuart Lancaster’s job will now be under threat.
“Bit of a surprise, it’ll be interesting to see if their coach survives because he was pretty devastated this morning so, it was a good result,” she said.
The Wallabies will play Wales at Twickenham for top spot in the pool before England close their tournament against makeweights Uruguay in Manchester next Saturday(October 10) evening.