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  • Tuilagi,
    Penalty goals: Flood (3),
14 - 20


  • Cummins,
    Penalty goals: Barnes (4),
    Drop goals: Barnes,
  • International Match
  • 17th Nov 2012
  • KO 14:30
  • Ground: Twickenham
  • Att: 81,361

England v Australia - Live

Last updated: 17th November 2012  

80 Full-time at HQ and Australia claim the Cook Cup with openside Hooper the man-of-the-match today! It was a much-improved performance from them but for the English, questions need to be asked of their attack with SA and NZ to come. Thanks for joining us!

78 What a shocking error that was from England at the maul. Australia repel them for now but must continue to tackle from 40 metres out...that attack didn't last long though as Tuilagi can't hold a poor pass and the Twickenham crowd sense that could be that here.

76 Australia pump the ball downfield and it's replacements Brown once again returning via a chip over the top. Was he taken out in the chase? Yes, says referee Poite. A massive moment here as England walk to the line-out 20 metres out. Schoolboy error, obstruction...

74 Here we go then, English attacking line-out with Australia looking to hold on for the closing stages. Waldrom is, of course, used as the battering ram with the possession statistic massively favouring the hosts right now. They don't have it now though as they offend at a ruck.

72 Sekope Kepu is also now on for a scrum on halfway, with the game remaining in the balance in front of the 81,361 specators. Australia look for territory which Brown returns.

70 Drew Mitchell is on for Ioane.

69 England are coming! Turning down another three points, the hosts go for the jugular again...and it backfires as side entry costs them. How costly could those two calls be?

66 Another scrum penalty against England so up steps Barnes from 50 metres on the angle. Has it gone over or not? It's being checked by the TMO. How can two assistant referees not see from where they are standing? It is short so England will drop-out from their own 22.

64 Still 14-20 then here but maybe not for long as Goode and Flood spark an attack. However, they lose it forward so the hosts will have to come again, now from 65 metres.

61 Ben Youngs and Mike Brown are on for England while James Slipper is on for Australia for the final 19 minutes. England look to go from their own 22 here via a long pass from pivot Flood but it is called forward by Poite in a decision that the Twickenham crowd does not like.

60 No try, he lost it over the line.

59 Another penalty comes soon after and Robshaw goes for a line-out, sensing that Australia are there for the taking here. Has Waldrom made the line? It's TMO time again.

58 Australia bring on Liam Gill for Dennis ahead of a defensive line-out, which they don't clear. In fact it leads to England getting a penalty for Australia pulling down a scrum.

56 Launcbury and Vunipolo make an immediate impact, the duo the architects of a promising English attack. The crowd responds as their team make it to within two metres with Ashton going close. It looks like his foot is in touch though after contact as Poite blows for a stoppage.

54 Joe Launchbury is on for Tom Palmer.

Penalty53 BARNES PENALTY! 14-20! Barnes is consistently putting the ball into space and causing problems for England while Tapuai is also hurting the hosts with his running game. They could have three points as reward here because of side entry. Barnes makes it count.

51 Tom Wood and Mako Vunipola are on for Tom Johnson and Marler.

Penalty50 BARNES PENALTY! 14-17! The Wallabies are playing much better than last week or maybe England are a long way off France in terms of quality. It's another three for Barnes then after England infringe so the visitors are ahead. Cue the changes from England.

46 Australia have a scrum on their own 22 so they will look to get out of here via the boot of Beale. They don't have to. Marler has been penalised so it's a simple clearance.

Penalty44 BARNES PENALTY! 14-14! But it is the other try scorer, Cummins, making the early impression as he carries well to put Australia on the front foot. That results in England deliberately slowing down the ball so it's an early three points for the visitors.

Second-half Welcome back with the half-time talking point over beverages of course being that Tuilagi try decision. A change to mention: Stephen Moore on for Polota-Nau.

40 The conversion is missed by number 10 Flood and that is that for the first 40 minutes at Twickenham. It's in the balance then after a late flourish from both sides. Make sure to stay with us for the conclusion of this one! Who will it be? The English or Australians for glory?

