England: (13) 37
Tries: May, Daly, Cokanasiga, Farrell Cons: Farrell 4 Pens: Farrell 3
Australia: (13) 18
Tries: Folau 2 Cons: Toomua Pens: Toomua 2
England finished off the Autumn series and a 2018 that they would want to forget with a 24 point unanswered second half blitz against Australians at Twickenham.
England’s Jonny May had got the boys in white off to an excellent start with a try in the corner within minutes of the kick off which Fly Half Owen Farrell converted to give the home side a 7-0 lead. With England dominating early they increased the lead with a Farrell penalty, before the both teams exchanged penalties to make it 10-3 to England. Farrell added yet another penalty as time ran out but as the Wallabies started to grow into the game Israel Folau ran an outstanding line to collect the short pass and score next to the posts making it 13-10.
These seemed to wake the Wallabies up and with a minute remining of the half they were denied what seemed to be an obvious Penalty try as Farrell’s shoulder challenge style tackle stopped Izack Rodda only meters from the line. Australia were at the time playing advantage for an England off side and from their Matt Toomua kicked the penalty to level the scores at the break.
The second half was all England as within minutes of the restart, Owen Farrell produce a superb off load to release Elliot Daly who put the foot on the gas and out paced the Wallabies defence to cross. Next up it was Bath Wingman Joe Cokanasiga who showed both his pace and strength to bump out of the attempted tackle by Haylett-Petty, before heading straight for the line to score his second in two games for England, Farrell added both Conversions before increasing England’s advantage with a penalty.
It was the England fly half Farrell who finished the scoring for his side shortly after the arrival of Manu Tuilagi who’s powerful running deceived the Australian defence as the ball went behind him to Farrell to walk through a huge gap, before he converted his own try.
Australia did have the last say as Folau scored on the final whistle after some good work from Haylett-Petty but it was far to little to late for Michael Cheika’s side who have a lot of work to do before next years World Cup starts in September.
England: Daly; Cokanasiga, Slade (Tuilagi 69), Te'o (Ford 75), May; Farrell (c), Youngs (Wigglesworth 57); Moon (Hepburn 69), George (Hartley 72), Sinckler (Williams 57), Itoje, Lawes (Ewels 77), Shields, Underhill (Hughes 75), Wilson.
Australia: Folau; Haylett-Petty, Kerevi, Foley, Maddocks(Naivalu 41, Koroibete 69); To'omua, Genia (Phipps 69); Sio (Ainsley 67), Latu (Polota-Nau 49), Kepu (Alaalatoa 57), Rodda, Coleman (Simmons 69), Dempsey, Hooper (c), Samu (Hanigan 57).