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No Tiger Woods but alligators disrupt Zurich Classic

VIDEO: No Tiger but the alligators on the fairways are a hazard for Rose and Bubba

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00:48 GMT, 26 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:16 GMT, 26 April 2013

Ricky Barnes made the early running with an eight-under-par 64 in New Orleans despite the local alligators briefly holding up play in the opening round.

Boo Weekley came close, carding three birdies on his last five holes to open with a bogey-free 65. He was matched late in the afternoon by Lucas Glover, who had six birdies on the front nine (his second nine) en route to a 65 of his own. D.A. Points and rookie Morgan Hoffmann were another shot back after matching 66s.

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What a hazard: An alligator as it crosses the course during the first round

What a hazard: An alligator on the course during the first round at the Zurich classic

What a hazard: An alligator as it crosses the course during the first round

No fear: An alligator crosses through a sand trap on the 14th hole as golfers and caddies walk by

Sand trap: An alligator crosses the 14th hole as golfers and caddies walk by

Zurich Classic

Uninvited guest: The alligator crosses the 14th fairway during the first round of the PGA Tour Zurich Classic golf tournament

Capturing the moment: A caddie takes a photo as an alligator rests while crossing the 14th fairway

Capturing the moment: A caddie takes a photo as an alligator rests while crossing the 14th fairway

Minding his own business: A worker grooms away tracks after an alligator crossed through a sand trap

Minding his own business: A worker grooms away tracks after an alligator crossed through a sand trap

VIDEO: Alligator crosses fairway at the Zurich Classic

Gator on the green! Three-legged alligator gatecrashes PGA Tour…

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Another 10 golfers checked in at 5
under including Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler and 2006 Players champion
Stephen Ames, who needs a win this week to qualify for the 2013 event at
TPC Sawgrass.

A total of 84 players completed the
first round in red numbers. Not among them was 14-year-old amateur Guan Tianlang, whose three birdies were offset by three bogeys in an opening-round 72.

Guan Tianlang, 14, hits out of the tree line on the first hole

Bright start: Guan Tianlang, 14, carded an opening-round 72

Bubba Watson surveys the course with his caddie Ted Scott

Focused: Bubba Watson surveys the course with his caddie Ted Scott

 Justin Rose of England hits his tee shot on the 8th hole

Colourful: Justin Rose of England hits his tee shot on the 8th hole

Millwall violence at Wembley: three arrested in dawn raids

Millwall fans arrested in dawn raids after violence at Wembley FA Cup semi-final

By
David Kent

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06:36 GMT, 23 April 2013

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UPDATED:

13:13 GMT, 23 April 2013

Police have arrested three men in dawn raids in connection with violence at an FA Cup semi-final between Millwall and Wigan.

The men, aged 21, 22 and 27, were arrested at addresses in London by officers from Operation Arrowtip, which targets football-related crime, Scotland Yard said.

So far 23 people have been arrested in relation to violence at the semi-final at London's Wembley Stadium on April 13, during which Millwall fans attacked police and fought among themselves inside and outside the ground.

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Something to hide Police make an arrest during an early morning raid after violence at Wembley

Something to hide Police make an arrest during an early morning raid after violence at Wembley

Flashpoint: Police clash with fans during the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley

Flashpoint: Police clash with fans during the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley

A further 17 pictures have been released of people at the match who police want to speak to.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Barnes said: 'Large-scale violence and disorder at football matches is completely unacceptable. People attending matches expect to be able to do so in a safe and friendly environment.

'We have had an excellent response from the public, who have identified people in nine of the 10 images already released. Some have since handed themselves in to police, and to date, we have arrested 23 people. Three have been charged.

Dawn raids produce more arrests over FA Cup semi-final violence

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Wanted: These are the 17 football fans suspected of being involved in disorder at the FA Cup semi-final

Wanted: These are the 17 football fans suspected of being involved in disorder at the FA Cup semi-final

Wanted: These are the 17 football fans suspected of being involved in disorder at the FA Cup semi-final

Hunt: Police are still searching for more people in connection with the violence during the FA Cup semi-final

Hunt: Police are still searching for more people in connection with the violence during the FA Cup semi-final

Hunt: Police are still searching for more people in connection with the violence during the FA Cup semi final

'The investigation team is working through many more calls and CCTV to identify all those involved in the disorder. We expect to make further arrests.

