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- International Match
- 2nd Nov 2013
- KO 14:30
- Ground: Twickenham
- Att: 81,500
England v Australia - Live
80 FULL-TIME ENGLAND 20-13 AUSTRALIA
80 And rather fittingly, an absurd game ends in an England scrum penalty. Farrell thumps it off the park, and George Clancy calls time on an important stepping-stone victory for England. Fortuitous in the extreme in the build-up to Robshaw's try, but the hosts took their chances, and finished brilliantly to shut down a dangerous Wallaby side. A real morale-booster for England, then, on their first outing since that Six Nations hammering in Cardiff. Argentina await next weekend.
80 Here we go, then. Kuridrani bursts through, but he's held up by Farrell and Tomkins! Turnover ball, scrum to England on the last play! Surely, this must be it...
79 England clear up towards half-way, and maul their way downfield. Up the short-side powers Chris Robshaw, much better stuff from the home team. But as we say that, Wilson spills the ball. One minute to play, a scrum just inside their own half. Now or never for the Australians.
76 Attwood on for Launchbury. Into the final few minutes here. The scrum is reset as it wheels round again. And that wheel results in a pressure-relieving penalty for the hosts.
75 Horwill takes the lineout 5 from the line. They set up the maul, but England disrupt well. Now they hit up with the forwards, keeping it tight. Inching closer with Michael Hooper..now they go wide, and Folau powers his way towards the line! Massive pressure here, but Robinson spills the ball, and England survive for now!
73 England win the lineout on the 22, set up the driving maul and advance on the Australian line. But Yarde is stripped in the tackle, and here come the Wallabies! Brilliant counter-attack as Cummins bursts into the England half. Cooper scrambles on towards the 22, but they lose possession and George Clancy brings play back for the penalty to the visitors. The call here is interesting...Toomua goes for the corner! Big moments, these!
70 Fa'ainga now on for Moore as Australia kick through. England counter-attack, and win a penalty on halfway as skipper Ben Mowen strays offside in plain view of George Clancy. Question marks being raised over the mentality and composure of the Wallabies in these pressure situations.
68 England win the lineout on Australia's 10m line after a poor kick from White. But the hosts penalised for not releasing the ball in the tackle. Toomua misses touch, though, and the error count is building for the visitors at present. They have the ball and the chance to attack on halfway, now.
66 Cooper's kick drifts wide though. That's a big, big miss. England still lead by 7, with the drop-out to come. Wilson, Morgan and Flood on for Coles, Vunipola, and Farrell. White on for Genia for Australia.
63 England clear the ball, and Australia lose it in midfield. England bring it into the 22, the grubber kick is rolled into the 22, and amid the scramble of bodies, Clancy goes upstairs to check the grounding. 22 drop out is the call
61 Ben Youngs clears downfield, and the Wallabies have the chance to regain a foothold. Ben Robinson is on for Slipper, here, as Cooper dinks the ball down towards the English 22. He gets clattered in the act of kicking by Lawes.
60 Australia win a scrum in England's 22, but the attack is halted by a knock-on from Genia. Not his day today.
59 CONVERSION, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 13-20 No mistake from Farrell, converts his own try and England's lead now seven points. Australians perhaps aggrieved again, though.
58 TRY, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 13-18 Hartley's nudge on Moore not deemed to be sufficient to warrant obstruction. England take the lead.
58 Individual brilliance from Owen Farrell! He bounces back from those early missed kicks to scythe through the Aussie defence. The TMO is again called upon to check for obstruction on Stephen Moore...
57 George Clancy takes a tumble as Billy Vunipola batters into the 22. The ball spread left with Brown, who's caught 8 metres short. England now exerting pressure through the forwards, just five metres short now. Can the Wallabies keep them out?
55 Marler,Hartley and Ben Youngs on for Mako Vunipola, Tom Youngs and Dickson. The Wallabies clear their lines, but England coming forward again....
55 The lineout woes are ongoing for the hosts here - Tom Youngs' throw not straight. From the resultant lineout, the Wallabies burst upfield through Kuridrani, but England turn them over with the powerful Lawes. Farrell then with a wonderful touch-finer pinning the visitors back into their own 22. Great kick.
53 Australians may still feel rightly aggrieved that Brown's toes on the touchline were not spotted by the officials in the build up to that try. Their side has a scrum now on the English 22. Cooper goes to the skies, but Brown is unfairly challenged in the air by Folau. England can clear.
