Wallabies fall to England at Twickenham

Sunday December 4, 2016

The Wallabies have been unable to end England’s run of victories in 2016 falling at Twickenham 21-37 in London on Sunday morning.

Despite early dominance by Australia, England was able to work their way into the match, leaving the Wallabies to rue missed opportunities in the opening half.

In the frequently brutal Test match, England were forced to use everything in their arsenal to overcome a committed Wallabies outfit, that fought to the very end of proceedings.

The Wallabies 2016 campaign has now ended and the squad will return home with Super Rugby to kick off in February 2017.

Early in the match a scrum win by Australia on England’s five metre line off the home side’s feed allowed the Wallabies to capitalise on their early dominance of possession and territory and take a 7-0 advantage when Sefa Naivalu received a floating pass to score near the posts.

The Wallabies lamented the opportunity to press home their advantage when Sekope Kepu dived over the line, only to be held up by some desperate England defence.

Two penalties from Owen Farrell brought England back into the match, but it was a runaway try to Jonathan Joseph that caused the most pain for the Wallabies with Joseph kicking the ball through from a poor handling error, allowing England to take the lead 10-13.

Two late penalties to Wallabies flyhalf, Bernard Foley, returned the lead to the men in gold heading into half time 16-13.

The second half saw a re-committed England emerge from the sheds and score two quick tries through Marlande Yarde and Ben Youngs to compound the complete swing in momentum towards the home side and take the score to 16-30.

A try to Sekope Kepu sparked a Wallabies revival, with Australia finding some of the momentum that they carried in the first half to bring the match to within nine points, 21-30.

With the Wallabies desperate to rein in the scoreboard, David Pocock throw a long pass that was intercepted by Jonathan Joseph, that ended any final hopes of a comeback by Australia with the score moving to 21-37.

The loss leaves the Wallabies with three victories out of a potential five on their Spring Tour to Europe in 2016.

England 37 (Jonathan Joseph 2, Marland Yarde, Ben Youngs tries; Owen Farrell 3, George Ford cons; Owen Farrell 3 pens) defeated Australia 21 (Sefa Naivalu, Sekope Kepu tries; Bernard Foley con; Bernard Foley 2 pens)

News Source: ARU Media