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Video: Chris Ashton’s wonder-try against Australia last year

England's Chris Ashton gets away from Australia's Drew Mitchell to score his second try in their 2010 meeting. Photo credit; Adam Davy/EMPICS England's Chris Ashton gets away from Australia's Drew Mitchell to score his second try in their 2010 meeting. Photo credit; Adam Davy/EMPICS

Thursday, November 15, 2012
12:17 PM

Australia will be hoping that Chris Ashton does not repeat his Twickenham heroics on Saturday.

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Six minutes into the second half of the 2010 Cook Cup game at Twickenham, England were leading Australia 19-6 but the Wallabies were mounting their first sustained attack of the match.

Australia were down to 14 men with Matt Giteau in the sin-bin but they were camped on England’s line, with Will Genia pulling the strings at scrum-half.

But England stood firm and not only secured the turnover but launched a devastating counter-attack, with Chris Ashton scoring one of the great Twickenham tries.

Here is how it unfolded:

46:03 - Australia were hammering away at England’s line when Genia spotted half a gap and tried a sniping run.

46:06 - But the gap closed quickly. Genia was stopped by Toby Flood and Tom Palmer. Mike Tindall drove in to help secure the turnover on England’s own line.

46:11 - Ben Youngs dug the ball out and dummied a clearance kick to take Quade Cooper out of the equation before scampering from behind England’s line.

46:13 - Youngs attacked a big blindside and passed to Courtney Lawes, who drew two Australian defenders before slipping a perfectly-timed pass to Ashton on the outside.

46:15 - Ashton caught the pass with his right hand and tucked the ball under his left arm. With around 85 metres to go he scorched clear down the touchline.

46:20 - Just before Ashton reached the halfway line he cut infield, forcing the last defender Drew Mitchell to turn back on himself. Ashton raced past him.

46:25 - Mitchell dived despairingly to try to tap-tackle Ashton but the England wing was too quick and raised his right arm in celebration as he reached the Australian line.

46:28 - Ashton crossed under the Australian posts to score his second try of the match with a trademark dive.

Click above to see a video of this wonderful try.

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