'Our message is clear. Violence at football is unacceptable. If you were involved in the violence come forward and speak with us. We will pursue all those responsible.'

Anyone with information about the violence or who recognises the people in the pictures is urged to call police on 020 8246 0076 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Ashley Barnes charged by FA

Brighton's Barnes could see four-match ban extended after being charged for trip on referee

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

16:47 GMT, 13 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:07 GMT, 13 March 2013

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Brighton's Ashley Barnes has been charged by the Football Association for the apparent trip on referee Nigel Miller on March 9 at the Reebok Stadium.

Barnes appeared to make contact with Miller in the closing seconds of his side's 1-0 defeat by Bolton, an offence for which he was shown a red card.

His punishment was a four-game ban, one more than the standard three due to it being the striker's second dismissal of the season.

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Marching orders: Barnes is dismissed by referee Nigel Miller

Marching orders: Barnes is dismissed by referee Nigel Miller

Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season

Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season

Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season already and his protests (below) fell on deaf ears

But, having considered the evidence, the FA have opened proceedings which could lead to an enhanced punishment.

The FA have ruled that the incident displayed 'truly exceptional circumstances' and as such it has been referred to an independent three-man commission who can recommend a further ban if they feel it necessary.

A statement today read: 'The FA has
charged Brighton and Hove Albion's Ashley Barnes following his side's
game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 9 March 2013.

'It is alleged that Barnes's
behaviour in relation to the match official, for which the player was
dismissed for violent conduct towards the end of the game, constituted
an offence whereby the standard punishment that would otherwise apply
was clearly insufficient.'

Close quarters: Miller and Barnes are just yards away from each other as Bolton clear

Close quarters: Miller and Barnes are just yards away from each other as Bolton clear

Trip: Barnes sticks out a boot as Miller sets off on a run

Trip: Barnes sticks out a boot as Miller sets off on a run

Whistle: Miller sticks up his hand as he stops the game

Whistle: Miller sticks up his hand as he stops the game

Barnes has been given until 6pm on Thursday to respond.

Speaking immediately after the match –
and before reviewing video evidence – Brighton manager Gus Poyet said:
'I would like to see it.

'Before I talk to him I'm going to have a look because if he's done something to the referee…let's wait and see.

'My way of managing this is I prefer
the player to calm down because if you go to the dressing room and you
ask them straight away then they will put their excuse in there and
blame somebody else.'

VIDEO: Watch Barnes's trip on referee Miller from 50 seconds in

Final moments of Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

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Macclesfield allege Ryan Jackson was racially abused by Barrow player

Macclesfield allege defender Jackson was racially abused by Barrow player

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20:24 GMT, 30 December 2012

Police are to launch an investigation into allegations of racial abuse at the FA Cup second-round replay between Macclesfield and Barrow.

Officers were also called in to stop a post-match punch-up between both sets of players in the tunnel following an afternoon of bitter insult-swapping.

Macclesfield of the Blue Square Bet Premier claim that defender Ryan Jackson was racially abused by an opponent during Saturday’s 4-1 win.

Striker Amari Morgan-Smith tweeted: ‘So, according to the Barrow players it’s alright to call one of the lads a Jaffa cake on the pitch!! #headsgone’.

Stormy: Mathew Barnes-Homer celebrates his goal against Barrow

Stormy: Mathew Barnes-Homer celebrates his goal against Barrow

The Cheshire club confirmed that they had reported their rivals to the referee Phil Gibbs and to the police and want action taken.

Chief executive John Harris said, via the Macclesfield website: ‘The club are aware that the matter has been reported to both the police and the FA and will offer both its fullest support in dealing with the matter.

‘We are very disappointed that this has overshadowed an excellent performance on the pitch, but we remain staunchly opposed to all forms of racism, which we believe has no place in football, or indeed anywhere.’

Feelings have been running high between the two clubs since the original tie on December 19 when Macclesfield manager Steve King alleged that skipper Nat Brown had been called a ‘monkey’ by some Barrow fans.

