Australia v England LIVE rugby: Result and reaction as England keep series alive with win

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England face Australia in the second Test of a three-match series on Saturday, looking to avenge the disheartening defeat they suffered in Perth a week ago.

England lost 30-28 – their first defeat by the Wallabies since 2015 and the first time Eddie Jones has been on the wrong side of a result against the country of his birth since taking over as head coach of the Red Rose - but that scoreline obscures the fact that they trailed 30-14 at the death before late Henry Arundell and Jack van Poortvliet tries added a veneer of respectability.

Australia had been down to 14 men since Darcy Swain’s 34th-minute red card for headbutting Jonny Hill but the disjointed visitors failed to capitalise and Jones has rung the changes for the second Test at Lang Stadium in Brisbane as they try to keep the series alive.

He has opted for the greeness of youth with Tommy Freeman, Guy Porter and Van Poortvliet all starting and as calls for a change of coach grow with little more than a year to go until the World Cup, getting a result is imperative.

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Australia vs England

  • England keep the series alive with victory in Brisbane

  • Billy Vunipola’s early try and Owen Farrell’s boot take England to glory

  • FULL-TIME! Australia 17-25 England

  • 67’ - PENALTY! Farrell moves England beyond a score in front (17-25)

  • 54’ - SIN-BIN! Smith yellow carded and Wallabies close gap (17-22)

  • 49’ - TRY! Kerevi scores on the overlap to narrow the gap (14-22)

  • 38’ - TRY! Tupou drives over to get Australia on the board (7-19)

  • 32’ - PENALTY! Fourth Farrell penalty of the half extends England’s advantage (0-19)

  • 5’ - TRY! Vunipola is mauled over the line for the opening try (0-7)

F/T: Australia 17-25 England

13:15 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Rather nervier for England than it looked like it might be after a dominant first half, but Eddie Jones’ side cling on and take the series to a decider. The first half-hour or so was about the best England have played in a long while, full of direction and clarity, but another wobble will be a worry for Jones. Still, they just about closed it out, going back to their power game and the maul, and that is a much-needed win.

Credit to the Wallabies for fighting back into the contest on another night of injury misfortune, but they will rue some basic errors at the set-piece which meant they never quite nudged ahead.


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Australia 17-25 England, 80 minutes

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Samu Kerevi taps and sets off, but soon enough the ball is back in England’s hands after a breakdown penalty. Tapped, booted into touch - it’s 1-1.

Australia 17-25 England, 79 minutes

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Will Joseph touch the ball? Not initially as England play through the forwards, but here he comes, crisp white shirt flashing under the glare of the lights.

Not the best start - pinged for holding on. Last chance for Australia...

Australia 17-25 England, 78 minutes

13:09 , Harry Latham-Coyle

And now a penalty for England! Angus Bell has done remarkably well, playing all but about 30 seconds of this encounter on the loosehead due to Scott Sio’s injury, but he perhaps shows his fatigue here, penalised for hinging under the pressure of Joe Heyes.

Time ticking by. A debut for Will Joseph off the England bench - Guy Porter is replaced.

Australia 17-25 England, 77 minutes

13:07 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Australian possession inside their own half. Farrell gets a useful piece of Samu Kerevi as the centre arcs, meaning the beef of his biff is reduced, enabling two England teammates to handle him well.

Joe Heyes similarly gets a vital grab of Rob Valetini’s thigh to slow another of Australia’s bigger ball carriers.

Marika Koroibete on the short line...forward pass! Jake Gordon puts his hands on his head, but the replacement scrum-half’s pass looked forward from the hands. England scrum.

Australia 17-25 England, 76 minutes

13:05 , Harry Latham-Coyle

England play the percentages, keeping things tight with Owen Farrell directing his forwards into the Australia defence before securing the ruck himself.

Marcus Smith kicks high, and long...mark claimed by James O’Connor.

Missed penalty ! Australia 17-25 England, 74 minutes

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Owen Farrell strikes drifts wide! A slight tug to the left, starting at the upright but drifting ever away, and the assistants’ flags stay down. The gap stays at eight.

Australia 17-25 England, 73 minutes

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England maul well again - and there’s the penalty advantage for a leg lift. Australia haven’t really found an answer to the drive when England have got their darts right, as Luke Cowan-Dickie does here.

It’s on the ten-metre line, and a little in-field. Posts, surely? Yep - the tee is on.

Australia 17-25 England, 71 minutes

12:59 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Excellent from Courtney Lawes! He had an expert jackal in the first-half and his position is textbook again as Australia fruitlessly explore a white-walled blindside. Penalty to England.

Australia 17-25 England, 70 minutes

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Enter Henry Arundell, hoping for another carbonated cameo after an impressive debut for England last week.

Australia’s lineout goes wrong, but they’ll have another go from a similar spot after Arundell makes a tackle in the air.

