Rugby World Cup , Pool A - Twickenham, 3 October 2015, 20:00 local, 19:00 GMT
England (3) 13 - 33 (17) Australia (FT)

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Hello and welcome to ESPN's live coverage of the Pool A clash between England and Australia!

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Also see:
- Tom May: It's about time England found their mojo
- England must make Australia quit - Youngs
- Cohen: England's inexperience worries me

England XV: Mike Brown, Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, Brad Barritt, Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs, Joe Marler, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Geoff Parling, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw, Ben Morgan

Australia XV: Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Giteau, Rob Horne, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Scott Sio, Stephen Moore, Sekope Kepu, Kane Douglas, Rob Simmons, Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper, David Pocock

1

England kick us off!

Big first tackle on Owen Farrell there already just along half way, and we already have the first scrum for a knock on. Youngs to feed.

2

England emerge victorious and feed it along the line, before Youngs chips over the top. Bizarrely, there was no England player chasing and Australia are back in possession with the scrum. Genia feeds before recollecting, sending the ball long into the England's far corner.

Mike Brown catches ball but is deemed in touch so Australia have the first lineout, well into the English 22. Here we go...

3

Driving maul - something which has worked so well for the Wallabies in the competition so far - pays dividends again and if it wasn't for some poor handling from Israel Folau, Australia would definitely have had the first try of the game down their left flank.

4

We're awaiting the scrum now, midway inside the England 22...

5

Australia manage to keep the ball away and the pressure is mounting on the English defence... Not a great start from England here and a try is still looming.

6

Great cross field kick but Israel Folau fails to collect in the air under pressure from Watson - another genuine chance for try. Play has been brought back though, as Australia have the penalty as England are caught offside.

7 0 - 3

AUSTRALIA TAKE THE LEAD 3-0
Bernard Foley - who already has 200 international points to his name - collects the first three of the night from the penalty kick!

9

England running it in midfield for the first time before Foley catches Watson who looks like he could be breaking through after Farrell's neat little offload. Joseph involved heavily with the tackling here as well. England now have the scrum along the right flank.

10

Early casualty here as Rob Horne makes way, looks like something to do with his arm... Shame for the Wallabies.

11

England win the penalty from the scrum and this has Farrell three points written all over it. Fairly centre and on the edge of the 22.

12 3 - 3

Farrell makes it!

Farrell adds the extra three, taking his international point tally up to 330...

15

England together putting some nice phases but Joseph mishandles - admittedly due to a poor offload - and Australia retrieve possession in their 22 and boot up field. Australia lineout now, just inside the English 22.

16

Israel Folau bursts who some England tackles with ease but eventually is taken down by Brown. However, they've managed a scrum inside England's 22 again for Mike Brown's knock on.

18

England throwing the tackles in hard right under their posts, under real pressure here especially down England's right. Folau at the fore of all the attacking movements from the Wallabies.

19 3 - 8

Australia doing well to recycle the ball and shift it efficiently down their line...

TRY! Foley scores!
Eventually the pressure told. England simply ran out of numbers leaving the space for Foley. Little show-and-go leaves the door open between Brown and Launchbury and the No.10 breaks through and secures the first try of the evening.

21 3 - 10

Foley - conversion

22

England lineout along the half way, which they take well before offloading down their line to the right. Joseph storms forward - 10 metres or so - before being taken down. England now work it along the opposite direction. Jonny May takes it upon himself to replicate Joseph's little burst but, as we saw with the centre himself, it's not long before he's hacked down.

23

25

Cross field kick from Farrell does find May down the left flank - he did superbly to win it in the air over Ashley-Cooper - but knocks on. Australia have the scrum just inside their own half.

26

England guilty of coming across in the scrum, turning in on the right hand side from Marler. Aus pen.

Monster kick from Gitau who pings it right down into the English corner. They have the subsequent lineout.

29

After a succession of scrums, England are awarded the penalty which Farrell kicks out for the lineout along half way. Driving maul results, but both sides are stuck in a bit of stalemate. Robshaw leads by example and advances on his own 10 metres eventually. Good effort from the England No.7.

30

31

32

Games slowed down a bit here. Australia looking the more likely to score, but neither side are taking full control. Nice flow from Australia with regards to moving the ball around.

33

We've got another England scrum down the left flank on half way... Complete mess and England - in particular Marler again - are penalised for not driving straight and we have Australian penalty. All three penalties that England have conceded so far have all come from scrums...

34 3 - 15

AUSTRALIA TRY!
Real quality from Australia. Lovely line break which results from the lineout thanks to Pocock, and Foley's little give and go with Beale slices Ben Youngs and Ben Morgan completely apart. Real great stuff from the Wallabies there, and at a pivotal point in the game, too.

35 3 - 17

Foley - conversion

36

37

Austrlia lineout and they convert that into the driving maul, a real weapon not only here but as we've seen in their previous two games.

39

Australia on the attack again but stopped in the England 22 by Mike Brown. Brown lucky to get away with a little swing after Hooper's late tackle on him was eventually penalised.

40

HALF-TIME!

