‘We played against the whole stadium’ – Vunipola

Date published: June 20 2016

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England number eight Billy Vunipola believes their efforts have been rewarded for winning the Test series but insists they are chasing a three-nil victory ‘down under’.

Eddie Jones’ side beat the Wallabies 23-7 in Melbourne to seal their first-ever series victory in Australia and Vunipola was proud of the team’s defence.

The resilient and clinical defensive effort from the visitors inspired their series clinching victory, with only 29 and 26 percent for possession and territory respectively.

“There’s a lot of amazing things in the world but today I think we just got the just reward for the effort we put in,” Vunipola said.

“We’re going to enjoy tonight but we’ve got another big game next weekend. We’re not losing sight of where we are, we said we wanted to win three-nil so that’s what we need to focus on.”

The Wallabies were only able to score one try at the AAMI Stadium and England made 200 tackles during the 80 minutes of rugby.

“The noise was great, it was us against the whole stadium so it felt good to hold them out for so long and then finally get over the edge right at the end,” he added.

“There were a lot of defensive turnovers so Gussy (Paul Gustard) will be happy, Eddie will be happy, we’re all happy.”

Following the final whistle Head Coach Eddie Jones praised the performance of Man of the Match Chris Robshaw and the Harlequins flank was humbled by a ‘special week’.

“It’s been a pretty special week topped off by a pretty incredible game today,” said Robshaw.

“It was all about coming down here to win the series and I think everyone, whether it was the guys playing today or those who weren’t involved, has been outstanding. It’s straight back to work on Monday and all gun-hoe for next Saturday.”

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