Australia 30 – 28 England


Tries from Jordan Petaia, Folau Fainga’a, Pete Samu in the final 17 minutes saw Australia come from 14-9 behind to win 30-28 despite going more than 45 minutes without a man; Ellis Genge, Henry Arundell, Jack van Poortvliet score for England – Last two tries in and after last minute

Last update: 07/02/22 1:22 p.m.

Folau Fainga’a was one of three substitute goalscorers as 14-man Australia beat England

A trio of last-quarter tries saw 14-man Australia claim a 30-28 win over England and a 1-0 series lead against the odds in the first Test in Perth, after the hosts lost second row Darcy Swain to a 34th-minute red card.

Tries from substitutes Jordan Petaia, Folau Fainga’a and Pete Samu capped a remarkable turnaround for a hugely troubled Wallabies side, who also suffered a number of early injuries.

A tight game saw England lead 6-3 in the game’s most significant moment, as Kiwi referee James Doleman sent off Swain for a header on England lock Jonny Hill, after Hill fired Swain’s hair.

The England man was convicted for his role in the incident, but Swain’s loss for the remainder of the match gave the Wallabies a tough task.

A try from Ellis Genge early in the second half, plus Owen Farrell’s boot, put England 14-9 ahead and seemingly on course for victory, but that was until the end. intervention of Petaia with 15 minutes to go, and Noah Lolesio, 22 years old. superb conversion.

Australia – Tries: Petaia (63), Fainga’a (69), Samu (76). Against: Lolesio (64, 70, 77). Paddock: Lolesio (23, 40, 43).

England – Tries: Genge (49), Arundell (79), van Poortlviet (80). Cons: Farrell (80, 80+). Pens: Farrell (7, 21, 60).

England number 8 Billy Vunipola was then shown a yellow card for a high tackle on Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper, before hooker Fainga’a dived, and third row Samu shoved his way in later to secure the victoire.

England scored very late tries through debutants Henry Arundell and Jack van Poortvliet, but they only proved consolation scores.

The hosts also lost starting half-half Quade Cooper minutes after kick-off to a lower leg injury and lacked fluidity in attack for much of the game as Lolesio struggled to big games, but head coach Dave Rennie will be delighted to pick a most unlikely win, and Australia’s first against England since 2015.

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And after?

England are next in action for the second Test of the three-Test series against Australia in a week in Brisbane on Saturday July 9, live on Sky Sports Action from 10.15 a.m. (kick-off at 10.55 a.m.).




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