By George Stephens • 19 October 2019 • 11:09
There was lots of singing from the stands for the England anthem, which suggested a more balanced fan presence than expected. Australia matched it and it was ready to go.
Australia had a scrum in the England 22. on 39 minutes It went down once and Sinckler believed Sio was dropping his bind and screamed “remain!” at touch judge Romain Poite 50 metres away on that side of the scrum to draw his attention. That level of cheeking of officials normally brings a penalty, but the ref let it go, However, the reset scrum brings the Aussies a penalty they should’ve had for that for the last England collapsing scrum and Christian Lealiifano lined it up and smacked the penalty to make it a half time score of 17-9.
Farrell got the second half underway but England soon saw their lead dwindle, Daly dropped a straightforward catch, and Australia went back on the attack. Slade pushed up too far in defence and the ball was floated over him and popped to Koroibete on the inside drift on halfway and he was through and took Daly to the cleaners by standing him up and going around him to score. It wasn’t a great few minutes for the England fullback. The Conversion was added and the game very much on as it went 17-16.
England refired up, Watson made some headway up the right and when the ball was recycled left Sinckler ran a fabulous out to in line in midfield and was through and in from 15 metres. He even deliberately ran at Beale to bump him, just to make some sort of point. Farrell converted for England to extend the lead to 24-16.
Shortly afterwards on 48 minutes, England held up Sio in defence after the prop was given a pretty impossible task by a dodgy pass from Lealiifano and they won the scrum. They doubled down on this by splintering the Wallaby eight and winning a penalty. Farrell indicated the sticks and scored 27-16.
56 minutes and Itoje did a great job of disrupting the Aussies throw and thwarted the catch and drive, but the Wallabies still had it and were working phases in the England 22 with Toomua orchestrating. Australia got another penalty to as Underhill went off his feet in the 22 and they took the scrum in the shadow of the posts but after a few changes to the line England stole the ball back with tremendous defending, it was a massive moment in the game.
TMO time on 68 minutes, England caught and drove from the lineout, Youngs pulled the ball out of the maul sprinted for the blindside corner and grounded it, but it had a look of being spilt. The TMO confirmed this, but England had a penalty for Australia’s side entry to the maul.
Farrell pointed at the sticks with a crushing inevitability and smashed it over to make it 30-16.
More points for England when they caught and drove and began a slow, draining, demoralising maul march forward which Australia were pinged for collapsing. Owen took the screw and decided to turn it by pointing at the posts and hit home the penalty furthering the lead 33-16.
Final five minutes Ford sent a raking, soul-splintering kick into touch near the Australia line. The Wallabies had to go from there, but they were given some help with a penalty that Beale tapped and floated a pass towards Hooper but Watson intercepted for England and raced to the line. Farrell converted to make it 40-16.
Make no mistake, this was a complete pasting of the Aussies!
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