England vs Australia LIVE Rugby: Eddie Jones extended his win streak over his native country as England ground down a stubborn Wallabies side
England chalked up an eighth successive victory over Australia on Saturday as tries for Freddie Steward and Jamie Blamire and the pinpoint goalkicking of Owen Farrell and Marcus Smith settled a penalty-ridden game 32-15 for the hosts.
England made most of the running in the first half and scored a superb try through fullback Steward after seven minutes but as both teams conceded a succession of penalties, Farrell and James O’Connor punished each other from the tee to keep it tight at 16-12 at halftime. The ragged, indisciplined nature continued in the second half Australia were hit with two yellow cards in the game – with neither side really threatening the tryline but England still in the ascendancy.
Farrell, winning his 100th cap for England and the Lions, went off injured after landing five penalties and a conversion but Smith added another penalty to stretch the lead before replacement hooker Blamire sent the home fans wild when he galloped in from 60 metres in the final minute.
England have now won all eight of their games against the Wallabies, who conceded 18 penalties, since they lost to them in the pool phase to be knocked out of the 2015 World Cup.
“We stuck at it,” said coach Eddie Jones. “We’ve had a tough week. Two Covid, Kyle Sinckler was injured in the first 10 minutes of the match – he was incapacitated. Australia have been in a bubble since June, so congrats to them for staying in it.”
ENGLAND VS AUSTRALIA
- Kick-off 5:30pm GMT at Twickenham
- England: Freddie Steward; Manu Tuilagi, Henry Slade, Owen Farrell, Jonny May; Marcus Smith, Ben Youngs; Bevan Rodd, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Jonny Hill, Courtney Lawes, Sam Underhill, Tom Curry
- Australia: Kurtley Beale; Andrew Kellaway, Len Ikitau; Hunter Paisami, Tom Wright; James O’Connor, Nic White; Angus Bell, Folau Fainga’a, James Slipper, Rory Arnold, Izack Rodda, Rob Leota, Michael Hooper, Rob Valentini.
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That just about does us for our live coverage of England’s win over Australia. Eddie Jones’ side survive a strange affair at Twickenham to make it two from two this autumn, both games won without conceding a try. Their attack will have to fire more fully against the Springboks next week, you’d think, but for the eighth successive time since Jones took charge England have won the Cook Cup.
We’ll have plenty more reaction to and analysis of today’s game over the next couple of days. Thank you for joining us.
Owen Farrell on his injury
20:27 , Harry Latham-Coyle
Farrell reveals he took a bang to the ankle, but reckons he should be fit for next weekend’s game against South Africa.
Jamie George took a knock to the knee, Eddie Jones says, and England will assess him on Monday. Joe Marler is out of isolation on Thursday evening and is “a possibility” for South Africa next Saturday.
Eddie Jones on England’s win
20:23 , Harry Latham-Coyle
“We’ve had a disrupted week. We had two Covid positives, a young prop come in and have one training run and start, we lostJamie George at halftime. We had to battle hard. It turned out to be a really heavy penalty game, a lot of set-piece battles. I was really pleased with the way our finishers finished the game.
“Bevan Rodd, to make his debut against someone with 113 caps and play 65, 70 minutes is a remarkable job from a young prop. Jamie Blamire we have identified can make a really good Test hooker. He’s got the scent for the ball. He’s got to do some work on his set-piece but most guys do. Both the young guys went well.”
Australia struggle to get going
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It was an odd sort of performance from Australia, who defended well at times but never really got going in attack.
“We haven’t performed with the accuracy or consistency that we needed,” says Dave Rennie post-game. “We’ve got to be disciplined and we’ve got to be accurate – we were neither tonight.”
Michael Hooper adds: “We are not building momentum. We’ve got to work out what that looks like.”
Owen Farrell’s injury a concern
19:44 , Harry Latham-Coyle
Owen Farrell looked to be moving far more freely when shaking hands after full-time. He had been having a right old natter with his head coach moments beforehand.
Will he be available for South Africa? England’s attack flickered today without properly igniting, and the first indications from the Farrell/Marcus Smith playmaking partnership were largely positive.
England make it two from two
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FT: England 32-15 Australia
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Victory by a not insubstantial margin in the end for England, but that was a curious affair, a game England controlled almost completely but never looked close to putting beyond doubt. Australia stuck around well, tightening up defensively in their own red zone to frustrate England and keep them from building on plenty of nice attacking moments in the middle portion of the pitch.
