Score : Australia 30-28 England
England vs Australia Rugby : England began their Australia tour with an embarrassing loss to the 14-man Wallabies team in Perth even though they scored two tries late on.
The Lock Darcy Swain was shown a red card during the first half. There were three more home players getting injured prior to after the interval.
Australia maintained the score 6-6 at half-time until Ellis Genge went over for England.
However, the Wallabies came back including Jordan Petaia, Folau Fainga’a and Pete Samu scoring in an amazing comeback.
A bit of consolation for England in the form of uncapped wings Henry Arundell and debutant scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet went over late in the game.
However, Australia’s win is the end of England’s eight consecutive victories against the Wallabies and is the fourth loss in the last four games against Eddie Jones’ side, which includes a non-cap game with the Barbarians.
It may also spark the calls for England to hire an entirely new head coach however, it is true that the Rugby Football Union expressed support to Jones after an unsatisfactory Six Nations campaign.
Australia injured and red card , however England can’t capitalize
There was a lot of anticipation in the lead-up to Tests returning of England’s Danny Care, Billy Vunipola and Owen Farrell but Australian absentees quickly took over the headlines from Perth.
Fly half Quade Cooper suffered injuries to his calf in the warm-up. This left the 22-year-old Noah Lolesio to face England’s Marcus Smith.
This was not the most bad negative news for Australia Three more players were sacked from the field in the opening period.
Fullback Tom Banks had to come off after he appeared to break his arm on an awful landing on an extremely high ball.
Prop Allan Alaalatoa then followed with a head injury that was believed to be causing the injury, prior to Swain was issued an yellow card.
the English cricketer Jonny Hill was smacked yellow simultaneously following the lock’s pull on Swain’s hair. This prompted the Australian to hit his head on the England man, a red-card offense.
Australia were forced to play 45 minutes without 14 players. However, after two penalties in the first half by Owen Farrell and one from Lolesio the hosts were able to draw the game 6-6 prior to the break.
From that point, England may have been too confident of winning.
While Care returned after nearly five years Vunipola along with Joe Cokanasiga were both very good on their return to Test cricket but England’s performance was not as good.
The visitors conceded a second penalty towards the beginning of the second half . Lolesio utilized it to score and put Australia in front.
Prop Genge was over, and then Farrell kicks a penalty, and it was like England were in control of the game, however Australia did not have the same thoughts.
Even with their numbers being a bit low they were able to score a goal. Wallabies extended England’s defence and replaced full-back Petaia scored from the corners.
Vunipola then was given the yellow card after an unwise attack to Michael Hooper and in the aftermath , Fainga’a cut through the maul and scored.
Samu’s strike made the situation worse for England before their replacements who were not capped arrived with cool heads, trying to limit the damage.
It wasn’t enough time to declare victory, but Arundell was able to scurry around defenders and score, indicating that on the international scene the player can be prepared to fulfill the immense expectation displayed at club level by London Irish.
With Australia reduced thirteen points following Lolesio was banned for a sin, Van Poortvliet scored a final score as the match ended with a score of 30-28 which did not accurately represent the extent of the fightback that Australia had fought.
It’s painful – Jones
England the head coach Eddie Jones: “We had chances to pressure us, but we let them off at various points. There were times when we were on their side to score, but did not.
“It’s difficult however, we’re determined to winning the series 2-1..
“We were leading 14-9, with 20 minutes left remaining – these kinds of things could be a source of pain as they did.
“They played a good 10 minutes of football where they scored two excellent tries. We missed one or two tackles, and we let them get back into the game. They took a huge enough advantage to prevail. “
Line-ups : England vs Australia
Australia: Banks; Kellaway, Ikitau, Kerevi, Koroibete; Cooper, White; Bell, Porecki, Alaalatoa, Swain, Neville, Leota, Hooper (capt), Valetini.
Replacements: Fainga’a, Sio, Slipper, Philip, Samu, Gordon, Lolesio, Petaia.
England: Steward; Nowell, Marchant, Farrell, Cokanasiga; Smith, Care; Genge, George, Stuart, Itoje, Hill, Lawes (capt), Curry, B Vunipola.
Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, M Vunipola, Heyes, Chessum, Ludlam, Van Poortvliet, Porter, Arundell.