Michael Aylwin at Twickenham

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Name: Michael Aylwin at Twickenham
Date registered: November 8, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/new-zealand-rugby-union-team

Latest posts

  1. Gregor Townsend will need to address Scotland’s lack of physicality | Michael Aylwin — March 11, 2017
  2. France played the better rugby but have forgotten how to win again | Michael Aylwin — February 4, 2017
  3. Michael Cheika’s Wallabies slip behind as England have last laugh | Michael Aylwin — December 3, 2016
  4. England 37-21 Australia: how the players at Twickenham rated — December 3, 2016
  5. England 27-14 Argentina: how the players rated at Twickenham — November 26, 2016

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Mar 11

Gregor Townsend will need to address Scotland’s lack of physicality | Michael Aylwin

Speculation had it that England were nervous going into the Calcutta Cup, but Scotland instead met with a clinical brutality they could not handleSo, some way still to go. Scotland came south, heralded, rightly, as the best side to do so this century. …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/mar/11/scotland-england-six-nations-2017-

Feb 04

France played the better rugby but have forgotten how to win again | Michael Aylwin

England did not deserve victory, but despite some superb play the French failed again to close out the game, something the hosts have learned to do at any cost

France now look stuck in that seemingly eternal Scotland rut – playing some great stuff, deserving of victory, yet not achieving it. And thus, the hard-bitten among us will insist, not deserving of victory at all. The good teams find a way to win when they’re not playing well; the hopeful, promising ones find a way to lose even when they are. It is not fair, but it is the way of the world.

Related: Eddie Jones: England were awful but I always thought we were going to win

Related: Ben Te’o comes to England’s rescue after France threaten shock victory

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/feb/04/france-rugby-england-louis-picamoles

Dec 03

Michael Cheika’s Wallabies slip behind as England have last laugh | Michael Aylwin

It looks as if it’s Michael Cheika’s shout after round four of a rivalry that has been as intense off the field as on it again goes the way of Eddie Jones’s England

If they ever met for that beer afterwards, Michael Cheika no doubt told his old mate to enjoy this while it lasts. Not that his friendship with Eddie Jones, which stretches way back to their playing days at Randwick, has looked particularly solid this year. It looked strained during the summer, but seemed to fall apart altogether in the buildup to this, the fourth instalment of the Eddie and Mikey show. Let’s hope they did meet for that beer. Rugby’s too trivial a thing to fall out over.

Still, that the scoreline reads 4-0 to Eddie will hurt. Jones has managed to transform an England side that Cheika had plunged into the depths of despair little more than a year ago, having just performed a miracle job himself on a Wallaby outfit in chaos. Cheika must have wondered on more than a few occasions this year what happened to the powers of regeneration that brought him the World Rugby coach-of-the-year gong in 2016.

Related: England backs cut loose against Australia to complete their perfect year

Related: England 37-21 Australia: how the players at Twickenham rated

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2016/dec/03/australia-england-michael-cheika-wallabies-england-eddie-jones

Dec 03

England 37-21 Australia: how the players at Twickenham rated

Scrum-half Ben Youngs’ accuracy is influential for England, while Australia’s Kane Douglas struggles to rediscover his World Cup form

Related: England backs cut loose against Australia to complete their perfect year

Related: England see off Australia’s fast start to establish themselves at No2 | Andy Bull

Related: Unbeaten Eddie Jones says England short of 2003 World Cup vintage

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Nov 26

England 27-14 Argentina: how the players rated at Twickenham

Jonny May produced an inspired display and got through a tremendous amount of work after Eliot Daly’s sending-off, earning himself 8 out of 10

Mike Brown, Full-Back 7/10 If only he’d consummated his performance with the try it deserved. Could have been two, as would have finished the penalty try. Rock solid and metres galore. Great battle with Cordero.

Jonny May, Wing 8/10 England’s best player in our opinion. When his mate went off he had twice the work and did it. Defence remarkable, pace and support lines deadly. Well-deserved try. He’s back. And better.

Related: England and Owen Farrell dig deep to win 14-man battle with Argentina

Related: Battle with Argentina reveals England’s enormous progress | Andy Bull

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Nov 12

South Africa’s thin confidence popped by farcical ‘Charlie Chaplin’ try for England | Michael Aylwin

The Springboks came to bully England but the scars inflicted by All Blacks thrashing were brutally exposed by a moment of slapstick at Twickenham

So, South Africa remained unbeaten against England for a week shy of 10 years, a run of 12 matches. It was an impressive record. It is something to cling to. And they will take anything just now.

This was a dispiriting prick of the balloon – and balloon-thick is South Africa’s confidence at the moment. Now they must add the 37 points conceded here to the 57 they shipped last time out a month ago to the All Blacks – at home in Durban. Lob in a host of other indignities over the last couple of years – to Argentina, Japan and Ireland, among others – and you begin to wonder how they managed that 10-year unbeaten run against England.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2016/nov/12/south-africa--england-twickenham-autumn-internationals

Nov 12

England 37-21 South Africa: player ratings from Twickenham

Ben Youngs burst into bloom for England at Twickenham setting up two tries with superb breaks, while South Africa’s Francois Venter struggled in defence

Mike Brown, full-back, 6/10 Usual solidity at the back, first defender beaten on the counter and assists for tries. His assist for the game-breaking second won’t feature on a highlights reel, but they all count.

Related: Ben Youngs runs show as England end 10-year jinx against Springboks

Related: Eddie Jones says England have to be better after South Africa victory

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