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England won the Ella-Mobbs Cup with a 21-17 win over the Wallabies at SCG.
Dave Rennie’s men looked damaging to start the game as Tom Wright scored the game’s first try.
However, tries from Freddie Steward and Marcus Smith either side of the break helped build a commanding lead.
While a late try from Folau Fainga’a gave the 43,274 crowd some hope, the English were clinical late in the game to seal the win and the series.
“I don’t think we were clinical (enough). We created some good chances tonight, but not good enough to finish them,” Wallabies captain Michael Hooper said after the game.
“There were areas and big moments before half-time that hurt us…nice elements but it really hurts. We worked hard, played on the right foot but we didn’t execute the way we wanted.”
Dave Rennie stressed the importance of starting strong and got it instantly via Nick Frost as he charged a kick in the opening minute.
While the hosts looked most threatening in the first quarter, they struggled to hold the final pass as luck after luck Noah Lolesio missed an early penalty.
A break from Taniela Tupou failed to find Frost in support before Tommy Freeman’s effort was interrupted by excellent cover defence.
England eventually took advantage of a loose penalty as Owen Farrell made no mistake to open the scoring.
Needing a spark, the two Wallaby wingers combined for a brilliant opening try.
Marika Koroibete started the break as he knocked down a tackle and tossed a superb ball to Tom Wright, breaking his own half. The Brumby charged into space before a one-two with Nic White allowed Wright to dive into the corner.
Koroibete repeatedly caused English nightmares as the two sides exchanged penalties, breaking tackle after tackle.
Eddie Jones showed his frustration with their botched start, firing Danny Care before the break. It had the desired effect after a Farrell penalty hit the post and gave England possession inside the 22, with Freddie Steward diving into the corner for an 11-10 lead.
Another penalty from Farrell extended the margin after the break as the England forwards began to gain the upper hand.
The Wallabies’ sloppy fundamentals came back to haunt them as a loose lineout saw the ball land in the hands of Marcus Smith as he ran 60 yards to score.
Needing an answer, the Wallabies finally found their way as Folau Fainga’a charged after some heavy breaks.
With the game on the line, the hosts pushed for an answer as Tom Wright took another fine break.
In the end, the English found a way to constantly get turnover with Wallabies in promising positions.
Late in the game, a late chance for the Wallabies was begged as Courtney Lawes won the ball and won the turnover, sealing the series.
TESTS: Steward, Smith
CONS: Farrell 1/2
PENS: Farrell 3/4
TESTS: Wright, Fainga’a
AGAINST: Lolesio 2/2
PENS: Lolesio 1/2
Australia: 15 Reece Hodge, 14 Tom Wright, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Nic White, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Harry Wilson, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Nick Frost , 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 David Porecki, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Folau Fainga’a, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rob Leota, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Len Ikitau, 23 Suliasi Vunivalu.
England: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Guy Porter, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Tommy Freeman, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Danny Care, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Lewis Ludlam, 6 Courtney Lawes (captain), 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Ollie Chessum , 3 Will Stuart, 2 Jamie George, 1 Ellis Genge
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Joe Heyes, 19 Nick Isiekwe, 20 Jack Willis, 21 Jack van Poortvliet, 22 Will Joseph, 23 Henry Arundell.
Arbitrator: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Andrew Brace (Ireland), James Doleman (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Hart (New Zealand)