Claim: Ryan Jackson was allegedly racially abused by a Barrow player

Claim: Ryan Jackson was allegedly racially abused by a Barrow player

The FA are investigating that incident too with Barrow promising to take action if any of their fans were shown to be guilty. At the time chairman Brian Keen said: ‘This is a decent, family community club and there is no place for racism.

‘We will investigate and, if we can identify any culprits, they will be facing as stern a punishment as we can dish out.’

Supporters from Cumbria yesterday flooded their forums with accusations that an English Defence League banner was on display at Moss Rose on Saturday and say that Brown went over to that section of the ground to acknowledge home supporters.

They also complained that the public announcer was being deliberately provocative by hailing former Barrow trialist John Paul Kissock as the ‘non-League Messi’ after he scored.

Macclesfield earned themselves a third-round tie against Championship leaders Cardiff in a match which survived three pitch inspections.

Alex Brown retires from rugby with shoulder injury

Gloucester and former England lock Brown forced to retire after failing to recover from shoulder injury

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10:15 GMT, 20 December 2012

Retiring: Brown has called it a day

Retiring: Brown has called it a day

Gloucester's former England lock Alex Brown has been forced to retire from rugby because of a serious shoulder injury.

The 33-year-old was hurt during Gloucester's opening Aviva Premiership game of the season against Northampton.

After almost three months of rest and rehabilitation, Brown underwent complex surgery on nerve damage, but although the operation will improve his shoulder movement, it has meant an end to his playing career.

'It is stating the obvious, but I am totally gutted,' he told the club's official website.

'When the surgeon came in after the operation and told me that I would not be able to play rugby again, the news hit me hard and has been tough to deal with, especially as there has been a new dawn at Gloucester under (rugby director) Nigel Davies and I so wanted to be part of it.

'I genuinely thought that I had a few good years left in me, but it's not to be. I've had to take on board the advice I have received and what my body is telling me.'

Brown won three England caps in 2006 and 2007, and he made 227 Premiership appearances, including a competition record 87 consecutive starts.

High hopes: Brown was a top lineout operator

High hopes: Brown was a top lineout operator

'I've been incredibly lucky to spend so many years playing in the top flight, firstly with my home town team, Bristol, and then to play for so many memorable years at Gloucester,' he added.

'I have still got lots of things to focus on and enjoy for the rest of the season – my continued work with the team and the testimonial activities that the committee have kindly organised for this year.

'It will give me an opportunity to thank everyone who has been so good to me over the years.'

David Barnes, rugby director of the Rugby Players' Association, paid tribute to Brown.

International: Brown - seen here playing against South Africa in Pretoria in 2007 - picked up three Test caps for England

International: Brown – seen here playing against South Africa in Pretoria in 2007 – picked up three Test caps for England

'Alex is one of the most respected players across the Premiership for his commitment, professionalism and his understanding of the game,' Barnes said.

'The irony is not lost on us that this year Alex has generously been supporting Restart – the Rugby Players' charity – to help other players who have suffered serious injury and illness, and now he too finds himself in this position.

'We will continue to work closely with Alex as he begins to plan the next stage of his life.'

John Barnes: The truth about why I wore tights

John Barnes: My cheap tights came from C&A, but at least we didn't wear a snood like Thierry!

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17:22 GMT, 12 December 2012

It's time to reveal a secret. I may have been the first man to wear tights during the Premier League era but it had nothing to do with reasons of fitness.

Quite simply, I wore those leggings for one, simple reason: to keep myself warm. It had nothing to do with keeping my hamstrings protected or to prevent muscle strains. All I wanted to do was protect myself against the elements.

I’ll explain. I didn’t come over to England from Jamaica until I was 13 and no matter what I tried, I just couldn’t get used to the cold. I was permanently freezing through winter. And when I was cold, I just didn’t feel comfortable playing football.

Not a fan of the cold: John Barnes admits he wore tights to keep him warm

Not a fan of the cold: John Barnes admits he wore tights to keep him warm

So in order to try combat things, I used to get a hot bath before kick-off to raise my body temperature. Gary Lineker used to something similar but whereas he used to only get into his waist, I would completely submerge myself.

