Goode helps England beat Aussies
PUBLISHED: 13:23 15 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:46 26 October 2009
IRB Junior World Championship Pool C
England U20 18 Australia U20 13 HATFIELD student Alex Goode helped England Under-20s beat the Aussies against the odds in Newport yesterday.
Saracens fly-half Goode kicked two penalties and a conversion as England stun
IRB Junior World Championship Pool C
England U20 18 Australia U20 13
HATFIELD student Alex Goode helped England Under-20s beat the Aussies against the odds in Newport yesterday.
Saracens fly-half Goode kicked two penalties and a conversion as England stunned Australia to reach the semi-finals of the Junior World Championship in Wales.
The U20 Six Nations Grand Slam winners won their pool decider thanks to two brilliant tries from Miles Benjamin.
The Worcester wing opened the scoring in the first half and then pounced two minutes from time with a superb opportunist effort to clinch victory for a team that had refused to buckle against the third seeds.
The underdogs had startled the Wallabies as they dominated the first half with Benjamin's early try and two Goode penalties edging them ahead.
Giant wing Ratu Nasiganiyavi then scored in the corner for the Aussies.
Queensland Reds fly-half Quade Cooper added a superb touchline conversion to add to his two first half penalties and Australia looked like finishing the game in control.
But an attack and chip down the blindside saw full back Dane Haylett-Petty's clearing kick charged down and Benjamin was on hand to grab the ball and score with 20-year-old Goode converting from wide on the right.
The Pool C decider at Rodney Parade was effectively a quarter-final, with England now heading for a Cardiff showdown against South Africa at the Arms Park on Wednesday night.
The winners will then play New Zealand or Wales in next Sunday's final at Swansea.
Nigel Redman's side pinned Australia back in the first 10 minutes, putting them under set-piece pressure while both sides forced errors around the breakdown.
Their directness startled Australia's midfield defence and enabled England to strike first when Benjamin showed the finishing power that has lit up the Premiership this season.
Jordan Turner-Hall smashed through the middle, Luke Eves rode a tackle then found the Worcester wing who blasted through Blair Cooper's challenge and surged over from 20 metres.
University of Hertfordshire student Goode couldn't convert and his opposite number Cooper got Australia on the scoreboard four minutes later with a straightforward penalty.
Saracens back Goode then hit the target from 40 metres at the end of the first quarter, only for England to concede a penalty coming in from the side of a ruck, which Cooper stroked over from the 10 metre line.
Goode, the nephew of Tewin's Olympic badminton couple Andy and Jo Goode, was just short from long-range but his side continued to edge the contest, forcing Australia into more problems at the scrum.
England scrum-half Joe Simpson was hauled down five metres short and they then went close when Goode and Benjamin combined through the middle.
The pressure was finally translated into points as Goode added his second penalty two minutes before the break, leaving England to soak up the pressure of some increasingly dangerous attacks.
They were reduced to 14 men in the 56th minute when captain Hugo Ellis was yellow carded for lying on the wrong side of a ruck after Dane Haylett-Petty had split England's covering defence.
Australia duly delivered their first try when England were stretched on the left, Nasiganiyavi strolled over in the corner and Cooper converted from the touchline to give the Southern Hemisphere side the lead.
They couldn't score again with Ellis off the field, though.
Goode missed with a drop goal effort and then with a penalty from wide on the right after Australia went a man down as flanker Ben Coridas was binned 13 minutes from time.
Cooper also missed the target from distance to set up a tense final few minutes.
Then came the thrilling final act as England pressed forward once more with Benjamin on hand to seal a semi-final place in Cardiff.
England: Noah Cato (Saracens), Seb Stegmann (Harlequins), Luke Eves (Bristol Rugby), Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins), Miles Benjamin (Worcester Warriors), Alex Goode (Saracens), Joe Simpson (London Wasps), Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby), Joe Gray (Northampton Saints), Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), Scott Hobson (Cornish Pirates), Gregor Gillanders (Leicester Tigers), Jon Fisher (London Irish), Calum Clark (Leeds Carnegie), Hugo Ellis (London Wasps, captain).
Replacements: Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers) for Simpson 74, Alex Tait (Newcastle Falcons) for Stegmann 74.