Plenty of penalties took a little of the steam out of the game, which never really built momentum, but England make it two from two for the autumn.
FULL TIME: ENGLAND 32-15 AUSTRALIA
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TRY! ENGLAND 32-15 Australia (Jamie Blamire try, 80 minutes)
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Jamie Blamire simply cannot stop scoring in England white! Another try for the replacement hooker and England add some final gloss to the victory.
It comes from outstanding attacking play from Australia, dancing in open space for only the second or third time all evening. Tolu Latu combines with Len Ikitau down the right but the ball is spilled as they try and work intricate patterns, and Sam Simmonds looks up to see room in front of him as the ball ends up in his breadbasket.
Down the left touchline he sprints, burning the fatigued Australian chasers and drawing the last defender. Blamire wisely lurks in the Australia half, waiting for his teammate to arrive and getting his engine started as he does, collecting the pass and romping home in what is, by now, trademark fashion.
Marcus Smith puts over the extra two and that makes the win look a little prettier for England.
England 25-15 Australia, 78 minutes
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England twice threaten to cut pleasant shapes through the Australian defence. Max Malins first tumbles over a tackler as he tries to jink and jump inside having been freed in a strip of space on the right, before Henry Slade arcs, arcs, and arcs some more to the outside edge but finds support lacking and forces an errant offload.
Australia play to potential counter-attacking space but an outstanding chase down from Alex Dombrandt on the angle forces the ball free.
England 25-15 Australia, 75 minutes
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Another England change and this will necessitate another change of captain. Courtney Lawes is replaced by Sam Simmonds, and Tom Curry takes over as chief point of contact as Australia feed a scrum.
The Wallabies win a free kick and tap quickly, but a dreadful grubber is picked up by an offside player and Jaco Peyper has his arm up again. England penalty, and as the time ticks by you’d say that is probably that for Australia’s chances. Henry Slade pushes the penalty down towards the 22.
England 25-15 Australia, 73 minutes
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Tom Robertson has come on fo Australia and is taken man and ball as he tries to swivel away a pass, just about clinging on.
The two sides exchange kicks, as they have done for much of this half. Raffi Quirke goes underground as he lands after clutching one ball tumbling from the heavens, cleverly avoiding a heavy contact.
Australia try something more adventurous, a chip that lands in open pasture, but eventually Freddie Steward grasps it. That’s poor, though – a skew straight out with acres and acres of space in to which he could have prodded the ball and Australia will have a lineout inside the England half.
PENALTY! ENGLAND 25-15 Australia (Marcus Smith penalty, 72 minutes)
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Before Smith has his shot at goal, an England debut for Raffi Quirke. He’s on at scrum-half, arriving at the party together with Trevor Davison and Will Stuart as England also swap props.
Here’s Smith’s kick – it’s over! England lead by ten.
England 22-15 Australia, 71 minutes
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There is still a disrupted feel to this contest. Australia have barely had a sniff of a try but with a seven-point margin, one clean break and they could be level. England thus play the percentages – Ben Youngs booting as far as he possibly can as he box kicks ball away.
Hang on, England have a penalty, too! Nic White protests his innocence but the moustachioed scrum-half has clearly stepped across Max Malins as he chases. White is still arguing even as the footage on the big screen confirms it. Marcus Smith has taken over kicking duties and will look to put England out of the reach of a single score…
England 22-15 Australia, 68 minutes
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Trouble for England – Owen Farrell is limping off! Very, very slowly, too – he doesn’t look in a good way at all.
Max Malins replaces him, presumably taking Manu Tuilagi’s spot on the wing as Tuilagi re-familiarises himself with his more conventional midfield home. Courtney Lawes takes the captaincy, and immediately questions Jaco Peyper as the referee awards a breakdown penalty the way of Australia.
England 22-15 Australia, 67 minutes
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Impressive from Bevan Rodd! Another emphatic win of his individual battle at the scrum and another penalty awarded England’s way. 67 minutes in on debut and still making an impact – it’s been a solid opening performance from the 21-year-old.
England 22-15 Australia, 66 minutes
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Australia throw a lineout quickly, the oval ball drifting invitingly on the autumnal evening air but into James O’Connor’s hands with just enough time for the fly-half to sprint away from an arriving Manu Tuilagi and lessen the force of the England wing’s hit.
O’Connor gets a good offload away and Rob Valetini has space into which he can sprint, but Marcus Smith just about grabs his shoelaces and Australia soon knock-on.
