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    England vs Australia

    International, 19 November, 2017

    Fulltime - England 30, Australia 6
    England   Australia
    30 FINAL SCORE 6
    4 TRIES 0
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Ben O'keeffe
    Touch judges: Marius van der Westhuizen & George Clancy
    TMO: Simon McDowell

    Match result:

    England have recorded their biggest ever victory over the Wallabies at Twickenham, walloping Michael Cheika’s men 30-6 in wet and windy conditions at Twickenham Stadium.

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    Final score
    England 30
    Wallabies 6

    Match preview:

    The Wallabies are in red-hot form, but will run into a serious arm wrestle against an Eddie Jones-led England side on Sunday morning. Join The Roar for a live blog of the match, starting from 2am AEDT.

    Eddie Jones and Michael Cheika will continue their ding-dong coaching battle when England host Australia at Twickenham.

    Both sides have strong recent form, and any Australian fan will not have forgotten the 3-0 drubbing handed to them by the English last season.

    However, Australia come into this fixture with significantly more confidence, and more importantly, a culture of winning and winning well.

    So, what happens in this one?

    For England, Owen Farrell and Mario Itoje are recalled to the side that downed Argentina last weekend. Itoje, in particular, was sorely missed as the English struggled at lineout time.

    His inclusion off the bench should provide a good platform for Jones’ men to attack from anywhere – an area of the game they struggled with last start.

    Mike Brown has succumbed to concussion, which sees Anthony Watson step into fullback, while Jonny May returns from injury on the wing.

    For the tourists, Adam Coleman has been replaced by Blake Enever in the second row, in an otherwise unchanged starting fifteen.

    Lopeti Timani comes into the side on the bench, whilst Cheika has opted for a 6-2 split in his reserves.

    Where the game will be won
    The set piece.

    I can’t see a huge difference between both sides in attack. Owen Farrell’s return will do wonders for England’s attack, while Samu Kerevi and Tevita Kuridrani will provide impact in the midfield.

    At set piece time, however, there are weaknesses on both sides. Australia’s second row looks weakened, especially without Adam Coleman’s leadership in the lineout.

    Indeed, at scrum time, Cheika’s men are susceptible to phases of weakness. In any case, whoever is steadiest in the lineout and at scrum time, will win this in a tight tussle.

    England versus Australia in any sporting contest is a battle of attrition, with both sides taking it to a new level.

    Indeed, Twickenham will be rocking on Sunday morning, and it should be a bumper game. England I feel have slightly more in the tank, and will win this one in an arm wrestle.

    England by 5

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    • 6:18am
      riddler said | 6:18am | ! Report

      next week will not be easy for us at all.. scots showed a lot of heart and they didn’t switch off at 70min mark..

      with players like grey/russell/hogg we will be really tested..

    • 6:15am
      CHUCKED said | 6:15am | ! Report

      Salsa, your Wobblies scored NIL Tries, England scored FOUR Tries and you say that England need to score MORE Tries??

      I hope this time Cheika gets the suspension he deserves for being a foul mouthed, poor loser

    • 6:12am
      riddler said | 6:12am | ! Report

      what a finish..

      abs hang on..

    • 6:10am
      riddler said | 6:10am | ! Report

      min 78 stuart hogg brautiful weight chip..

      15-22 kick to come

      kick is great


      two minutes to go!!

    • 5:56am
      riddler said | 5:56am | ! Report

      sbw brilliance opens up the scots defense..

    • 5:51am
      riddler said | 5:51am | ! Report

      the scots score min 61.. 8-15 kick to come…


      game on for the scots!!

    • 5:32am
      TonyP said | 5:32am | ! Report

      Ref called everything correctly
      Moore was in front of both players, came into contact with both players and his right hand was clutching Robshaw’s shirt before the players went down over the line

      What rules do you play to down there?

      • 6:55am
        Taylorman said | 6:55am | ! Report

        Yes technically he was offside so once again Cheikas thrown his toys out when he was in the wrong, speaking to the Ref at half time apparently about that very non try.

        Get the clowns outfit out again I say. He needs to respect the game and his side more. World rugby should slap him with a ticket. Tired of his antics.

        No doubt some fans will harp on about the Ref this week. Not going to change anything.

        • 7:02am
          Kane said | 7:02am | ! Report

          Did he actually talk to the referee at half time?

          • 7:21am
            Taylorman said | 7:21am | ! Report

            So some reports are saying, its more the f ch*****ts comment he’ll be drawing attention to shall we say.

            • 8:26pm
              Ken Catchpole's Other Leg said | 8:26pm | ! Report

              “Shall we say” that we should stick to the empirically observed truth, Tman.?

    • 5:08am
      riddler said | 5:08am | ! Report

      scots are definitely in this 3-3 at halftime..

      beautiful night and dry..

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      cs said | 4:52am | ! Report


    • 4:50am
      mzilikazi said | 4:50am | ! Report

      England will fear Ireland…wherever they play them.

      • 5:30am
        englishbob said | 5:30am | ! Report

        no they wont, why would they? Because they beat a crap springbok team? It’d be fairly even on paper and then who knows

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      biltongbek said | 4:42am | ! Report

      It is amazing how opportunity can change the course of a match, every little bit of opoortunity and luck went England’s way.

      Wallaby fans should not be too hard on their team. It was a highly competitive match

      • 11:14am
        JimmyB said | 11:14am | ! Report

        True, but I think England’s bench was a big difference and they seemed to be considerably filter and quicker going into the last 10 minutes.

    • 4:40am
      RM said | 4:40am | ! Report

      Putting the refereeing performance to one side for the moment, there were a lot of areas where the Wallabies were poor and deserved to lose this game. Beale and Genia (two of our big guns) had shockers. Foley wasn’t as poor as those two but also had issues with his hands and his passes at times, as well as a number of aimless kicks, up and unders that achieved nothing. Comparing his kicking game to the Poms and they had a clear victory on that point.

      Hannigan and Simmons were anonymous. Kurindrani blew a golden opportunity that then turned into a try at the other end. Hooper again mixed the good with the bad – yet another yellow card from the captain is simply unacceptable. Onto the good – McMahon, Keveri, Koribete and the front row all had good games. The scrum was great and deserved better than it got from the referee.

      Which then brings us back around to the ref. I don’t think it was as poor a performance as many are saying – but I also don’t think anyone could seriously argue against the fact England got a very generous rub of the green. Not so much a series of outright wrong decisions but rather a series of calls that could have gone either way ALL going England’s way. The only outright poor call that I can think of off the top of my head was in the first half shortly before Hooper got binned. England were under pressure in a scrum about 30-35m out and the Wallabies absolutely disinteregrated their scrum. Rather than a penalty and an easy 3 points for Foley, ref let the play go on and a couple of minutes later Australia is under pressure and Hooper is off. Then Beale soon after.

      • 5:47am
        FunBus said | 5:47am | ! Report

        You have to remember the one unequivocally bad call was in the first few minutes when England was denied a certain try when the ref wrongly called a knock-on against Launchbury.

        • 11:17am
          JimmyB said | 11:17am | ! Report

          Agreed, that was a very poor call, however stick to the script Funbus, the ref cost Australia that game.

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