That used to help during the winter months but when I got the chance to wear tights, I took the chance. I didn’t hesitate to wear gloves, either, though I never went as far as Thierry Henry and some others by wearing a snood.

Dimitar Berbatov

Clint Dempsey

Men in tights: Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov wore tights and gloves against Newcastle, while Clint Dempsey was fully covered up while training at Spurs last week

Emmanuel Eboue

Pascal Chimbonda

It's in the North (London): Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue and ex-Spurs defender Pascal Chimbonda wear tights in the Premier League

As you can imagine, being in a dressing room like Liverpool’s where there so many lively characters, I did get some funny looks but, thankfully, I managed to avoid the kind of ribbing that others might have got.

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All covered up: Thierry Henry has been known to wear a snood and gloves in the past

Ryan Giggs

Nigel Clough

Elder statesman: Ryan Giggs and Nigel Clough have also tried to keep their legs warm during games

Leading the way: Leicester's Keith Weller wore white tights during the an FA Cup game in 1979

Leading the way: Leicester's Keith Weller wore white tights during the an FA Cup game in 1979

And don’t think they were specially made for me, either. I’m sure now that all the sports manufacturers are producing leggings that cost hundreds of pounds but mine were nothing as flashy. If I remember rightly, mine came from C&A!

P.S. Football's men in tights are just one step away from being able to appear alongside this lot…

The Dynamic duo: Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin

The Dynamic duo: Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin

Men in tights: Robin Hood and his merry men

Men in tights: Robin Hood and his merry men

Sol Campbell adds voice to call for FA fines to fund anti-racism campaigns

EXCLUSIVE: Sol Campbell calls for FA fines to fund anti-racism campaigns

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UPDATED:

13:58 GMT, 11 December 2012

Sol Campbell is backing a scheme for
FA fines to be diverted to Kick It Out and Show Racism the Red Card to
help fund anti-racism campaigns.

The former Arsenal and England defender is among 60 high-profile names supporting the initiative.

Backing: Former Arsenal and Spurs defender Sol Campbell

Backing: Former Arsenal and Spurs defender Sol Campbell

Robbie Keane, Gabby Agbonlahor, Chris Powell, John Barnes, Dave Bassett, Shaka Hislop and Graham Taylor are among the top names throwing their weight behind the idea.

Both Kick It Out and Anti-Racism the Red Card are chronically under-funded in their fight against discrimination.

Kick It Out's annual budget is 450,000, but they have been lobbying the Barclays Premier League, the FA and the PFA for an increase in their commitment to the campaign.

Show Racism the Red Card have funding of around 900,000, but they are demanding more in the battle against anti-racism and other campaigns.

Support: LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane (left)

Support: LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane (left)

They want fines, such as the 90,000 dished out to Ashley Cole for his #BUNCHOFT***S tweet, to be put to good use.

Rio Ferdinand was fined 40,000 for his infamous 'choc ice' tweet after Cole gave evidence for John Terry at Westminster Magistrates Court in July.

Sam Warburton and Wales must be firing from the start to beat Australia

Wounded Wales are on the ropes but they must be firing from the off to beat Wallabies

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00:04 GMT, 1 December 2012

As the old saying goes: if at first you don't succeed, try having a sixth crack at the Wallabies in a year and see if that helps.

For Wales, the curse of the Grand Slam continues. They have stumbled to six successive defeats since then and this is their last chance of a victory or it will be a bleak midwinter.

They were supposed to be the star candidates for the crucial fourth place in the IRB rankings ahead of Monday's World Cup draw, instead they could slip down to ninth and face New Zealand and England in their World Cup pool if the rugby gods have a sense of humour.

Time to shine: Sam Warburton was in action in Friday's training session

Time to shine: Sam Warburton was in action in Friday's training session

WALES V AUSTRALIA

Wales: Halfpenny; Cuthbert, Davies, Roberts, L Williams; Priestland, Phillips; Jenkins, Rees, Andrews, Reed, Charteris, Shingler, Faletau, Warburton (capt).
Subs: Owens, Bevington, Lee, Jones, Tipuric, Knoyle, Biggar, S Williams.