Australia 17-25 England, 69 minutes

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But James O’Connor misses touch! Too long and floating dead, though the touch judge curiously allows England to play on despite Danny Care standing out of play when he leaps and taps back infield.

Anyway, play continues. A good deep kick from Australia forces Freddie Steward to run out of his own in-goal, punting with a relative lack of distance to 30 metres or so from his own line.

Australia 17-25 England, 68 minutes

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Pete Samu, so good off the bench last week, is sent on by Australia, and immediately produces a lively piece of footwork to win the gainline.

England turn the ball over, but Joe Heyes gets a little lost at the base, picking up with nobody to pass to and squeezed by the Australian fringe defence. Penalty to Australia.

PENALTY! Australia 17-25 ENGLAND (Owen Farrell penalty, 67 minutes)

12:53 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A timely three points for England, back out of range of a single Australian score.

Australia 17-22 England, 66 minutes

12:52 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Advantage coming for England. Freddie Steward wriggles the arms off him, can he reach out for the white line? Not quite!

To the forwards, biffing around the corner, a great group of them joining together to try and surge past the posts...but held up!

Back for the penalty

Australia 17-22 England, 65 minutes

12:51 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Immediately more fizz for England with Smith back on the pitch. They canter up the left.

Clever from Owen Farrell! Cross-kick into acres of open space for Jack Nowell, who beats two defenders.

Into the Australia 22...

Australia 17-22 England, 64 minutes

12:50 , Harry Latham-Coyle

But now the Wallabies are struggling to truly take advantage of their supremacy! Folau Fainga’a thrrow is not even close to straight.

Marcus Smith returns, joined in making his way on to the pitch by Danny Care, who replaces Jack van Poortvliet. Good first start from the Leicester youngster, though he has faded.

Australia 17-22 England, 63 minutes

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Dynamite Tom Wright! The Australian wing has been relatively quiet but explodes into life, spotting a couple of forwards he can torment with a shimmy and dashing up the centre.

He chips beyond Tommy Freeman and drags the England man into touch. Australia lineout inside England’s 22.

Australia 17-22 England, 62 minutes

12:47 , Harry Latham-Coyle

England go back to basics, and that powerful maul drive, slowly ratcheting up the presssure as they drive 20 metres or so.

But it all gets untidy in attack with Smith still off the field and eventually Australia latch on to a loose pass.

Australia 17-22 England, 60 minutes

12:46 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Two minutes left until Marcus Smith is permitted to return as Australia steal another English lineout. Matt Philip again - he’s been excellent aerially today.

That’s rather wasteful, though, from James O’Connor, kicking with a hint of an overlap on turnover ball and only managing to skew out on the full. An apologetic wave of his right hand towards his teammates.

Australia 17-22 England, 59 minutes

12:44 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Scrum penalty for England! Mako Vunipola is on for Ellis Genge at looshead but on the opposite side Will Stuart is still grumbling on, forcing Angus Bell to floor as he gets a shove on.

Stuart is on no longer - Joe Heyes is sent for to replace the prop.

Australia 17-22 England, 58 minutes

12:43 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Better defence initially from England, quelling Australia’s maul and then hurrying up into the face of Hunter Paisami, forcing an errant pull-back pass in the direction of Noah Lolesio.

Lolesio picks up on the bounce, but the sting is out of Australia’s attack. Another intricate sketch from the backs ends with a Marika Koroibete knock-on.

Australia 17-22 England, 57 minutes

12:41 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The reason Frost is on the field is another injury worry for Australia - it’s last week’s debutant Cadeyrn Neville, and it looks another potentially serious one, Neville unable to continue and carted off.

Sam Underhill has departed, too, after taking a bang to the head. Lewis Ludlam in the England defensive line as Australia launch again from the lineout.

Australia 17-22 England, 57 minutes

12:39 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Luke Cowan-Dickie is on the field and performs his duties well, allowing Jack van Poortvliet to clear long after a safe lineout.

But this is beginning to feel familiar for England. James O’Connor threatens to crack their kick chase wide open as he counter-attacks, while Samu Kerevi is again growing in influence, making metres up the left. Another penalty the Wallabies’ way - kicked again to the corner.

Before the lineout, a debut for Nick Frost in the Australian second row. No sign of Simon Pegg.

Australia 17-22 England, 55 minutes

12:37 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Momentum is very much with Australia now. Nic White is beginning to take jurisdiction over this contest, producing an outstanding diagonal kick from halfway, punching air with delight as Tommy Freeman fails to hurry back and keep it in the field of play.

50:22? Not quite! White argues the toss but the tackled player at the ruck after which he kicked is ruled to be just inside the England half. A marginal call, but a big one - England will have the lineout throw.

PENALTY! AUSTRALIA 17-22 England (Noah Lolesio penalty, 54 minutes)

12:35 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Noah Lolesio bisects the posts. Australia close the gap.

