Live: England back in front against 14-man Wallabies in first Test

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The Wallabies will look to end a run of eight-straight defeats against England when they meet Eddie Jones’s side in Perth.

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62′ Wallabies scrum!

Koroibete take a bow!

 A long kick off from Nic White, Koroibete leaps and gathers and then, as they were going forward, win the scrum.

Big opportunity for the Wallabies, a scrum inside the England 22 on the left side.

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59′ Penalty England, Farrell converts, England lead 14-9

England off the lineout use a flat pass for Smith and try to crash through the line with Ludlam.

There’s no way though there.

Penalty England! 

The Wallabies were holding on, never letting go of the tackler to create the ruck and the referee, after a long look, blows his whistle.

Farrell, from the left side of the posts, 22 metres out, converts for the three points and England has a five point cushion.

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58′ England lineout

England steal the lineout at the front!

The Wallabies have to defend once more.

The ball is chipped in behind and the Wallabies clear to the 10 metre line inside their own half for an England lineout.

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57′ Penalty Wallabies!

England keep the ball in the maul but it goes nowhere.

Ludlam charges at the line and almost breaches, Hooper is there and that’s a penalty to the Wallabies!

Itoje didn’t ruck effectively.

56′ England pressing

England win the lineout 15 metres out and probe at the Wallabies left defence.

Hill gets the ball wide to Vunipola, the Wallabies scramble defence does the job though.

It will be a England lineout five metres out.

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55′ Penalty England

Subs for the Wallabies: Scott Sio comes on, Matt Philip does too.

The Wallabies are severely depleted on the bench remember, through those earlier injuries and the red card.

Koroibete ran into contact and was hammered back ten metres! I’ve never seen that before.

It was George and Ludlaim who met him, George then stole the ball.

There’s a penalty there though.

England will kick for touch.

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53′ Penalty Wallabies

Koroibete is smashed 30 metres from his own goal line as he takes a high box kick but still gets the ball away.

The Wallabies recycle and White box kicks deep.

England will start on their own ten metre line.

Smith kicks high to Kellaway, who takes brilliantly and the Aussies now recycle.

England counter ruck but illegally and that’s a relieving penalty for the Wallabies.

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49′ Try England!

That time England get the maul working perfectly!

It wheeled round to the right and Ellis Genge burrows over in the corner!

England lead 11-9!

Farrell with the sideline conversion, drags the ball across the face of goal and it remains, 11-9.

That’s two kicks Farrell has missed now … five points left on the table.

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48′ Penalty England

England get the maul moving and there has to be a penalty for coming in from the side.

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The whistle goes just as England throw a panicked pass that is scooped up by White, who runs down the line having not heard the whistle.

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48′ Penalty England

England has an advantage as they make their way out of their half.

A chip through from Farrell evades two Wallabies and Nowell picks up!

Another penalty coming as England make it to the Wallabies 22!

Ludlaim takes the ball out on the right and thunders into the tackle but he bounces off and into touch.

We’ll come back for the penalty.

Farrell goes for touch and finds it five metres out!

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45′ Wallabies get the turn over! 

England came forward and Smith tries to skip through some space but the ball gets caught up in the feet of those joining the ruck, squeezes out to the Wallabies and the deep kick gives England a lineout just outside their 22.

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43′ England are now back up to 15 players, Jonny Hill returns from the sin bin

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42′ Penalty Wallabies, Lolesio scores, Wallabies lead for the first time!

Nic White goes deep but England secure and recycle the ball.

Box kick goes up to Koroibete and he charges like a bull into Lewis Ludlam.

Penalty is coming for the Wallabies, Itoje going off his feet at the tackle on Koroibete.

The Wallabies spin it right, then left, but the ball goes to ground.

We’ll come back for the penalty.

Lolesio from dead in front.

Lolesio scores!

Australia leads for the first time tonight! 9-6.

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Second half: The Wallabies get us back underway

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ABC’s Brett McKay has his say


Audience comment by Wallabies rule

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A clear red card

Red card? If anything, he “headbutted” Hill’s shoulder. Red cards for stupidity? Look at some of their tattoos!


Not sure what their tattoos have to do with anything, but once you headbut someone, you deserve a red card.

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Half time, Wallabies 6-6 England


Well, what a brutal half of rugby.

England had the run of the play in that first half but could not make their possession and territory count thanks to a really disjointed effort in the backline.

The Wallabies have had a shocking run of injuries with a horror arm break to Tom Banks, Allan Allalatoa with a head knock, and Darcy Swain to a mindless red card just before the break.

However, they go into the sheds level!

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40+2′ Penalty Wallabies, Lolesio converts, 6-6

The Wallabies take it up off the lineout through Slipper and then Valentini hammers through the line as well.

It looked like England had hands on that, but our referee thinks otherwise and the Wallabies get a kick from bang in front.

We’re all tied up at the break, 6-6.

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