Australia: Barnes; Cummins, Ashley- Cooper, Tapuai, Mitchell; Beale, Phipps; Robinson, Polota Nau, Alexander, Douglas, Sharpe (capt), Higginbotham, Palu, Pocock.
Subs: Moore, Slipper, Kepu, Dennis, Hooper, McKibbin, Harris, Iaone.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (England). Kick-off: 2.30pm, Millennium Stadium.

TV: Live on BBC1 from 2pm.

Their squad have been ravaged by injury and this team are being held together by bandages. Jamie Roberts, who was sorely missed on the three-Test tour Down Under in the summer, will have to wear a protective pad on his hip bone just to take the field.

The bruising was so bad after the All Blacks game he spent most of his week in ice and could start running only on Thursday.

Admittedly, these two Test teams have become tediously familiar foes over the past 13 months, but this match has taken on new significance. Lose and Wales will begin the defence of their Six Nations title without a victory since March.

The chronic Welsh problem of starting slowly and playing a game of desperate catch-up must be remedied with an explosion out of the blocks that puts the Wallabies on the back foot.

Australia are playing their 16th Test in 12 months, while Wales are playing their 24th in 16, so if this was a boxing match it would be two heavyweights with burning lungs and bleeding noses going toe-to-toe in the last round.

Land an early blow and it should make the difference. Wales must also cut out the stupid mistakes. A botched lineout call scuppered their first attack against the All Blacks and, while Wales made six line breaks, they failed to score from a single one.

Walking wounded: Wales have a depleted squad for Australia's visit

Walking wounded: Wales have a depleted squad for Australia's visit

Thinking cap on: Warren Gatland is hoping to record a win to salvage the series

Thinking cap on: Warren Gatland is hoping to record a win to salvage the series

The All Blacks made three line breaks and scored three times. Wales head coach Warren Gatland, taking charge of his final game before committing full-time to the Lions, has spoken all year about the 'learning curve' when you face the Southern Hemisphere sides.

But at some point that curve has to flatten out and Wales have to put those lessons into practice. With such a jam-packed international schedule they have had enough chances.

The summer was a case in point. They left Cardiff hoping to win the series, left Brisbane hoping for a solitary win and left Sydney with heads hanging after a hat-trick of defeats.

Openside flanker David Pocock got the best of Sam Warburton in June, but the Welsh skipper was recharged and back to his charging best against New Zealand.

Return: David Pocock will return to the fray after missing the England victory

Return: David Pocock will return to the fray after missing the England victory

That made a huge difference to his team. The lineout battle between veteran Nathan Sharpe – captain in his 116th and final Test – and lock Luke Charteris will be a defining fight when clean possession off the set piece is key.

Earlier this week, Australia head coach Robbie Deans said 'cornered beasts are the most dangerous'.

He was talking about the Wallabies. It may just turn out he was talking about the wrong team.

Crunch time: Liam Williams in action on Friday

Crunch time: Liam Williams in action on Friday

England 14 Australia 20: Barnes and Beale fire Wallabies as Red Rose rue missed chances

England 14 Australia 20: Barnes and Beale fire Wallabies as Red Rose rue missed chances

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16:51 GMT, 17 November 2012

England crashed to a defeat to Australia they may still be regretting in three years' time.

The Wallabies bounced back from a 33-6 thumping in France last week to dominate England, whose chances of being a top seed at their home Rugby World Cup in 2015 now look remote.

England have worn purple shirts twice – against Argentina and Australia – and both times they have lost.

Unbridled glee: Australia celebrate their third win in four Cook cup matches

Unbridled glee: Australia celebrate their third win in four Cook cup matches

England clawed a half-time lead with a
contentious try from Manu Tuilagi after Nick Cummins had scored his
first international try for the Wallabies.

But Australia turned the screw after
the interval with Berrick Barnes kicking a total of 15 points and it was
not until England emptied their bench that they posed any consistent
threat.

England will rue their bold decisions
to kick second-half penalties to touch instead of taking points because
the Wallabies defence held firm.

And the more panicky England became, the more mistakes they made and Australia saw out the victory to reclaim the Cook Cup.

Going over: Manu Tuilagi scores England's first try to give the home side a 14-11 half-time lead

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England's kit was officially described as 'regal purple', in order to reflect their place among the 'rugby royalty'.