YELLOW CARD! Marcus Smith is sent to the sin bin! Australia 14-22 England, 53 minutes

12:34 , Harry Latham-Coyle

England are wobbling - again! An extended hand from Marcus Smith as he shoots from the line to try and stop a flat Australan pass. A clear deliberate knock-on and off he is sent for a stint on the naughty step.

Australia 14-22 England, 52 minutes

12:33 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Angus Bell’s rear end would have made little imprint upon the bench - he’s back into action with Sio guided off.

Australia beginning to build back into the contest. Rob Leota arrives from deep, gathering speed up the runway, grabbing Nic White’s floated pop as he takes off into Ollie Chessum and Sam Underhill.

The England pair handle Leota, but Underhill then curiously rips the ball free from the Australian’s hand having failed to re-take his feet. Australia again deep into English territory after kicking the penalty down towards the 22.

Australia 14-22 England, 51 minutes

12:29 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Changes in the Australian front row - Scott Sio and James Slipper replace Angus Bell and Taniela Tupou.

More injury woe, though, for the Wallabies - moments after coming on, Sio fails to get up swiftly from a collision with the sharp bits (knee, hip) of both Will Stuart and Sam Underhill’s lower limbs.

TRY! AUSTRALIA 14-22 England (Samu Kerevi try, 48 minutes)

12:26 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Space on the left and Samu Kerevi scores! Another meaty carry from Taniela Tupou, brushing off Marcus Smith and condensing the England defence.

Over to the backs with a two-man overlap, and Noah Lolesio picks his option well, fizzing across the face of James O’Connor to Kerevi, who rounds the bend to make the conversion easier, just about remembering to ground before Smith covers across.

It was a useful little wander in-field, though - over goes the conversion. Much better from the Wallabies.

Australia 7-22 England, 47 minutes

12:25 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A good initial maul drive from the Wallabies, who then go to close-in carries with five metres left to be gained. Taniela Tupou bristles around the corner with support from Michael Hooper, and then it is the variation - wider to Noah Lolesio, launching Hunter Paisami from his inside shoulder. Advantage coming...

Australia 7-22 England, 45 minutes

12:24 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Looks of disbelief from the England front row towards Andrew Brace as they are penalised despite getting a nudge on at the scrum - but this time, it looks a fair enough call against Will Stuart, losing his bind more certainly than when pinged in the first half. Australia kick into the left-hand corner for their first visit to the England 22 of the half.

Australia 7-22 England, 44 minutes

12:23 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Messy restart defusal from England, letting it hit the deck and allowing Marika Koroibete steal in and nearly grab Nic White’s clever, floaty diagonal drop-kick. Koroibete knocks on - fortunate for the visitors.

PENALTY! Australia 7-22 ENGLAND (Owen Farrell penalty, 43 minutes)

12:21 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Another simple enough job from the tee for Owen Farrell, who has been secure as you like after some wobbles with the boot last week.

Australia 7-19 England, 42 minutes

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Right, England scrum on the left-hand side nearly halfway.

Billy Vunipola breaks from the back of it, asking Nic White to make a tackle - which the far smaller man eventually does, with a bit of help, with Vunipola ten metres to the good.

Taniela Tupou is offside soon after.

Australia 7-19 England, 41 minutes

12:19 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Perese is applauded off. Non-contact knee injuries are rarely much fun, but that really wasn’t pretty. Best wishes to him.

James O’Connor will replace him. Dave Rennie is fortunate to have a man of his experience and versatility available. He’ll slot in at full-back.

Australia 7-19 England, 41 minutes

12:17 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Oh no! Yet more injury misfortune for Australia: Izaia Perese’s knee buckles horribly as he comes down to earth after claiming a crossfield chip. That looks serious, and unplesant. Unlike Tom Banks’ similarly stomach-turning injury last week, we don’t get extended replays, thankfully.

The second half is underway!

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Off we go!

Back out there

12:14 , Harry Latham-Coyle

As expected, no Maro Itoje for England. A big 40 minutes for Ollie Chessum in the second row.

The clarity of Dave Rennie’s half-time messaging was strongly praised by the Wallabies last week - can Australia again assert themselves more after the break?

H/T: Australia 7-19 England

12:09 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Indeed, England will be a little disappointed not to be further ahead. Some slight set-piece wobbles haven’t helped, and Taniela Tupou’s try keeps Australia very much amongst things given the trouble that Eddie Jones’ side have had putting teams away.

Here’s England’s opening score, which came from Billy Vunipola, who has been excellent so far:

H/T: Australia 7-19 England

12:04 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A very tidy half from England, who have been largely in control in Brisbane from the word go. Behind a strong kicking game that has allowed them to dominate territory, the attack has been direct, fast and physical, wiht Marcus Smith playing a little flatter and varying things well.


