England scores 4 tries as luckless Wallabies beaten 30-6

England's Elliot Daly smiles after crossing the line for England's first try during their rugby union international match between England and Australia at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
England's Joe Lunchbury, second right is tackled by Australia's Ben McCalman during their rugby union international match between England and Australia at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
England's Danny Care smiles as he goes over the line for England's fourth try during their rugby union international match between England and Australia at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON — England benefited from three close-run TMO decisions before scoring three tries in the final eight minutes to beat Australia by a record 30-6, sealing a fifth straight win over its big rugby rival following an action-packed test at Twickenham on Saturday.

Much to the clear disgust of Australia coach Michael Cheika up in the stands, the Wallabies had tries disallowed by the video referee either side of England winger Elliot Daly being awarded a try by the TMO in a game-changing passage of play in the 54th minute.

Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May and Danny Care then scored opportunistic late tries to give the score a flattering look and ensure Australia's seven-match unbeaten run ended.

"We stayed in the game through a fair bit of adversity," said Cheika, who even found himself involved in a verbal spat with spectators before halftime. "Then when the moments came to really get back in the game and put some pressure on England, we made some mistakes and released that pressure."

The English got back on track after an underwhelming 21-8 win over Argentina last weekend but they needed some help from Irish video referee Simon McDowell.

Australia captain Michael Hooper was adjudged to have been offside in the build-up to his 27th-minute try midway through the first half — Cheika sarcastically laughed out loud and applauded when the decision was reached — and a 70th-minute try by winger Marika Koroibete was ruled out when the TMO spotted obstruction by Stephen Moore just before the grounding.

They were both marginal calls, as was the decision to allow Daly's try after a madcap 20-second spell of action.

Australia center Samu Kerevi burst through England's defense in a 40-meter break and passed to fellow midfielder Tevita Kuridrani for what should have been a free run to the line. Instead, Kuridrani dropped the ball and England scrumhalf Ben Youngs spun away to launch a counterattack from inside his own 22.

Youngs punted forward and the ball looked like bouncing into touch but just stayed in play, allowing Daly to kick it further ahead — in front of the diving Kurtley Beale — and the winger sprinted clear to gather over the try-line.

The try needed the say-so of the TMO and, after a long review, it was given.

Once again, Cheika was a picture of anger and frustration in the stands.

"I'm just not sure about the process," Cheika said, "about how many replays for one incident and how many replays for another."

Eddie Jones, England's Australia-born coach, naturally accepted the calls.

"Why do we have a referee? Why do we have TMOs? I don't understand the question. How were we lucky?" he said. "They do 10 replays of a video and make a decision. This was the best referee in the world for today. We had the best guys in the TMO and we're saying we're lucky because the decisions went our way. Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry. I'm sorry we're lucky."

Hooper and Beale were also sin-binned toward the end of the first half — the Wallabies played about four minutes with 13 men — but they conceded only three points in the 16 minutes they were short.

Back to their full complement, the Wallabies made it 6-3 through Reece Hodge's 49th-minute penalty and looked more dangerous before Daly's pivotal score.

Bernard Foley booted a penalty for 13-6 and Australia was camped inside England's half for 10 minutes, with Koroibete and Kerevi punching holes with explosive breaks.

The TMO decision over Koroibete's try took an age, firstly looking at whether the winger grounded the ball — it looked like he did at the second attempt, despite the best effort by Chris Robshaw to hold him up — and then Moore's intervention in blocking Robshaw seconds earlier.

It looked a harsh call, and England took full advantage.

Since losing to Australia in the pool stage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, England has beaten the Wallabies twice in autumn tests and achieved a historic 3-0 whitewash Down Under in June 2016.

Now this, the biggest margin of victory for England in 49 games and 108 years of a rugby rivalry.

"It was an arm-wrestle," Jones said. "It was going to and fro and you had to take your opportunities. We took our opportunities better than them."

___

Steve Douglas is at www.twitter.com/sdouglas80

Must Read

Penske drivers Pagenaud and Power feeling no ill...

Aug 20, 2016

Penske drivers Pagenaud and Power feeling no ill will as they chase a championship

IndyCar returns to The Glen; speeds rise on new...

Sep 2, 2016

IndyCar racing returned to Watkins Glen International on Friday after a six-year hiatus, and New...

Andrus powers Rangers to 10-7 win at slumping...

Sep 7, 2016

Texas' Elvis Andrus had a homer and three doubles to lead the Rangers to a 10-7 win at slumping...

US firm Liberty Media buying Formula One auto...

Sep 7, 2016

Formula One has been bought by Liberty Media, a U.S. company that invests in entertainment and...

Jackpot! Vegas looks to score big win by landing...

Jan 19, 2017

The Oakland Raiders have filed paperwork to move to Las Vegas

People also read these

Michael Phelps, Final Five gymnasts to present at...

Aug 25, 2016

Recent Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and the Final Five are heading to the MTV Video Music...

Twitter to launch app on Apple TV, others to...

Sep 15, 2016

A new Twitter app is coming to Xbox One, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, where viewers will be able to...

Valeri Liukin national team coordinator for USA...

Sep 16, 2016

USA Gymnastics didn't look far for to find Martha Karolyi's successor as the leader of its...

San Diego Chargers are no more after leaving for...

Jan 12, 2017

The San Diego Chargers are moving to Los Angeles, where they will join the recently relocated Rams...

IndyCar drivers eager to keep momentum as season...

Jan 18, 2017

IndyCar looks ahead with hope to another season and potential for growth

About Us

The World Insiders brings you exclusive coverage from across the globe in a timely, easy to consume format sourced directly from our regional media partners.

Contact us: sales@theworldinsiders.com

Subscribe Now!