But with South Africa and New Zealand
due at Twickenham over the next fortnight, England face an uphill
battle to join the elite in the top band of World Cup seeds when the
draw is made on December 4.

That would leave England with the prospect of facing one of the southern hemisphere giants in the pool stages.

Toby Flood kicked England into an
early lead but they spent most of the first half battling to stay in the
game, in the face of an Australia side who were more direct and more
threatening.

Initially, England defended
ferociously, hitting the Wallaby ball-carriers hard on the gainline,
holding them up and driving them backwards.

No mistake: Nick Cummins evades the attentions of Toby Flood to score Australia's opening try

No mistake: Nick Cummins evades the attentions of Toby Flood to score Australia's opening try

No mistake: Nick Cummins evades the attentions of Toby Flood to score Australia's opening try

But as the first half wore on,
England began to slip off key first-up tackles and that allowed the
Wallabies to build the pressure.

Danny Care did well to halt Tatafu
Polota-Nau in the corner after Australia had attempted a crafty short
lineout but they were soon on the back foot again.

Michael Hooper, the Australian
openside with an English father, slipped through Tom Youngs' tackle and
offloaded to Cummins, forcing England to scramble again.

Wycliff Palu, Cummins and Alexander
were all halted in their tracks before Barnes slotted the drop goal to
bring the Wallabies level.

England built the phases for the
first time but without any real menace, unlike the Wallabies who won a
scrum against the head and then released Cummins on the outside again.

Tuilagi and then Flood made
half-breaks for England before Thomas Waldrom took a quick tap penalty
and flicked the ball inside to Chris Robshaw.

Brace yourself: Chris Robshaw prepares to be hit by Wycliff Palu and Nicholas Phipps

Brace yourself: Chris Robshaw prepares to be hit by Wycliff Palu and Nicholas Phipps

Hooper was forced to slow things down
illegally and Flood's second penalty crept over the bar to restore
England's lead but it was brief respite.

Hooper ran onto a long lineout and
the Wallabies hammered away at the England line before Ben Alexander,
with Benn Robinson on his shoulder, drove low from the ruck.

The television pictures were not
conclusive enough for the try to be awarded but Joe Marler was penalised
at the subsequent scrum, allowing the Wallabies to leave with some
points.

Flood responded with a third penalty
but Care, who had been very effective in defence, was punished for a
loose kick with Nick Phipps launching the counter-attack.

Phipps beat one defender and then
released Cummins with a questionably forward pass but the Wallaby wing
streaked down the right and dived over in the corner for his maiden Test
try.

Care made amends immediately, turning
down a kickable penalty to take the quick tap. Tom Johnson and Brad
Barritt shipped the ball wide for Tuilagi, who had Sharples on his
outside but decided to go himself.

Quick ball: Nick Phipps releases early for Australia

Quick ball: Nick Phipps releases early for Australia

Tuilagi powered through Beale and
Phipps and stretched for the line with the the TMO finally confirming he
had got the ball down on the whitewash.

Australia were back in the groove
immediately after the interval, with Barnes and Beale pulling the
strings and the Wallaby pack edging the set-piece battle.

Barnes slotted three penalties in
quick succession. England's response was to send on replacements and two
of them in particular made an immediate impact.

Joe Launchbury took a towering high
ball before Mako Vunipola burst though the line and Ashton arrowed
towards the corner before being tackled into touch just short of the
line.

Reliable: The right boot of Toby Flood accounted for nine points

Reliable: The right boot of Toby Flood accounted for nine points

England piled on the pressure, twice
rejecting penalty shots at goal in the hope of driving the Wallabies
back from the lineout and it almost worked but Waldrom lost control as
he grounded the ball.

This time the television official's decision went against England.

Barnes' long-range penalty attempt
fell short and Vunipola continued to cause damage to the Wallabies,
destroying one scrum and then carrying powerfully into the Australian
22.

England went for another quick tap
penalty and Waldrom came steaming onto the ball but he was chopped down
short of the line and again the gamble failed to pay off.