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Australia 7-19 England, 40 minutes

11:59 , Harry Latham-Coyle

England are awarded a breakdown penalty on halfway as Australia rush through prematurely on a ball not yet deemed out...

But Owen Farrell is over-ambitious as he seeks the corner, and Australia send everyone down the tunnel by booting the ball for the stands.

Australia 7-19 England, 39 minutes

11:57 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Eek! Maro Itoje races down to tackle Hunter Paisami after the kick-off, but is sent tumbling away from the centre, his head colliding with Paisami’s shoulder. There is no foul play, but Itoje hits the deck hard, perhaps even knocked out in the collision.

He will, at the very least, require a head injury assessment, but like Jordan Petaia early on, we may not see him again.

Ollie Chessum comes on.

TRY! AUSTRALIA 7-19 England (Taniela Tupou try, 37 minutes)

11:52 , Harry Latham-Coyle

And there is the try! Credit this one to the front-rowers, Angus Bell and Taniela Tupou earning the scrum penalty and then prominent in England’s 22.

Hunter Paisami’s abrasive carry is excellent, but it is Bell and Tupou who are top of the props, first the deceptively shifty Bell shimmying into space and then a rather more forthright Tupou providing the telling bash on the England’s door.

Noah Lolesio pops over the conversion.

Australia 0-19 England, 35 minutes

11:52 , Harry Latham-Coyle

An Australia penalty at the scrum! Will Stuart is called for dropping his bind, harshly, according to scrummaging expert David Flatman in the commentary booth.

Australia kick into the English 22, rather needing a score.

Australia 0-19 England, 33 minutes

11:50 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Australia are restored to 15 players as Noah Lolesio restarts things.

England’s kicking game has been outstanding so far. Their 19th of the half is another to be contested, Jack Nowell beating Marika Koroibete to win it back for the visitors, though Will Stuart’s hands are not secure as he stoops in an attempt to tidy up the loose pieces.

PENALTY! Australia 0-19 ENGLAND (Owen Farrell penalty, 32 minutes)

11:48 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Three more points to Farrell’s tally. England in complete control.

Australia 0-16 England, 31 minutes

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A minute or so left on Izaia Perese’s sin-binning as Jamie George this time hits his target at the tail. England’s maul gets a-moving once more - Australia halt the drive’s progress illegally. Penalty to England - Owen Farrell will kick for goal.

Australia 0-16 England, 30 minutes

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It feels like Australia are clinging on here. Again England ask them to turn and retreat with a kick into the corner, the Wallabies just about clearing.

The defensive lineout continues to function well, though. Matt Philip again is the hoisted player, tapping the ball back towards Nic White, but the scrum-half can’t collect. Into touch it bounces ten metres on from the position of the first lineout, from where England will go again.

Australia 0-16 England, 28 minutes

11:44 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The kick again brings joy for England! Marcus Smith is going to his boot early and often in phase play - this is not quite what he intended, the ball bouncing from the face of Angus Bell, but the bounce of the ball is favouring England, and Sam Underhill collects.

Into the 22 the flanker goes, offloading to Jamie George. What chances present themselves to the right? Few. Jack Nowell is chopped down by Hunter Paisami, covering across well with his lumberjack’s axe.

Australia 0-16 England, 26 minutes

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White again retreats beyond his own try-line to retrieve another clever prod from Marcus Smith. White slices his clerance this time, and Jonny Hill collects well, but England’s support is lacking and Ellis Genge is turned over.

Australia 0-16 England, 25 minutes

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More good kick and chase work from England as Jack Nowell introduces Noah Lolesio to the Suncorp Stadium turf immediately after the Australian fly-half’s feet hit the deck. A kick rolls into the in goal but Nic White does not dot down for a goalline dropout, Australia eventually clearing.

Australia 0-16 England, 24 minutes

11:40 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Australia are again loose in the carry as they play at the line. A notable uplift in linespeed from England this week, driving up with intensity and forcing Australia to make quick decisions. The Wallabies so far are struggling to counter it.

Marcus Smith chips for himself and very nearly gathers on the second hop, but the bounce evades him.

PENALTY! Australia 0-16 ENGLAND (Owen Farrell penalty, 22 minutes)

11:38 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The other penalty was bang in front of the posts, so Courtney Lawes will make Owen Farrell’s job simple by opting to kick from there. Another sweep of right boot over the tee, and England’s lead extends further.

YELLOW CARD! Izaia Perese is sent to the sin bin! Australia 0-13 England, 22 minutes

11:37 , Harry Latham-Coyle

This will be yellow. Perese was actually in decent position to collect, but went with a single hand.

The next question is whether it will also be a penalty try. There is cover coming across but I fancy Tommy Freeman might have cantered home. Just as New Zealand did earlier, Australia’s defence get the benefit of the doubt. Just a penalty, and a yellow for Perese.

