England 14 - 20 Australia

Match info: International at Twickenham, London

Date: 17/11/2012 KO: 14:30 Att: 81,361

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


TriesTuilagi (39)PenaltiesFlood (3, 24, 34)



TriesCummins (35)PenaltiesBarnes (31, 44, 50, 52)Drop GoalsBarnes (13)

FT (ht: 14-11)

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  • Full-time at HQ and Australia claim the Cook Cup with openside Hooper the man-of-the-match today! It was a much-improved performance from them but for the English, questions need to be asked of their attack with SA and NZ to come. Thanks for joining us!

  • What a shocking error that was from England at the maul. Australia repel them for now but must continue to tackle from 40 metres out...that attack didn't last long though as Tuilagi can't hold a poor pass and the Twickenham crowd sense that could be that here.

  • Australia pump the ball downfield and it's replacements Brown once again returning via a chip over the top. Was he taken out in the chase? Yes, says referee Poite. A massive moment here as England walk to the line-out 20 metres out. Schoolboy error, obstruction...

  • Here we go then, English attacking line-out with Australia looking to hold on for the closing stages. Waldrom is, of course, used as the battering ram with the possession statistic massively favouring the hosts right now. They don't have it now though as they offend at a ruck.

  • Sekope Kepu is also now on for a scrum on halfway, with the game remaining in the balance in front of the 81,361 specators. Australia look for territory which Brown returns.

  • Drew Mitchell is on for Ioane.

  • England are coming! Turning down another three points, the hosts go for the jugular again...and it backfires as side entry costs them. How costly could those two calls be?

  • Another scrum penalty against England so up steps Barnes from 50 metres on the angle. Has it gone over or not? It's being checked by the TMO. How can two assistant referees not see from where they are standing? It is short so England will drop-out from their own 22.

  • Still 14-20 then here but maybe not for long as Goode and Flood spark an attack. However, they lose it forward so the hosts will have to come again, now from 65 metres.

  • Ben Youngs and Mike Brown are on for England while James Slipper is on for Australia for the final 19 minutes. England look to go from their own 22 here via a long pass from pivot Flood but it is called forward by Poite in a decision that the Twickenham crowd does not like.

  • No try, he lost it over the line.

  • Another penalty comes soon after and Robshaw goes for a line-out, sensing that Australia are there for the taking here. Has Waldrom made the line? It's TMO time again.

  • Australia bring on Liam Gill for Dennis ahead of a defensive line-out, which they don't clear. In fact it leads to England getting a penalty for Australia pulling down a scrum.

  • Launcbury and Vunipolo make an immediate impact, the duo the architects of a promising English attack. The crowd responds as their team make it to within two metres with Ashton going close. It looks like his foot is in touch though after contact as Poite blows for a stoppage.

  • Joe Launchbury is on for Tom Palmer.

  • BARNES PENALTY! 14-20! Barnes is consistently putting the ball into space and causing problems for England while Tapuai is also hurting the hosts with his running game. They could have three points as reward here because of side entry. Barnes makes it count.

  • Tom Wood and Mako Vunipola are on for Tom Johnson and Marler.

  • BARNES PENALTY! 14-17! The Wallabies are playing much better than last week or maybe England are a long way off France in terms of quality. It's another three for Barnes then after England infringe so the visitors are ahead. Cue the changes from England.

  • Australia have a scrum on their own 22 so they will look to get out of here via the boot of Beale. They don't have to. Marler has been penalised so it's a simple clearance.

  • BARNES PENALTY! 14-14! But it is the other try scorer, Cummins, making the early impression as he carries well to put Australia on the front foot. That results in England deliberately slowing down the ball so it's an early three points for the visitors.


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