Kurtley Beale in the dock – Woeful Wallabies

It's looking woeful for Wallabies with Beale in the dock in latest episode of Aussie soap opera

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UPDATED:

22:37 GMT, 16 November 2012

In the dock: Beale trains at HQ on Friday

In the dock: Beale trains at HQ on Friday

A calamitous week for Australian rugby continued on Friday when playmaker Kurtley Beale was summoned to face an assault charge next February.

The embarrassment over Beale’s pending case follows David Campese denouncing head coach Robbie Deans and a poll of 12,000 Australians voting 75 per cent in favour of sacking the New Zealander.

Beale shrugged off the latest development about court proceedings after training at Twickenham.

‘I will need to speak to my lawyer, but all I’m doing is concentrating on this game,’ he said after insisting he had not heard about the court date.

The assault charge relates to an incident involving a hotel bouncer after the fly-half and colleague Quade Cooper were refused entry in the early hours of June 8 — a day before the Wallabies played Wales in Brisbane.

For the moment, the Australian Rugby Union has put on hold its own disciplinary inquiry into the late-night incident, pending the end of criminal proceedings.

Beale was far keener to talk about how he was going to give a revamped Wallaby back line ‘direction’ in a match the Australians are desperate to win after last weekend’s embarrassing 33-6 defeat by France.

The Wallabies claim they were caught out by the damp conditions in Paris after playing their previous games, in a stamina-sapping schedule, in the dry and warm of Brisbane, Rosario and Pretoria.

Beale is confident the return of wing Digby Ioane plus the decision to start the experienced Berrick Barnes at full back will give the Wallabies a winning edge.

Under pressure: Coach Robbie Deans (left)

Under pressure: Coach Robbie Deans (left) needs a result

‘We just need to get him (Digby) the ball so he can do his thing. He’s one of those who loves getting his hands on the ball.’

The Wallabies have also been comforted by the assured leadership of captain Nathan Sharpe, the veteran lock who thought he had played his last international match in last year’s World Cup.

However, the 34-year-old, who will be playing in his 113th international on Saturday, answered an SOS from Deans after injuries to James Horwill and Dan Vickerman.

‘Never say never,’ has become Sharpe’s mantra this year after agreeing to prolong a career. He might yet face the Lions next year.

SOS: Veteran lock Nathan Sharpe (second right) returns for Australia

SOS: Veteran lock Nathan Sharpe (second right) returns for Australia

‘It’s not under consideration at the moment,’ was how he rebuffed talk that he might play on in 2013.

‘We have a very big fish to fry first this weekend,’ he added.

Sharpe talked about a ‘siege mentality’ gripping the Wallabies camp this week after the defeat in Paris.

Such a thrashing, culminating in a penalty try when the scrum caved in, has re-ignited the fierce debate over the suitability of Deans, a New Zealander, being coach of a national team whose erratic form has prompted them to be nicknamed either ‘Woeful’ or the ‘Wobblies’.

Sharpe has also had to spend his time talking about the absent Cooper, who has a knee injury, claiming in Australia that the atmosphere in the camp was ‘toxic’.

All smiles: Beale will start at fly-half at Twickenham on Saturday

All smiles: Beale will start at fly-half at Twickenham on Saturday

‘This group gets on well and everyone is pulling for each other,’ Sharpe insisted this week and contends Cooper’s outburst is no longer an issue.

Sharpe believes the dips in form of the Wallabies have not been ‘across the park’ but in specific areas like the scrum last week when France dominated.

It will be Sharpe’s 12th match against England and he needs victory to make the score six wins and six defeats.

‘When you are playing Test match rugby for your country you are always under pressure. It’s nothing new for us,’ he said about an international schedule which will see the Wallabies play 15 games in 2012.

Ready to go: The Wallabies pose for their team photo at Twickenham on Saturday

Ready to go: The Wallabies pose for their team photo at Twickenham on Saturday

This latest match against England will be a test of character for his unpredictable team who drew 18-18 against New Zealand before the loss to France.

Sharpe wants to see Australia ‘outwill’ England, though he added they also needed a better method than last week against France.

‘It’s going to take more than character to win. Turning up and having a go won’t be good enough.

‘This English team is a good one and there is going to have to be a fair amount of exceptional play and some pretty tough rugby in between.’