Australia 0-13 England, 21 minutes

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Once more England rumble into the Australian 22 through their maul, rolling again away from the teeth of the Australian counter-drive.

Billy Vunipola and Will Stuart carry prominently, and Australia are offside. With the advantage, Marcus Smith lifts a long pass towards Tommy Freeman on the outside - and an extended arm from Izaia Perese knocks the ball out of the air. This could well be deemed deliberate...

Australia 0-13 England, 19 minutes

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Australia get up and steal England’s lineout, Matt Philip beating Maro Itoje in the air. Timely pilfer from the lock.

Australia boot the ball upfield before Marcus Smith kicks rather aimlessly, inviting Australia to attack. But England regather well, and Courtney Lawes forces Michael Hooper to hold on.

Australia 0-13 England, 18 minutes

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And again Taniela Tupou is penalised. After a week of bracing for battle with pre-match words for one another, Ellis Genge has the early edge at scrum-time, Tupou forced into retreat and then to turn in.

The Australian is then marched back ten more metres for questioning Andrew Brace’s call.

Australia 0-13 England, 17 minutes

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A foothold, then, for Australia, who throw a lineout 35 metres out from the England line. Rob Valetini is met firmly by opposite number Billy Vunipola, but bounces away to make a metre-or-two. By contrast, Samu Kerevi is stood up by a combined effort from Marcus Smith, Sam Underhill and Owen Farrell, who drive the big centre back and very nearly force the ball from him.

The ball lies beneath the bodies at the resulting ruck - Australia a little fortunate to get the scrum feed.

Australia 0-13 England, 16 minutes

11:27 , Harry Latham-Coyle

England have been very, very good. Again, Jack van Poortvliet picks the right club for his box kick up the touchline, his approaching floating delightfully just infield, forcing Tom Wright to catch. The white bodies swarm him, driving the Wallabies wing into touch.

Hang on, that’s less clever from Ellis Genge, pushing a forearm into the face of Nic White. Entirely unneccessary and rightly penalised after another intervention from Joy Neville.

PENALTY! Australia 0-13 ENGLAND (Owen Farrell penalty, 15 minutes)

11:25 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Over it goes again from the right boot of Owen Farrell.

Australia 0-10 England, 13 minutes

11:25 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Penalty to England. Taniela Tupou was picked out at the scrum, and he’s been spotted cleaning out illegally here, leading with the shoulder at a ruck.

Joy Neville, the TMO, calls down to Andrew Brace, who extends an arm England’s way. The tee will again be called for.

Australia 0-10 England, 12 minutes

11:24 , Harry Latham-Coyle

More joy for England, this time at the scrum, where Australia are ruled to have put weight on early. A free kick is sent upwards, but Marika Koroibete is safely beneath it just outside his own 22.

Australia 0-10 England, 11 minutes

11:23 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Right, what answer do Australia have? Marika Koroibete meanders then darts forward, spotting a half-hole, one well filled by Billy Vunipola before Koroibete can gather more steam.

Nearly an intercept! Nic White finds former Exeter teammate Jonny Hill shooting out of the line in England’s blindside defence, but the lock can’t quite corral the Australian scrum-half’s pass.

PENALTY! Australia 0-10 ENGLAND (Owen Farrell penalty, 10 minutes)

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Ten minutes, ten points - England firmly on top.

Australia 0-7 England, 9 minutes

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England are right on it here, though. Maro Itoje wrecks Australia’s mauls and his forward mates pile in for a spot of thievery, ball emerging on the English side. Another penalty to the visitors - this time Owen Farrell will go for goal.

Australia 0-7 England, 8 minutes

11:19 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A bit of a dance on the tightrope from Tom Wright as the Australian wing gets himself in a spot of bother with a bouncing ball near the touchline, just about managing to keep his toes from being marked by the chalk.

Freddie Steward hits him decisively but his teammates infringe, granting Australia an easy clearance.

Australia 0-7 England, 7 minutes

11:18 , Harry Latham-Coyle

It’s been a very, very tidy start to life in the starting side for Jack van Poortvliet, with the Leicester nine notably quick to the ruck so far and boxing well after the restart, landing his clearance just over the line near halfway.

TRY! Australia 0-7 ENGLAND (Billy Vunipola try, 5 minutes)

11:15 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The fast start is capped with a clever, muscular score! It’s canny from England, throwing to a catcher in the middle but shifting the point of emphasis for the drive by Maro Itoje’s swift transfer to the front.

Four English bodies surround Billy Vunipola, who is rapidly sent marching to the line in the warm embrace of a dominant maul. Owen Farrell converts; just about the perfect first five minutes for England.

Australia 0-0 England, 4 minutes

11:15 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Jordan Petaia stays down after colliding with Freeman’s hip as the England debutant flicked the pass away, and after the ball spills free, he is able to be seen to. This doesn’t look nice at all for Petaia, who appears dazed and unsure of his current whereabouts - Australia may well be losing a third full-back in seven days.

