Quins pair lead England to victory over Australia
4:22pm Saturday 2nd November 2013 in Sport
Harlequins pair Chris Robshaw and Mike Brown put in star turns as England beat Australia 20-13 at Twickenham.
Skipper Robshaw scored a try from close range while Brown was his side's best performer and man of the match in a disjointed showing from head coach Stuart Lancaster's men.
The visitors had led 13-6 at half time, but Robshaw's try - after initial good work from Brown - levelled matters before fly half Owen Farrell's solo effort and some desperate defending secured the win.
"Chris Robshaw and Tom Wood both led from the front and showed their experience. They both led the pack and I'm delighted with how they both played," said Lancaster of his captain and back row partner.
"Mike Brown was outstanding. His ability to beat people with his feet, break tackles and the general fight he shows in his game is a really important quality that we want in this team."
The first half was a scrappy affair with Farrell and Australia's Quade Cooper exchanging kicks early on to make it 3-3 in a stop start opening quarter that saw the former miss two kicks from distance.
The Saracens number 10 missed a third before finally getting his radar working from close range, but centre Matt Toomua made him pay for his earlier profligacy as he barged through opposite man Billy Twelvetrees as Cooper added the extras for a 10-6 lead to the visitors.
Cooper added a second penalty before the break as the Wallabies made it count when they found themselves within range for a deserved half time lead.
Harlequins full back Brown showed why is England's form 15 as his dummy and run from his own 22 led eventually to Marland Yarde being set free down the left from a Brown pass only to be hauled down short of the line.
Robshaw continued the fightback as he scrambled over to score a converted try following the subsequent line out after Tom Wood had charged down Will Genia's attempted clearance.
Farrell then dummied his way through the Australian defence and England were on the front foot to victory going in to the final 20 minutes, which saw them withstand an Australian onslaught to win.
Assistant coach Andy Farrell said: "The most pleasing thing for me was our ability to find a way to win the game, which was outstanding."