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Australia v England - LIVE
80 Time up on the clock, England ten points behind but have one final run. They want to end off on a high, but it's not going to happen after a free kick is awarded to Australia - England guilty of obstruction. The host can kick for points if they want... nope, they've had enough as Cooper brings the 32,000 crowd to their feet after banging the ball into touch. Australia win, and well deserved! Thanks for joining us folks.
77 With O'Connor off the field, who will take the pot at goal? Cooper steps up and makes no mistake - over! That should now wrap it up for the Wallabies... 27-17
75 Jonny Wilkinson is called upon to try and weave his magic for England - it might be a little too late though as the visitors are guilty of giving away yet another kickable penalty....another replacement James Haskell the guilty party.
73 Are we going to see a Cook Cup upset? A try will put England in front for the first time in this match, but they may need more than that after replacement Courtney Lawes gives away a crucial penalty. O'Connor will go for posts and doesn't let his team-mates down - important kick and he nailed it. 24-17
70 Flood will have no trouble with the conversion and England are right back in this match... again! 21-17
69 Richard Brown makes his way off the field for prop Ben Daley who will anchor the scrum in the place of Ma'afu. England still have the put-in... again, it's the Wallaby front row that collapse under pressure and can you believe it? It's another penalty try!
67 As expected, the Wallaby scrum is struggling. Three resets later and again the ref has had enough and shows a yellow card to prop Salesi Ma'afu. The Wallabies down to 14 men...
65 Australia with the counter, but Barnes' pass to Ioane is forward. The crowd thought he was away there for what would have been the match-winner for Australia. Instead, England have an attacking scrum.
63 Mark Cueto wants a piece of the action and nearly finds a way through. You can sense a try coming for the English, but who will get it for them? It's Chris Ashton! No, he's brought down centimeters out and throws possession away in a bid to find the supporting player. Barnes picks up the loose ball and all of England's hard work is undone in an instant.
60 England aren't lying down for this one and fight their way back towards Australia's line. Flood with the dummy, but he didn't fool anyone. Tindall takes it up - he's been a threat all night with ball in hand - and nearly bags a try for his efforts. Credit to the Wallaby defence, they're not giving an inch!
58 O'Connor with the touchline conversion, and it's.... over! Well, off the post but they all count. Australia stretch their lead once again. 21-10
57 Whatever England do, the Wallabies can do better. Cooper with a cut-out pass to Ioane who takes out wide and sets off down the left-hand touchline. He could go all he way here, a desperate tackle from Cueto brings his man down but Cooper is in support, takes the pop from Ioane and dives over for his second five-pointer of the night! Cooper started and ended that move - genius.
55 Flood knocks over the conversion from in front and England - surprisingly - are right back in this match! It's game on folks. 14-10
54 After several resets in the scrum and a warning from the ref on each occasion, Nigel Owens loses his patience with the Wallabies and awards England a penalty try!
50 Tindall on the burst! He's made 30 yards, but gets hurled down 5m out from the line - the cavalry arrives quickly though and England are throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the Wallaby tryline. Shaw, Thompson, Cole and Easter all have a go but all are stopped short. Finally Tom Croft powers over, but the ref calls in the TMO to decide. Nope, held up - so England will have the 5m scrum.
47 Here come the Wallabies! Some good skill between O'Connor and Digby Ioane out wide finds the men in gold closing in on England's line. An inside pass over the top by Ioane though misses his man and finds Mark Cueto instead who turns and thumps the ball clear.
45 The ensuing scrum from Care's knock-on turns into a penalty for England after the Wallaby front row gets blown up for early engagement. Flood will have another go here - England still looking for their first points... and get them! 14-3
44 Line-out to the visitors, Care tries a dart around his forwards but is greeted with a monster hit by Rocky Elsom. Bang! Care won't try that again in a hurry as the ball goes forward and he goes back.
42 SECOND HALF: Welcome back as Flood gets the second forty underway. Early problems for England as their skipper Lewis Moody hits the deck hard after hitting his head on Drew Mitchell's knee. Ouch! He doesn't look good, but stays on. Tough as nails, is the former Tiger.
40 The Wallabies hunting one more score before half-time as Burgess sparks an attack from inside his 22. He's lost it in the tackle though, so England will have one last crack. Tom Palmer offloads in the tackle, but Nick Easter can't take and the ball goes flying forward - it's just getting worse for England out there. The ref does them a favour and blows half-time. The English need a miracle in the second half if they want to win this Test. See you after the break!