Yes, off he goes for at least an assessment. I’d be surprised if he returns. Izaia Perese is on.

England were awarded a penalty for Australia’s involvement in the ball spilling free. In a sign of intent, there is little thought of a shot at goal - prodded into the right corner for a five-metre lineout.

Australia 0-0 England, 3 minutes

11:13 , Harry Latham-Coyle

This is a lively opening from England, their play-makers granted plenty of options as they play flat to the line. Tommy Freeman involves himself nicely far from hthe left wing, and then again, providing linking hands as Owen Farrell looks towards Jack Nowell in space.

Australia 0-0 England, 2 minutes

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The two sides trade handling errors, and then exchange kicks, Jordan Petaia’s first involvement from full-back to claim a high hoist under little pressure, securely calling for a mark from the safety of his own 22.

Australia 0-0 England, 1 minute

11:11 , Harry Latham-Coyle

What a start from Ellis Genge! England’s first attack is fast, organised, and clever, Ellis Genge launched from wider by Marcus Smith picking his runners at the line and putting Michael Hooper decisively on his backside with a meaty carry. He offloads to Jamie George in good support, and Smith then kicks in behind, but Australia get bodies back and clear to about the ten-metre.

Kick off!

11:10 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The second Test between Australia and England is underway.

Australia vs England

11:10 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Andrew Brace (referee) and Joy Neville (TMO) are the key names of an Irish led group of match officials. Paul Williams of New Zealand and Craig Evans of Wales are the assistants.

Here we go, England to kick things off...


11:08 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Plenty of England fans have travelled down to Brisbane, and they add their scattered voices from the stands to the singing of the national anthem.

As mentioned, a Yugambeh youth choir lead “Advance Australia Fair” first in the indigenous language, then in English.

Australia vs England

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Next come the Wallabies, Taniela Tupou chewing gum and readying his shoulders, swinging his arms, slapping his sides.

Shannon Ruska gives the Welcome to Country. “I don’t have my tribe here tonight,” he says, “so I’m going to ask the Aussie tribe here to join in with me.”

“Aussie Aussie Aussie!” is his call; “Oi, oi, oi!” the answer from the Wallabies fans inside Suncorp.

Australia vs England

11:02 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Australia are wearing a special First Nations kit tonight, and will sing the national anthem in the local Yugambeh language, in recognition of Naidoc week.

Looks a corking atmosphere under the lights at Suncorp Stadium. It sounds like there are some boos as Courtney Lawes leads England out.

Eddie Jones is next in front of the microphone

10:54 , Harry Latham-Coyle

“It’s another opportunity for us. We are particularly focussed on getting more line speed in our defence tonight and playing a bit more through our attack. The pitch is fast but for some reason they have put some water on it.

“Any message for the youngsters in the backs? “Just be themselves. They are good players, that is the reason they are here. Be themselves and they will have a big night.

“We want to go at them in the scrum - we have spoken to the referee at allowing us to scrummage. If he does, it might erupt.”

Dave Rennie, Australia's head coach, speaks to Sky Sports ahead of kick-off

10:51 , Harry Latham-Coyle

“We love playing here, it is a fantastic ground, very intimate. You’ll hear the crowd tonight.

“We are well ware that they will be hurting. We think they are going to kick a bit more tonight and try and squeeze us that way, so we’ve got to deal with that.

“We tend not to talk about who we are missing, and focus on who we have got. It is great to have Taniela back - he hasn’t played for a while, so we want a good set-piece from him, and anything around the field is a bonus.

“We are certainly confident, but we are going to have to play well. We know that England will be desperate.”

Australia vs England

10:48 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A big chance for Australia, today. England’s changes have rather drawn the focus in the pre-match buildup but last week was a fine evening for Dave Rennie’s side, showing their fight and clarity against adversity to beat England for the first time since 2015.

Can they settle the series? There’s a physical look to Rennie’s selection with Hunter Paisami in midfield and Taniela Tupou fit again at tighthead, while I’d expect Tom Wright to challenge England’s back three in the air. Noah Lolesio grew into the game well after his late call-up to start in Perth - you’d suggest he’ll feel slightly more settled and secure after a full week of running the Wallabies’ attack in training.

Courtney Lawes calls for patience as England build towards 2023 World Cup

10:40 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Courtney Lawes has called for patience as England rebuild for next year’s World Cup by rolling the dice in selection for Saturday’s second Test against Australia.

Eddie Jones has undertaken a radical revamp of the back line for the attempt to keep the series alive at Suncorp Stadium by giving debuts to centre Guy Porter and wing Tommy Freeman, as well as a first start to scrum Jack van Poortvliet.

The fourth and final change to the side dispatched 30-28 in Perth sees Sam Underhill replace Tom Curry, whose tour has been ended by concussion.

