The build-up to this weekend's massive grudge match between age-old rivals England and Australia has been nothing short of exhilarating. Both sides came into the tie off the back of wins last weekend, Australia easing passed Wales in the end while England managed to hold off a valiant Argentinean side at Twickenham.
Autumn internationals are famous for hard-hitting rugby as the northern hemisphere welcomes the usually dominant southern hemisphere to its shores for some of the most hotly anticipated affairs of the year and 2017 has been no different.
Eddie Jones and his men knew they would be welcoming a completely different beast to Argentina when the Australians rolled into town, and it would not have been hard for the Australian coach to get his charges fired up ahead of the coming together of two of the sports biggest rivals.
As the fog lay low over the expectant Twickenham cauldron, the match kicked off in extremely difficult conditions and it showed. The initial exchanges were categorised by poor handling and plenty of kicking as both sides fenced from a distance looking for a foothold in the game.
However, eleven minutes in, it seemed enormous English lock Courtney Lawes had gotten bored of the kicking and, spotting Australian full-back Kurtley Beale hurtling in his direction, he spied an unmissable opportunity.
Lawes absolutely flattened Beale with a crunching tackle, launching the Australian backwards before dumping him into the hallowed Twickenham turf. The home crowd roared approval and they were not the only ones.
Up until that point there had been little to remark on about the game but after that smashing hit, England fans took to Twitter to voice their approval of Lawes, and some, pity for poor old Kurtley Beale.
It is no secret that Lawes is an absolutely massive man and one has to feel for Kurtley Beale who certainly copped one of the biggest hits of his career.
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