52 CONVERSION, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 13-13 The scores are level with that kick. The impressive Mako Vunipola the man who charged down Genia. Good all-round performance from the loosehead, and we have a real battle on our hands here.
52 TRY, ENGLAND, ROBSHAW! 11-13 Game on! Robshaw opportunistic and a good finish from point-blank range. The captain drags his side to within two points again.
51 Shortened lineout barely retained by the visitors. But Genia is charged down, Robshaw dives on the loose ball, and the TMO will now decide whether England have a crucial, crucial try!
51 Ben McCalman also coming on for the stricken Fardy as we prepare for the lineout. And it's going to be a big lineout, as the Wallabies set up to throw in just a handful of metres from their own line.
50 Kepu replacing Alexander now for the Wallabies.
50 Replays showing Mike Brown had a foot in touch in the build-up to that attempt, and several suspiciously forward-looking dropped balls too. The game is paused for now awaiting the lineout deep in Aussie territory as Scott Fardy receives treatment.
50 England running the ball inside their own 22, before Farrell drills downfield to the ever-willing Folau. He's isolated in the tackle, though, and penalised. And here go England with the quick tap! Sloppy handling, but the ball finds Yarde, and his blistering pace just isn't quite enough to get beyond Ashley-Cooper in the corner. Great cover-tackle, but this test-match has just come to life.
48 England the architects of their own downfall there, with Tomkins' missed tackle and Yarde's rush of blood giving Cooper the chance to extend the lead to 10 points. First miss from the Wallaby 10, though, and the crowd begin to rise again. A big miss, perhaps, as we restart. Twickenham re-energised, but England penalised from the resultant breakdown, and the sting is taken out of the atmosphere.
46 More aerial ping-pong and loose passing from England sees them back in their own half, and defending 40m out. Tomkins put on his backside by Kuridrani, and Yarde looks to have taken a Wallaby player out from the resultant kick. The flag is out from Dudley Philips, it's nothing more than a penalty though. Lucky to avoid further sanction.
44 Free-kick England, another early shunt from the Wallabies. The up-and-under is spilled by the chasing Wood, though, and the Aussies can clear. A bit more purpose from the hosts, this time.
42 And yet more imprecision from England in midfield. Tomkins spills off first-phase ball, and Australia have the put-in to the scrum centre-field. Frustration for the home fans. Disjointed, and static play in the English backline.
41 From try-scorer Toomua's clever up-and-under, Cummins spills the ball with a real chance to gather and build an attack. England out of jail with the scrum inside their own half.
40 We're underway again here for the deciding 40 minutes, as Folau gathers the restart, and Genia drills downfield.
40 Australia remaining on the pitch for their half-time team talk. A tactic, according to Ewen McKenzie, designed to keep them "in the moment". Perhaps all the more poignant as the 2003 England World Cup-winners are paraded round the ground.
40 George Clancy calls time on a very tight opening forty. Not much attacking verve from either side, with play broken up by errors and penalties. England gaining the upper hand in the scrum, Australia in the lineout. The breakdown battle is proving intriguing, and the genius of Quade Cooper is, at present, what separates the side. Stand-by for the second-half!
40 HALF-TIME ENGLAND 6-13 AUSTRALIA
40 The Wallabies win the scrum, though. Genia's boot drifts out on the full, England maul the resultant lineout into the visitors' 22, but good defence sees the ball held up, and the half-time whistle blows.
39 The Wallabies attacking again in midfield, but Genia's kick falls to Dickson. Big boot down in to the 22 from the scrum-half, Folau returns, and England have a chance to counter.
37 England regain the restart with Marland Yarde, but concede a penalty as Mako Vunipola fails to release the ball when tackled. Good play from the Aussies again.
35 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, COOPER! 6-13 Three from three for Cooper, and the Wallabies' lead stretches to seven points. How will England react?
34 The Wallabies win a penalty, and bring play into English territory. Looking to turn the screw, the attack in midfield, and win a penalty straight in front of the posts, 30 metres out. Twelvetrees the guilty party - a forgettable 2 minutes for England's inside centre.
31 CONVERSION, AUSTRALIA, COOPER! 6-10 No problem for Quade Cooper from straight in front. Advantage Wallabies
30 TRY, AUSTRALIA, TOOMUA! 6-8 All of a sudden, the Wallabies come alive. Powerful running from FOlau, and concerted pressure on the England line leads to the inside centre bulldozing his opposite number, Twelvetrees, for the game's first try.