40+1

HALF TIME ANALYSIS
ESPN's Sam Bruce, who's at Twickenham, had this to say:
"Bernard Foley has had a first half to remember at Twickenham to pilot Australia into a strong position at half-time of their crunch Pool A clash with England. The playmaker has mixed his game up superbly, picking up both of the Wallabies' tries and kicking three goals to lead the two-time champions to a 17-3 lead at the break. England have had their moments, with Jonathan Joseph in particular looking dangerous, but they haven't been able to match Australia's ball control - much of which has to do with Foley. The first of his two tries came went he took the line on, broke through, and then stepped full-back Mike Brown while he combined with Kurtley Beale in a brilliant one-two for his second. England have it all to do in the second half."

40

Ford on for May, and we're back off. Australia kick the game back into action.

41

After a nice little bit of play from Australia, working the ball well right to left, they let it slip and 'pass' the ball into touch. England have the lineout, don't take full control as they've thrown it too hard and the ball finds its way into Australian possession.

42

Ford's long corner kick is chased down by Watson but it's knocked on by the winger. Aus scrum.

44

England's most attacking bit of play yet. Some real urgency, exactly what is needed, and it's no surprise to see Brown on the end of it. However, they can't make pressure count just yet and Australia are bailed out by some last man tackling.

45

47

Australia have their seventh lineout of the game down their left flank. Moore's throw proves useful and they opt for the subsequent scrum. Would we have said that a year ago? Probably not.

48

England concede the penalty from the scrum as their pack is penalised for not driving straight - Marler's fault, again. Another three for Foley here?

49 3 - 20

Yes. Foley adds the three. Really isn't looking good for Lancaster's men.

50

Unsurprisingly, Marler has come off while England now also have a new scrum half in Wigglesworth.

51

England penalty now after a late tackle on Robshaw. Once again opted for the lineout deeper in the Australian half despite being within kicking range.

52

The lineout leads to the rolling maul but Australia do well to keep out the Red Rose out. England pressure is mounting and for the first time in the game look like a genuine attacking threat. Great interception from Foley in the build up after a sweeping England move that had left Joseph's hands last. Looked like an incoming England try - at last - but Foley once again the man of the moment.

53

England now have the scrum just on the edge of the Australian 22.

54

Better shove from the England 8 in the scrum and they emerge comfortably in possession. However, Australia's line looks like something made of titanium. Nothing's working for England right now, they can't find the break they're so desperately after.

55 8 - 20

WATSON TRY FOR ENGLAND!
It was coming. George Ford's vision and passing helps to find Watson on his right, and Watson's strength JUST about kept off the two Australian's tackling from behind. Good try and an even better conversion kick from Farrell.

56 10 - 20

Farrell - conversion

58

England are under the cosh again and have some defending to do as Australia take their turn at attacking again. The lineout is dispatched well and they work it well - right to left and then back left again. But, it's not for long, as Youngs takes the ball back for England. Nice work.

59

Ford kicks deep into the Australian half, before it's returned, but then Farrell takes command and kicks back himself. Folau opts to run it himself once collecting from the air, rather than carrying on this game of back and forth football.

60

Australia have the lineout down the left... but it's stolen by England!

61

62

Australia's lineout down the right - deep in the 22 - evolves into the driving maul but England do manage this time to get the ball to the ground.

Australia continue to make their lineout pressure pay, and England are at serious risk of conceding another try here... Uncomfortably close to their own try line.

63

England's defence holds safe and manages to escape after some dodgy Australian handling. A couple of toe pokes from England pushes them further up the pitch, deep into the Australian half.

64 13 - 20

And they've managed a penalty! Rather than go for the lineout, they've opted for the points and Farrell makes sure of them! Game on - within a try now.

65

Barritt off, Burgess on... Are you thinking what I am?

67

68

Patient defending from England who're biding their time and forcing a mistake... They've got the scrum now inside their own half.

69

Australia happy to run the clock down as we await the scrum to be reset...

70

Wayward Watson kick goes out into touch and the Wallabies have the lineout.

71 13 - 23

England in trouble here as the ref brings the play back. Farrell and Burgess tackles both being reviewed by the TMO for tackling without the ball AND for high tackles. Both could be binned here....

...England are to finish the match with 14 as Farrell has been sent to the bin. Not only will England finish with a man down but Australia have the penalty in kicking range - Foley to take. Not looking good for Lancaster and England. From bad to worse.

72

England penalised for knocking the ball forward and Australia have the scrum on half way. Time ticking down...

73

It's looking even more unlikely as Australia have another penalty after England falter at the scrum. That's five England penalties in the scrum now.

74

75 13 - 26

Foley - penalty goal

76

We have another Australian scrum, this time in their half...

77

Australia obliterate England in the scrum and England's humiliation is just about complete. Another penalty conceded, too.

78

Nice little break from Watson after England suffered even more Australian pressure. The men in white put their opponents on the back foot for the last time not just in this game, but any team in this World Cup, too.

79 13 - 31

But, Australia TRY!!!!
Australia forced the turnover on the left touch line, and they knew exactly where the space was and Cheika's men rub salt in the wounds as Giteau makes the try from Ashley-Cooper's offload. This couldn't have gone much worse for England.

