By George Stephens •
Published: 19 Oct 2019 • 10:09
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.
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