Jones hopes Porter and Freeman, who have been picked at the expense of Joe Marchant and Joe Cokanasiga, will provide the ball-carrying threat in midfield and finishing expertise out wide that were missing from the first Test.

England’s head coach has risked the wrath of fans by continuing to identify France 2023 as the ultimate aim, even as his team bid to avoid crashing to a series defeat in a match he describes as “the perfect practice for the World Cup”.

Lawes insists senior red rose players fully support the direction of travel, despite Jones’ scattergun approach to selection, while stressing that progress will take time.

“Just because we have a new team and a new strategy, and are trying to find our DNA as a team, because we’ve got so many new players doesn’t mean that we don’t feel like we’re good enough to beat Australia. We certainly do,” England’s captain said.

“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure we win the series. But at the same time, yes, we’ve had the conversation that we’re making these changes for a reason.

“We think it will open up our potential and we’ll be a better team for it. Maybe not now, it’s going to take time to get there and we are going to have patience.

“We are going to go through ups and downs, that’s for sure. But as long as we’re building towards an end product which is in the forefront of our minds, that is the main thing for us.

“Off the field we’re as tight a team as I’ve ever been a part of in an England jersey. That is 100 per cent genuine. Because of that we’re all on the same page.”


Australia vs England

10:38 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ireland have struck back against New Zealand - can England do likewise against Australia? Surprisingly, a squaring of the series was not the prominent thought emanating from their camp in Brisbane last week, with Eddie Jones again looking to the future:

England fight to find consistency as Eddie Jones rings the changes for second Test

Team News - England

10:34 , Harry Latham-Coyle

So much for building cohesion – another week, yet more combinations to be bedded in as Eddie Jones again shuffles his backs. There are two debutants in from the start, plus Jack Van Poortvliet, who appeared only briefly seven days ago.

Those two debutants are Tommy Freeman and Guy Porter, each on the back of standout seasons for Northampton and Leicester respectively. Freeman has the pace, power, nous and aerial skill to cause Australia issues, while former Sydney University captain Porter cuts some of the sharpest lines in the Premiership. Van Poortvliet, meanwhile, is Marcus Smith’s fourth starting half-back partner of the year.

Tom Curry has touched down in Manchester having been sent home after suffering another concussion in the First Test, so in steps the other so-called Kamikaze Kid, with Sam Underhill bracing for breakdown battle.

The late change is on the England bench. Jack Willis trained fully yesterday but has been troubled by a rib injury, dropping out of the 23. In comes another debutant - Will Joseph makes two apprentices on the bench for England, awaiting a debut in the backs with Eddie Jones reverting to a traditional 5-3 split.

England: Steward; Nowell, Porter, Farrell, Freeman; Smith, Van Poortvliet; Genge, George, Stuart, Itoje, Hill, Lawes (captain), Underhill, B Vunipola

Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, M Vunipola, Heyes, Chessum, Ludlam; Care, Joseph, Arundell.

Team News - Australia

10:31 , Harry Latham-Coyle

There is late team news to bring you news of, but not for the hosts.

Victory may have been Australia’s last week but it was a tough evening in Brisbane injury-wise, with Dave Rennie forced to make significant changes. Out from the starting side last week go Allan Alaalatoa (concussion), Darcy Swain (suspended), Len Ikitau (calf), Andrew Kellaway (hamstring) and Tom Banks (broken arm) – and Quade Cooper remains absent, too, after his oh-so-late withdrawal from the First Test.

In better news for Rennie, Taniela Tupou is fit to play and starts at tighthead, while Matt Philip is promoted in the second row. The hard-hitting Hunter Paisami forms a punchy partnership in the centres with Samu Kerevi, and Jordan Petaia and Tom Wright come in to the starting back three. Long-limbed Nick Frost will make his debut if he gets on at lock from the bench.

Australia: Petaia; Wright, Paisami, Kerevi, Koroibete; Lolesio, White; Bell, Porecki, Tupou, Philip, Neville, Leota, Hooper (captain), Valetini

Replacements: Fainga’a, Sio, Slipper, Frost, Samu, Gordon, O’Connor, Perese

On to the next...

10:30 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Heavens. We could fill the rest of the day discussing all that ocurred on a day of history for Ireland, but there’s barely time to draw breath on this long day of rugby, so it is time to swiftly move on.

Plenty more reaction to come on Ireland’s squaring of the series in Dunedin, but we must swiftly hop across the Tasman to Brisbane, where kick-off is fast approaching...

Andy Farrell also has a celebratory natter with Sky

10:28 , Harry Latham-Coyle

“I’m just so pleased for the players because they are so desperate to inspire people back home. They keep turning up time and again and doing special things for Irish rugby and the Irish people.

“It had a bit of everything, didn’t it? It was a courageous effort. If you go back to the start of the time, you know that the All Blacks always come out fast, but we hit the ground running straight from the start again. We didn’t get sucked in, we kept playing the right game and applying the right pressure. I’m so proud of them.

