England Beats Australia 35-18 in Rugby Test; N.Z. Routs Scots

Chris Ashton scored two tries and Toby Flood kicked a record 25 points as England beat Australia 35-18 in an international rugby Test in London.

Winger Ashton scored a try in each half yesterday, the second a 90-meter dash to the line, while Flood’s 25 points were the most by any player in a Test between the teams. England’s 35 points was its highest total against the Wallabies.

“Everyone played their hearts out,” England captain Lewis Moody said in an interview with Sky Sports. “It was a great performance from the squad today. Everyone stepped up.”

England’s second straight victory over Australia after winning 21-20 in Sydney in June secured its first Twickenham win over a Tri-Nations team in four years.

Kurtley Beale scored two tries for Australia, which had beaten top-ranked New Zealand and Wales the past two weekends.

“It was a very good performance from a sharp England side,” Australian captain Rocky Elsom told Sky Sports.

England took a 16-6 halftime lead on Ashton’s try and three penalties from Flood. Another Flood penalty and Ashton’s second try increased the lead to 26-6 early in the second half.

Beale scored a try in the 53th minute, though O’Connor failed to convert, and Flood kicked another penalty. Beale then touched down again in the 69th minute, before Flood closed the scoring with two more penalties.

Mils Muliaina and Hosea Gear each scored twice as New Zealand ran in seven converted tries to rout Scotland 49-3 in Edinburgh. Elsewhere, France defeated Fiji 34-12, South Africa won 29-25 in Wales, Ireland beat Samoa 20-10, and Argentina defeated Italy 22-16.

In Montevideo, Uruguay and Romania drew 21-21 in the first match of their home-and-away playoff to decide the 20th and final spot at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Romania will host the return game Nov. 27 in Bucharest, with the winner over the two-match series advancing to Pool B at next year’s tournament alongside Argentina, England, Scotland and Georgia.

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