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Australia Vs. England
2016 Australia v England, 26 June, 2016
|England 44 defeated Australia 40|
|Referee: N Owens|
|Touch judges: C Joubert & M Fraser|
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Here we are. The final June Test of 2016, and the Wallabies will be hoping for some revenge as they take on England in the third match of the series. Join me on The Roar for live scores and commentary of Australia vs England.
It’s been a case of two games, two disappointments for Wallabies fans.
Brisbane was a huge letdown, but Melbourne was worse; a frustrating, calamitous mess in attack that meant the Wallabies were unable to capitalise on a mountain of possession to take a win that should have been theirs.
But through all that, credit has to go to the combative, effective way England have played their football this series. Led by Dylan Hartley they’ve been abrasive, cheeky, physical and they’ve won, which really is the most important thing.
James Haskell, who was immense in the first two games, earns a break for England here.
For Australia, Dean Mumm drops off the bench while Samu Kerevi and the two second-rowers both make way in the starting line-up. Rob Simmons returns with Will Skelton, and Matt Toomua will take on playmaking duties as a second five-eighth.
Whether the Wallabies can make a dent in the so-called ‘white wall’ by injecting a bigger body in Skelton remains to be seen, because it wasn’t so much about the bodies last Saturday, but where they were being thrown at the wall.
I would love to see a more dynamic approach from the forwards, offering inside passes and interplay to get further over the advantage line.
Taking the points might also be an idea for Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore and sub skipper Michael Hooper.
This is the Wallabies’ last chance for a couple of months to woo the fans, and if they can’t do it in Sydney then what hope can they possibly have in the Rugby Championship this year?
Follow the live scores of the game here, as the Wallabies take on England in the third Cook Cup Test of 2016.