We have to go back to 2015 to find traces of an Australian success over England. After eight defeats in a row, the Wallabies were able to find the way to victory in spectacular fashion from the hour mark. But the essential thing is, for the Australians, in this mental success on the lawn of Perth . The English, they will have the next two test matches to reverse the trend. In the meantime, this is the first defeat of the English coach, Eddie Jones, against his adopted country.
Alongside the orgy of rugby – nine tries – seen between New Zealanders and Irish in Auckland a few hours earlier, this clash which was announced to be telluric opposing, in Perth, Australia to England gave birth for an hour of ‘a dull meeting, punctuated by approximations, clumsiness, interspersed with faults which allowed the scorers, Noah Lolesio (who replaced Quade Cooper at short notice, forfeited just before kick-off) on the Australian side and Owen Farrell for the English, to furnish the score.
Australians outnumbered…and liberated
6-6 at the break, the Australians had no margin, especially since they were definitely evolving at fourteen since the 34th minute after the red card inflicted on their second line Darcy Swain, for a header on his screw -à-vis Jonny Hill who, himself, received a yellow card for having initiated this fight… A third goal from Lolesio (43rd) gave the illusion at the start of the second period, before the English pack took a position of ball carried behind penaltouch to score the first try (49th, 9-11) of this padlocked match and regain the lead in the score.
In numerical inferiority, it must be believed that the Australians were released since they scored three tries: one at the end of the line by Petaia (64th) on a millimeter action, the second in force signed Fainga’a (69th) behind a ball carried and the third (78th) signed Samu, who took care of his entry into the game to seal this unexpected victory, despite the exploits of the English winger Arundell (80th) and that of Van Poortvliet (80th + 3rd).