26 PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 6-3 From the other touchline, Farrell slots for England and they regain the lead
21 More lineout woes for England, though, as they lose another aerial battle. Brown and Folau exchange kicks, before Yarde calls the mark and drills play down towards the half-way line.
20 Mr Clancy resetting the scrum here as the front-rows go down. The Wallabies asserting themselves much more at this set-piece, but England winning the penalty again. The tone appears to have been set for the battle at scrum-time. Farrell clears well up into the Australian half.
18 Bad mistake from England there, though, as Launchbury runs into Dan Cole at the fringes of a ruck, handing the Wallabies a scrum outside the home 22. The visitors attacking the left-hand-side, but spill the ball, and England will have the scrum.
15 Hooked again from the Saracens man, though. Dragged to the left-hand-side. Australia off the hook for the second time in quick succession. Lovely no-look pass from Cooper releases Cummins up the left, who kicks through. But Ashton covers well, and it's a drop-out for the hosts. Great take again from Folau, and a warning for England
14 And good work at the breakdown from England, forcing the Wallabies to knock-on. The scrum is solid from the hosts, and they win another penalty. Chance for Farrell to make amends almost immediately, and a very worrying set-piece demonstration for the Aussies.
12 The fly-half can't make the Aussies pay, though. Impressive start to the game from Mike Brown. 22 drop-out for the visitors.
11 Brilliant play from Brown, gathering his own up-and-under. England attacking again just inside Wallaby territory. And they have the penalty from George Clancy - Australia offside. Farrell to put England in front again, left of centre, 40 metres out.
9 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, COOPER! The Reds pivot squares things up. Important kick for him, and for the Wallabies.
8 But the grubber-kick from Farrell was scooped up by Folau. More back-and forth kicking, before the Wallaby full-back puts it out near half-way. Nice exchange between the two number 15s.
7 And, it's a free-kick to the hosts for an early drive. England run it and attack up the blind-side. Good carries from both Vunipola brothers and new man Tomkins as the men in white build some pressure in attack for the first time.
5 Aerial ping-pong results in an England knock-on. Australian scrum just inside English territory on the left-hand-side. Stand-by for the first scrum...
4 PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL! No mistake from the Sarries 10, and England have the first points at Twickenham.
3 Scrappy lineout from Aus, and England clear their lines. Wallabies attacking in midfield, but good English defence and imprecision from the visitors sees the hosts win a penalty. Farrell lines it up from 30 metres...
2 England clear from the lineout, but only to the edge of their own 22. First chance to build an attack for the Wallabies. Poor composure from the hosts
1 The anthems, sung without musical accompaniment have set a brilliant scene here. Matt Toomua gets us underway for the visitors. Aus regain possession and attack 30 yards out. Cooper's cross-kick for Ashley-Cooper bounces beyond the winger and into touch 15m from England's line
Mention of the "new scrummaging laws" already, with the crouch-bind-set sequence paving the way for one of today's crucial battlegrounds. It's an experienced Australian front-row, but can they put past scrum troubles behind them and gain the upper hand on their English counterparts? Here come the teams...
The rain is beginning to sweep through Twickenham, here. Will that hand the hosts an advantage? 10 minutes to go to kick-off...don't go away!
Meanwhile, Australian coach Ewen McKenzie made headlines during the week by choosing to strip second-row James Horwill of the captaincy. The second-row is challenged with returning to his abrasive best, with back-row Ben Mowen given the armband today. Quade Cooper looks to be approaching something like his best form after a period of international exile. He'll look to bring dangerous strike runners Tevita Kuridrani, Adam Ashley-Cooper, and - of course - Israel Folau into play outside him.
England missing Alex Corbisiero, Manu Tuilagi and Geoff Parling through injury, but can call upon in-form Saracens brothers Mako and Billy Vunipola to bolster the pack. Joel Tomkins, another Sarries recruit, makes his debut at 13 alongside Billy Twelvetrees and Mike Brown is rewarded for a string of excellent domestic performances at Harlequins with his restoration to the 15 jersey. Lee Dickson starts at scrum-half, and it's a big day for young winger Marland Yarde.
Hello and welcome to a rainy Twickenham for what is sure to be a tight clash between England and a rejuvenated Australian side. Third place in the IRB World Rankings also up for grabs...
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