“We went down to 14 and scored a try ourselves. The main thing is we are learning how to deal with the pressures of a top-level game. Our composure is really good. Things aren’t always going to go right for you. We got what we deserved.

“These lads have created a bit of history, but they’ve earned the right to compete for a series next week.”

Two-try Andrew Porter speaks to Sky Sports

10:24 , Harry Latham-Coyle

“I’m very tired, to be honest. It is obviously very emotional, creating a bit of history today, but the job is not done. The series is tied at one apiece. I can’t be more proud of the work that the lads have put in to bounce back from last week. It’s hard to put into words to be honest.

“It’s an incredible group of lads to work with. We’ll give the supporters something to cheer about next week.

“We’ve created a bit of history today, but it’ll be even sweeter if we can force the win next week as well. We’ll throw everything at it.”

F/T: New Zealand 12-23 Ireland

10:21 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Four wins in seven now for Ireland against New Zealand after going 111 years without beating the All Blacks. They really should have seized this encounter in the first half, but the clarity and intent with which they re-emerged after half-time meant they were always firmly in control after the interval.

To pick just three standouts, Peter O’Mahony again proved a big-game talisman, Tadhg Beirne carried with relentless venom and Bundee Aki had real impact after replacing Garry Ringrose.

F/T: New Zealand 12-23 Ireland

10:16 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Well, that sets up the series decider rather nicely. History for Ireland, a first ever win in New Zealand and one thoroughly deserved: Andy Farrell’s side dominated virtually from start to finish amid the chaos of a disastrous evening for the All Blacks, who lose for the first time at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

It didn’t all go right for Ireland, but the duck is broken, the psychological barrier lifted and they will have every chance in Wellington next Saturday.

Johnny Sexton reacts after becoming the first Irish captain to win in New Zealand

10:13 , Harry Latham-Coyle

“The game was disrupted a bit and we missed some moments, but we are unbelievably delighted with the win,” Sexton tells the host broadcaster.

“We’ve got a fantastic coaching team. We felt we didn’t give the best account of ourselves last week.

“The key playing against the All Blacks is that you can never sit back. They’ve got some outstanding players, they are the best team in the world for a reason.

“14 against 14 at the start of the half, to score a try was huge. We are delighted with the win but we have the chance to win the series here and they don’t come along that often.”


10:10 , Harry Latham-Coyle

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New Zealand 12-23 Ireland, 79 minutes

10:09 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ireland penalised for making contact in the air on the restart. Folau Fakatava taps, and goes - but the scrum-half goes nowhere.

Ireland have it! Bundee Aki again, stripping the ball from New Zealand’s hands as they launch one last, desperate offensive from deep.

Ireland are about to win in New Zealand for the first time!

TRY! NEW ZEALAND 12-23 Ireland (Will Jordan try, 78 minutes)

10:08 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Or is it? Brilliant from Jordie Barrett, taking a loopy pass but squaring up Joey Carbery, beating the Irish replacement fly-half to the outside and putting away Will Jordan, who continues his remarkable try-scoring record in international rugby.

Barrett’s conversion good. A minute and a half left with eleven points still to find.

New Zealand 7-23 Ireland, 76 minutes

10:06 , Harry Latham-Coyle

That, surely, must be that for New Zealand’s hopes of the win. Their unbeaten record at Forsyth Barr Stadium will fall.

They will have a scrum 35 metres out after Irish hands knock on a kick that was initially charged down.

No try! New Zealand 7-23 Ireland, 75 minutes

10:05 , Harry Latham-Coyle

There appear to be the long fingers of Josh van der Flier beneath the ball as Scott Barrett tries to drive over. No try!

And, as Barrett had just pushed beyond the white line, the restart will be an Irish goalline dropout and a chance for Joey Carbery to thump the ball far from the shadow of his own posts. New Zealand must attack from halfway.

TMO check... New Zealand 7-23 Ireland, 75 minutes

10:04 , Harry Latham-Coyle

This time are they over? Folau Fakatava snipes sharply having spotted space but appears to be repelled. Scott Barrett looks closer. Upstairs to TMO Tom Foley for another watch of the replays...

New Zealand 7-23 Ireland, 74 minutes

10:02 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Held up! What defence from Ireland! Taukei’aho was again launched from the quick tap and then it was Tu’ungafasi again, but the tighthead was somehow held off the floor by two Irish bodies over the line.

Hand on - Ireland were offside. Off go New Zealand again after another tapped penalty.

No try! New Zealand 7-23 Ireland, 74 minutes

10:01 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The on-field call is no try, so the officials will need conclusive evidence that the ball has been grounded.

There is none. Held up, back for a penalty with Ireland failing to roll away two phases earlier.

Peter O’Mahony goes down again for more treatment, but will stay on to lead the defensive effort.

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