I was there four years ago, way up on high at Telstra Stadium ,when Jonny Wilkinson in an act of unrivaled sporting cruelty tore the heart of Australia and denied us a World Cup on home soil.
Last night, Wilkinson (and a committed English team) again denied Australia a chance at glory in the Marshal Petain Cup. But the better team did win. Australia seemed off their game and their enthusiasm waxed and wane. England on the other hand always seemed to have their entire forward pack at the breakdown, often embarrassing the Aussie pack who often seemed a few seconds behind the play. Wilkinson didn’t quite have his radar working but it was more than enough to get England home.
Alas England can taunt us with four more years. The only saving grace is that the All Blacks have amazingly suffered the same fate and were bundled out of the cup by France.