Baxter hails Wallabies

Prop delighted after Australia win at Twickenham

Last Updated: 16/11/08 4:57pm

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Baxter: Hailed Wallabies

Baxter: Hailed Wallabies

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Australia prop Al Baxter hailed the Wallabies after they retained the Cook Cup with a 28-14 win over England at Twickenham on Saturday.

The hosts gave away 10 penalties, eight within kicking range and all but one of those were gratefully accepted by Matt Giteau and Stirling Mortlock.

Baxter insisted there was no element of revenge about the game after they lost last year's World Cup quarter-final to England in Marseille, but admitted the Wallabies were 'very happy' to have won.

He said: "It is great to play in a country that looks at the set piece and talks about it and analyses it. It is wonderful to come here and have a win and have a good performance in the set piece.

Always high

"A win at Twickenham is always high on your list. We are always going to be very disappointed about our loss in Marseille and that is never going to change.

"You can't compensate for losses in the past. Robbie Deans (Australia coach) is very much about looking to the future and we are very happy about the win."

He added: "There was no lack of aggression out there. There were certainly some big hits.

"The intensity was right up there and we were battling at times. We were run off our feet at the end."

Improve discipline

He now believes England must improve their discipline to stand any hope of beating South Africa next Saturday in a game being shown live on Sky Sports 2 at 2.30pm.

Percy Montgomery may have retired, but the Springboks boast the mighty boot of Francois Steyn and stand-off Ruan Pienaar.

"South Africa have some really good kickers," said Baxter. "If you are ill-disciplined they have kickers who can punish you from 55-60 metres out.

"When we play the South Africans we really focus on discipline because that is something that can really hurt you."

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