36 Steve Thompson throws long to Nick Easter at the back, the number eight runs away from his forwards and gets stranded. So much for the line-out and maul. Simon Shaw has a go, but gets taken three metres back! England try regroup - the backs try their luck, but a wayward pass from Shontayne Hape to Mike Tindall sees the latter knock-on.
34 England need to score next if they are to have any hope of winning this match. A penalty is a good start, but captain Lewis Moody has instructed Flood to kick for touch - they going for the line-out and drive. Can they make it count?
31 O'Connor won't miss from bang in front and adds the extras. 14-0
30 Line- out to the Wallabies and it's a bit of a juggle in the air, eventually it comes out on Australia's side as Burgess feeds his backs. Barnes finds a hole and takes it - he's managed to stay on his feet well in the tackle, which allows a sweetly timed inside pass to a flying Cooper who will go in untouched under the poles. Geez, blink and you missed it! Australia have try number two and Cooper is over the moon... he enjoyed that. 12-0
26 Scrappy again from both sides, as Brown follows up his penalty blunder by knocking on in midfield. Danny Care tries to pick up the loose ball and counter-attack but he fumbles the pigskin too!
23 England will finally get a shot at goal thanks to Richard Brown entering the ruck off his feet. Flood lines it up, but he also can't make his first chance at three points count as the ball drifts wide. England yet to get on the board in Perth.
20 Five line-breaks from the Wallabies so far in this match but ten handling errors while England are yet to really threaten their hosts' line in this match. High ball from Cooper, and Flood jumps up for it - both come crashing down with Flood hanging around Cooper's neck. No penalty for foul play, but what was the Englishman thinking?
18 O'Connor with the conversion attempt - he made a mess of his first one but raises the flags this time round. Super kick from the Wallaby youngster. 7-0
17 Flood now with the clearance kick, but finds Mitchell instead. He runs it back and breaks clear! The Wallaby winger has one man to beat, but runs straight into Ben Foden's shoulder. Quick recycle ball, and it goes left where Berrick Barnes and Rob Horne do well to keep it alive. Back to the right it goes - England's defence being streched here as Rocky Elsom finishes off with a run-in from out wide for Australia's opening try. That was pure class. First blood to the Aussies!
14 Australia take it down the short side from the scrum and Drew Mitchell has a dart - he's done well to tiptoe his way along the sideline and it takes three English defenders to bring him down inches from the tryline as his foot finds touch. Wow, that was close!
12 Toby Flood now with the punt ahead from inside his 22, but the England pivot's kick gets charged down! He's quick to recover though and has another go - he's put a lot of weight behind it as the ball rolls, and roll and rolls some more all the way over the Wallaby deadball line which means play will come back from where Flood kicked it... a good 80m back!
10 At last, chance at three points for Australia after Lewis Moody is penalised for not rolling away at the tackle. James O'Connor will line this one up in the absence of the injured Matt Giteau. It's about 35m out, but he's hooked it. Poor attempt and an opportunity to take the lead goes begging.
7 No score yet from Perth - the Wallabies denied a certain five-pointer after referee Nigel Owens ruled a forward pass from Cooper to Elsom. Very close call, but the Wallaby skipper would have been away...
4 Free kick to the visitors and Danny Care takes a quick tap, before setting Ben Foden away. The England full-back drops ball to boot and gives chase - James O'Connor is back for Australia though and collects brilliantly. A little sidestep is followed up with a monster punt into touch. Line-out on halfway.
2 First throw for debutant Saia Faingaa in a Test match - he finds his man as Nathan Sharpe taps it down to Luke Burgess who takes his eye off the ball and knocks on! Big sigh from the Subiaco crowd - that will set up a scrum for England - scrappy start.
1 And we're underway as Quade Cooper kicks off! Nick Easter takes in, tries to get England going forward but gets taken out into touch. First line-out to the Wallabies then..
0 Welcome to Perth where Australia host England in the first of two Tests to be played between these two traditional rivals. The last time England won Down Under was when Martin Johnson lifted the Webb Ellis trophy way back in 2003. Now back as manager, can Johnson and his side upset the Wallabies on their home turf? That answer will be answered after 80 cracking minutes of rugby!
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