PENALTY! ENGLAND 22-15 Australia (Owen Farrell penalty, 65 minutes)
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Owen Farrell is accurate on this occasion – his fifth three-pointer, and England extend their advantage.
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: Alex Dombrandt is on permanently, with Sam Underhill’s return a short one, while Australia swap hookers – Tolu Latu, now France-based, makes his Wallabies return with Folau Fainga’a off.
England 19-15 Australia, 63 minutes
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Before they can set it, Australia call for the enormous Will Skelton to lend some second row mass. Rory Arnold goes off.
It matters not – Bevan Rodd munches his man and draws a penalty advantage.
England kick crossfield…into Australian hands, and Freddie Steward is a touch lucky that the catcher lands safely as he rather bashes against them while still in the air.
England 19-15 Australia, 62 minutes
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Australia concede a free kick at the lineout, though. Neither side has really found true flow in this half, plenty of scrappy, inaccurate stuff.
Marcus Smith sends the free kick for the moon, asking Manu Tuilagi to get after it, and Tuilagi makes the tackle.
There is space on the right for Australia, but a poor pass falls from the fingertips of Kurtley Beale, and England will now have fine attacking position and the scrum feed on the fringes of the Australia 22.
England 19-15 Australia, 60 minutes
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Bell goes into battle here as England feed a scrum on halfway, and he’s won a penalty, too! Coaches Petrus du Plessis and Scott Wisemantel chuckle in delight as the loosehead forces Kyle Sinckler to ground.
England 19-15 Australia, 58 minutes
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Sam Underhill has been stitched back together and has rejoined affairs, with Alex Dombrandt, prominent since coming on, back to the bench for a presumably brief refresh before coming on permanently in the not too distant future.
Angus Bell has also been back with us for the last minute or so at the conclusion of his ten minutes in the bin.
England 19-15 Australia, 57 minutes
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England are just making a few silly errors now, Courtney Lawes isolating himself with an aimless wander inside his 22 and England infringing at the ruck.
Hang on! Stuart Berry, rather earning his money this evening, calls in – there’s a no-arms tackle on Lawes. The penalty is reversed.
England 19-15 Australia, 56 minutes
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England pinch more Australian ball at the back of the lineout and play to width, the ball tumbling free as Henry Slade tries to release the outside man. The home side think there was an Australian hand involved – actually, it’s off the head, so it will be an Australia lineout.
England 19-15 Australia, 54 minutes
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End-to-end! First England scythe through, Manu Tuilagi making a half-break and offloading to Alex Dombrandt, who sets his ship on a collision course into Kurtley Beale, who actually does a rather good job as a speed bump.
Australia then nick the ball, and Hunter Paisami answers with a break of his own, weaving hither and thither and charging unchallenged some sixty metres. England win a turnover, but are then loose at a ruck and Australia have it back.
They will eventually have a lineout after Marcus Smith claims a mark from an ill-advised chip, and the Australian captain is down!
Michael Hooper’s race is run! The openside sits on the Twickenham turf, clearly in pain, and he won’t be able to continue. Pete Samu replaces him – that’s a significant blow for Australia. Hooper had been typically ubiquitous.
MISSED PENALTY! England 19-15 Australia, 53 minutes
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Dragged wide! Owen Farrell curses under his breath as he gets his kick wrong and that’s the first miss of the evening.
England 19-15 Australia, 51 minutes
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Can England use their man advantage better in this half? They start well, winning a penalty, but then have another lineout mishap as Jamie Blamire overthrows Courtney Lawes at his apex.
But Australia then hold on and Owen Farrell is asking for the tee again. The cone carriers are earning their money.
PENALTY! ENGLAND 19-15 Australia (Owen Farrell penalty, 49 minutes)
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Owen Farrell duly knocks through the three points, while England have been forced into a change – Sam Underhill had blood pouring from his face a moment ago and he will trot off, with Alex Dombrandt into the game.
YELLOW CARD! James Slipper is sent to the sin bin! England 16-15 Australia, 48 minutes
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Another yellow! It’s a horrible tackle from Bell, unnecessarily lifting Lawes after the England flanker releases a pass.
Bell lays down the Lawes rather abruptly, dropping him on his shoulder, and Jaco Peyper lays down the law after a consultation with the TMO – Australia lose their loosehead.
