REMORSELESS, reliable, emphatic.
The Australian press have already described Jonny Wilkinson as all of the above, and the England goal-kicker was also described as a "champion fly-half" following his 24-point haul against France in Sunday's semi-final.
With Australia lying in wait in Saturday's keenly-anticipated final, to discover such a sense of admiration for the pugnacious English comes as a shock.
But it seems as though the Aussies, who themselves displayed grit in abundance to overcome Antipodean rivals New Zealand on Saturday, have a grudging admiration for Clive Woodward's all-conquerors.
Here is what the Australian newspapers said about England yesterday:
THE AUSTRALIAN: For France, rugby's ultimate fair-weather team, the elements didn't make them feel nearly as miserable as the remorseless Jonny Wilkinson, whose three field goals and five penalty goals supplied all his side's points in England's 24-7 victory.
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD: Once again, England looked like a team that does not know how to lose, surviving everything a frustrated and gradually fraying French team threw at it.
HERALD SUN: Jonny Wilkinson stood up to his critics in the most emphatic fashion last night, dissecting France with 24 points to guide England to victory in their World Cup semi-final. Under intense scrutiny after several below par performances, the 24-year-old was peerless.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Australia's last step to a third World Cup title last night became the hardest of all when England's Jonny Wilkinson turned his kicking radar to a dream Ashes final.