TRY39 TUILAGI TRY! 14-11! Have England hit back with a perfect response? It looks like they might be over here as Tuilagi breaks down the left wing...it again goes to the TMO due to the fact the outside centre reached out after the tackle. It get the green light from Yuille!

36 Barnes misses the difficult conversion.

TRY35 CUMMINS TRY! 9-11! What a response from the Wallabies. Phipps makes a beautiful break through the heart of the English defence, which creates room for the Force man to back himself and dive over. Well, the first try of the game arrives and it's one for Australia.

Penalty33 FLOOD PENALTY! 9-6! England have territory and could be back in front again here as the Wallabies go off their feet. That's a solid response from the hosts as fly-half Flood calls for the tee and should easily knock this over...he does. Nip and tuck at HQ.

Penalty30 BARNES PENALTY! 6-6! No try is awarded but we come back for a Wallaby scrum five out. That turns into a penalty! No problems at the set-piece today then.

29 Here comes the kitchen sink from Australia as a plethora of short carries keeps England on their toes. Match referee Romain Poite is going to the TMO Jim Yuille to check if a try has been scored - the Wallabies don't look too confident but replays may show otherwise.

27 Things are starting to open up at Twickenham as England look to move it right to Ashton on halfway before the turnover sees Barnes chip over, looking for Beale. That's good covering from Care though as he saves the day. Just the nine points as the half hour closes in.

Penalty24 FLOOD PENALTY! 6-3! Breakdown penalty this time goes against the Wallabies following a good carry from Waldrom. Brilliant kick from Flood from distance - that was right on the edge of his range and he just about had the legs. England lead once again at HQ.

21 Now it's and English winger making ground as Ashton hits the line. But now it's a home error that foils the attack as Tuilagi clearly is off his feet at a resulting breakdown.

19 Hats off to Cummins as he has been the shining light for the Wallabies in this opening quarter of the game. The Western Force winger has just beaten hooker Youngs for pace on the touchline and started a promising attack, but the recycled ball is dropped by Beale.

16 Now it's the turn of England to enjoy a spell of possession as Flood looks for runners outside, finding Waldrom on a couple of occasions. However, there is soon an obstruction in backplay which means the ball is turned over and Barnes can clear to the home ten-metre.

Drop Goal13 BARNES DROP! 3-3! The Wallabies are very much on top here and how as Hooper, Cummins and company run well. What can they create in the aftermath? It's a drop-goal from Barnes as he decides nothing is on. We are level then here at Twickenham.

11 Bit of a mess from the English there as T Youngs throws a forward pass on halfway so we await the scrum. Speaking of the set-piece, Australia look much better than last week due to the return of Alexander and Timani definitely making their scrum a great deal stronger.

9 England manage to weather that storm and that turnover is boosted further by the Wallabies coming offside, looking to pressure Flood. It's been an entertaining start at HQ.

7 Big chance for the Wallabeis here as they get within five metres of the line. Pick and goes now before Ben Tapaui straightens. Boy England are under the cosh here.

5 It ends up in a free-kick being awarded to Australia. The visitors have it on halfway then before Kurtley Beale looks for position, but the response from Sharples is solid.

4 First scrum coming up, stay tuned.

Penalty3 FLOOD PENALTY! 3-0! Over it goes from 45 metres out.

Kick-off Here we go with England in their purple shirts and Australia in their usual gold. The hosts come out well and after Danny Care's excellent box kick that wing Charlie Sharples chased, they have a penalty for offside. Up steps Toby Flood for his first attempt at the posts.

Team news England have recalled Chris Ashton in the only change to the side that beat Fiji. Australia meanwhile have brought back Berrick Barnes, Digby Ioane, Sitaleki Timani and Ben Alexander, with the latter duo set to tighten their scrum.

Welcome Hello and welcome from Twickenham for the second week of the November Tests. England face Australia here in what should be a cracker of a game, with once again the focal point being the set-piece. Can the Wallabies improve their scrum of last week in Paris or will it be an English power show to victory? Team news is coming.

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