England 16-15 Australia, 48 minutes
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Howls of disapproval from the England fans – twice! First an awkward high shot on a carrying player, which is just a penalty, but Angus Bell is probably in more trouble for his late, unsafe dumping of Courtney Lawes…
HELD UP! England 16-15 Australia, 46 minutes
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Nearly an opportunistic England score! The ball somehow springs free of an assembling Australia maul, falling perfectly for Jonny Hill, who sets about rumbling for the line.
His teammates join him and over it goes at some speed, but Australia manage to get bodies beneath the ball and hold Hill up. Goalline drop out.
England 16-15 Australia, 45 minutes
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England defuse another high bomb from Nic White – they’ve coped well aerially so far, with Manu Tuilagi seldom, if ever, in the backfield.
Ben Youngs pushes Australia back with his own boxed number, a flatter one that tumbles down just short of the Australian 22, where it trundles into touch.
England 16-15 Australia, 44 minutes
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A nervy moment inside the Australian 22 as a rare second pass deep in their own territory slips free of O’Connor’s grasp, but it tumbles backward – fortunately for the Wallabies.
Nic White then clears well. Jamie Blamire’s first dart rather misses the board, on the outside of Courtney Lawes’ leap and called not straight. Australia somewhat surprisingly will opt for a lineout rather than a scrum.
PENALTY! England 16-15 AUSTRALIA (James O’Connor penalty, 43 minutes)
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Penalty number five knocked between the posts.
England 16-12 Australia, 41 minutes
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Bevan Rodd carries in midfield with Maro Itoje, without a scrum cap today, interestingly, alongside him for support, but the second row goes off his feet and is rightly pinged by Jaco Peyper.
Here’s a picture we’ve seen before – James O’Connor will plant the ball on the tee.
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The second half is underway.
The players are back out there
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A half-time change for England – Jamie George was struggling at the end of the first half after injuring himself in attempting to score in the corner, and he has not re-emerged. Jamie Blamire is on in his stead as Australia kick off…
The Wright decision?
18:29 , Harry Latham-Coyle
Australia will be relieved that they did not fold during the yellow card period, but they are probably a touch fortunate that it was yellow and not red for Tom Wright – he got his technique all wrong and though Jamie George stepped late in to him, Wright was high all the way and made direct contact with the head. Jaco Peyper and TMO Stuart Berry’s reasons for mitigation were fair enough, but given the crackdown on that sort of collision other officials might have concluded differently.
The Marcus Smith Show
18:25 , Harry Latham-Coyle
The Twickenham crowd has cheered every glimpse of the Marcus Smith show so far. His pass for Steward’s score was perfectly timed and England are broadening their attack nicely with Smith and Owen Farrell in combination, and Eddie Jones will be disappointed his side have been a little loose at times in the 22, for much of their phase play in the middle third of the pitch has been excellent.
HT: England 16-12 Australia
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A slightly strange half, that, punctuated and punctured by the interventions of Jaco Peyper and his whistle, with Australia penalised ten times. England have had plenty of ball and territory but have lacked a little bit of final accuracy to make it count, other than Freddie Steward’s early burst through for the opening try.
Of course, but for Nic White’s sharp defensive work, Jamie George would have been over, too, but as it is a four-point lead leaves both sides very, very much in it.
HALF TIME: ENGLAND 16-12 AUSTRALIA
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PENALTY! England 16-12 AUSTRALIA (James O’Connor penalty, 40 minutes)
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Through it flies and, as a bonus, Australia are restored to fifteen men as Tom Wright makes his return for the final exchanges of the first half.
England 16-9 Australia, 39 minutes
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England are then offside in midfield after the lineout as they get over-eager in rushing up in defence. Indeed, touch judge AJ Jacobs confirms that the entire England backline was offside. James O’Connor will line a fourth penalty up for the posts.
England 16-9 Australia, 37 minutes
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“Yes Slippy!” is the cry as Australia win a scrum penalty! James Slipper gets the pats on the back as he drives through Bevan Rodd, who is turned inwards, and Jaco Peyper penalises England.
England 16-9 Australia, 36 minutes
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Australia kick it long and England give Manu Tuilagi a runway, thundering in to two Australian tacklers who just about fell the fast-moving centre-cum-wing.
England are a little short of numbers on the right as Owen Farrell assess his options, the England skipper eventually electing to kick. It hits an Australian hand – ruled a knock-on. England scrum feed on the ten metre line inside the Australian half.
