Johnson blasts woeful England

Martin Johnson blew his top after England wasted a golden chance to beat Australia in their own back yard. 

Johnson was furious after England failed to capitalise on their crushing dominance in the scrum and fell to a 27-17 defeat in Perth. England's experienced pack dismantled the rookie Australian front row to earn two second-half penalty tries - but England missed a remarkable 30 tackles as the Wallabies ran in three tries, with fly-half Quade Cooper touching down twice after Rocky Elsom had opened the scoring.

"I think that is as harsh as I have been with them," Johnson said after addressing his players in the changing room. "We said we should be angry with ourselves. If you give it a decent shot and get beaten (that is one thing) but when you add to it in the way we did it is disappointing."

He added: "The scrum played a big factor in the game but not enough for us to win. We make it too easy for the opposition.

"You have to be very good down here to win games. We didn't help ourselves.

"We started very poorly. We were more than a little off the pace, gave them a lot of chances and put ourselves in trouble.

"We had enough chances to put ourselves in the game. Their composure on the ball was better.

"It is accuracy and execution. Their line speed was better and took away our time on the ball.

"But if you concede three tries you are probably not going to win. The missed tackle count was not healthy.

"We have got to be better. We can't expect to get two penalty tries every week."

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