NO TRY! England 16-9 Australia, 35 minutes
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What a tackle from Nic White! That is an incredible intervention from the scrum-half, rushing back to jar the ball free from Jamie George’s grasp as the hooker readied his grounding having burst away from the maul.
Michael Hooper had done magnificently to slow George sufficiently to allow White to race back, but the Saracen was over for all money. White targets the ball and out it spills – five points saved for certain.
Australia will have a goalline drop out.
England 16-9 Australia, 33 minutes
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The Twickenham crowd howls in disapproval as Owen Farrell pokes through and Manu Tuilagi appears to be blocked, but there was no clear change of line from the Australian player and England will have to be content with the penalty they had earned at the maul.
After a brief scintilla of excitement as England score having quick-tapped from the wrong mark, back for the corner the burly men will go.
England 16-9 Australia, 31 minutes
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England strip a Wallabies carrier in the tackle and suddenly there are possibilities on the right! Owen Farrell toes ahead into space left vacant by the absent wright and off after it are Freddie Steward and Manu Tuilagi, somehow each contriving to miss the bobbling ball.
Eventually England do smother it and Tom Curry is taken over the shoulder in the tackle. Nic White penalised for his high shot…
…Owen Farrell prods it into the corner
PENALTY! ENGLAND 16-9 Australia (Owen Farrell penalty, 30 minutes)
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And as Wright makes his way off, Owen Farrell plops the ball down on the tee and adds three more to his and England’s tally.
YELLOW CARD! Tom Wright is sent to the sin bin, England 13-9 Australia, 29 minutes
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Yellow! Kurtley Beale had clung to George around the waist and Wright had arrived on his heels, failing to dip as he tackles and making limited attempt to wrap as George’s bonce bounces against the top of his arm.
“We don’t believe it is a high level of danger,” says Jaco Peyper, citing the fact that Wright was on the back foot and not launching himself at George. Into his pocket he goes, and out comes the yellow square – Wright will have a ten-minute sit on the naughty step.
England 13-9 Australia, 29 minutes
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Jamie George on the rumble! A delightfully deft use of hands and eyes at the line from Courtney Lawes, taking a wallop but slipping his hooker through a gaping hole that opens as he does, and George sets off with fierce intent.
He’s dragged down, and where is Tom Wright’s shoulder going? Right into the head of George as he tries to join his teammate in the tackle! This could be red.
England 13-9 Australia, 28 minutes
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Henry Slade just about gets beneath an awkwardly bouncing ball and kicks to James O’Connor, who puts up his own skyward hoist.
O’Connor sprints after it but leaps about a year and a half too soon for it, colliding awkwardly with Freddie Steward as the full back collects above him. Penalty to England.
England 13-9 Australia, 27 minutes
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England play to width off the lineout and CRUNCH! Hunter Paisami flies out of the line and tonks Marcus Smith, rather leading with his head and copping a nasty bang but forcing Smith’s pass to fly errantly – and forward.
Paisami stays down for a moment, but he’s reasonably swiftly back on his feet. He has a chat with Wallabies (and former England) attack coach Scott Wisemantel, lugging the liquids as a water carrier.
England 13-9 Australia, 26 minutes
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A lively little front of the lineout move is well executed by Australia, but Folau Fainga’a wastes the good work of him and his teammate by failing to keep his feet at the ruck. England penalty.
England 13-9 Australia, 24 minutes
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Excellent maul defence from Australia, but where are England going here? A gorgeous fade on the pass from Henry Slade as Marcus Smith whips it to him, but the centre fails to square up the defence and forces Jonny May to check on his pass, allowing Australia to get two men across and force him into touch.
Australia then win a penalty at the lineout to allow them an easy clearing job.
England 13-9 Australia, 23 minutes
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But, almost inevitably, the scrum collapses in a heap, with James Slipper picked out as the cause of it – the Wallabies’ makeshift loosehead is penalised.
An outstanding kick for the touchline means Jamie George will throw a five-metre lineout, the hooker sprinting down in anticipation of a muscular maul…
England 13-9 Australia, 22 minutes
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We’ve heard rather a lot of Jaco Peyper in this half, and he’s again putting his Acme to his mouth as Folau Fainga’a joins a lineout too soon. England take a scrum option for a chance to have a shove 15 metres in on halfway, with plenty of attacking options to the openside and Freddie Steward lurking on the blind.
PENALTY! England 13-9 AUSTRALIA (James O’Connor penalty, 21 minutes)
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James O’Connor taps through his third penalty
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