80 13 - 33

IT'S DONE!

 

FULL TIME ANALYSIS

ESPN's Sam Bruce had this to say...

"England's Rugby World Cup campaign is over after the failed to confront the dual threat of David Pocock and Michael Hooper, while also playing witness to a Bernard Foley masterclass. The Wallabies No.10 had easily his finest outing in the gold jumper to guide Australia to a 33-13 victory at Twickenham. Foley scored all but five of Australia's points, the fly-half grabbing two tries in the first half and going perfect with the boot to etch his name in glory. England momentarily threatened a comeback after trailing 17-3 at the break but they were always playing from behind. Jonathan Joseph's try offered some hope but a yellow card to Owen Farrell ended any chance of a late fightback. Australia, buoyed by their dominance at scrum time, then iced one of their finest ever outings at the home of English Rugby as Matt Giteau took flight to touch down in the corner. They now look to Wales next week while England must find some motivation to contest a dead rubber with minnows Uruguay."

80

ENGLAND ARE OUT!

Timeline

Time England  Score  Australia
0 start of first half start of first half
7 0 - 3 Foley - penalty goal
10 Beale - sub on
Horne - sub off
12 Farrell - penalty goal 3 - 3
19 3 - 8 Foley - try
21 3 - 10 Foley - conversion
34 3 - 15 Foley - try
35 3 - 17 Foley - conversion
40 end of first half
Ford - sub on
May - sub off
end of first half
40 start of second half start of second half
49 Marler - sub off
Vunipola - sub on
Wigglesworth - sub on
BR Youngs - sub off
3 - 20 Foley - penalty goal
53 Brookes - sub on
Cole - sub off
55 Watson - try 8 - 20
56 Farrell - conversion 10 - 20 Sio - sub off
Slipper - sub on
Holmes - sub on
Kepu - sub off
57 Easter - sub on
Morgan - sub off
60 TN Youngs - sub off
Webber - sub on
Genia - sub off
Phipps - sub on
64 Farrell - penalty goal
Burgess - sub on
Barritt - sub off
13 - 20 Toomua - sub on
Folau - sub off
Moore - sub off
Polota-Nau - sub on
Mumm - sub on
Simmons - sub off
68 Kruis - sub on
Launchbury - sub off
70 Farrell - yellow card
71 13 - 23 Foley - penalty goal
75 13 - 26 Foley - penalty goal
McCalman - sub on
Fardy - sub off
79 13 - 31 Giteau - try
80 end of second half
end of half
13 - 33 Foley - conversion
end of second half
end of half
0
80 13 - 33 Foley - conversion

Notes

 
Result Australia won by a margin of 20 points
Rugby World Cup points Australia 4, England 0
 
Ground name Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance 81010
 
Referee R Poite (France)
 
England Test debuts none
Australia Test debuts none

Teams

England Australia
Tries Watson (55) Tries Foley (19, 34), Giteau (79)
Cons Farrell (56) Cons Foley (21, 35, 80)
Pens Farrell (12, 64) Pens Foley (7, 49, 71, 75)

Match stats

England   Australia
1 Tries 3
1 from 1 Conversion goals 3 from 3
2 from 2 Penalty goals 4 from 4
100.0% Kick at goal success 100.0%
0 Dropped goals 0
Kick/pass/run
32 Kicks from hand 32
169 Passes 134
111 Runs 104
423 Metres run with ball 283
Attacking
49% (46%/51%) Possession (1H/2H) 51% (54%/49%)
47% (46%/47%) Territory (1H/2H) 53% (54%/53%)
7 Clean breaks 5
22 Defenders beaten 15
8 Offloads 8
76 from 84 (90.5%) Rucks won 82 from 86 (95.3%)
4 from 4 (100.0%) Mauls won 8 from 9 (88.9%)
17 Turnovers conceded 11
Defensive
120/15 Tackles made/missed 124/22
89.0% Tackling success rate 85.0%
Set pieces
5 won, 1 lost (83.3%) Scrums on own feed 8 won, 0 lost (100.0%)
7 won, 1 lost (87.5%) Lineouts on own throw 11 won, 2 lost (84.6%)
Discipline
9 (0) Penalties conceded (Freekicks) 6 (1)
1/0 Yellow/red cards 0/0

Eng stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Brown 0/0 0 3/5/10 69 1 4 1 3 2/1 1/0 1 0/0
W Watson 1/0 5 2/1/7 62 3 3 1 3 3/1 0/0 0 0/0
C Joseph 0/0 0 0/13/9 50 2 1 1 1 5/1 0/0 0 0/0
C Barritt 0/0 0 0/4/4 6 0 0 0 0 15/0 0/0 0 0/0
W May 0/0 0 4/0/5 27 1 1 0 2 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
FH Farrell 0/0 8 6/22/6 41 0 0 0 1 10/0 0/0 2 1/0
SH BR Youngs 0/0 0 3/47/5 7 0 1 1 1 2/2 0/0 0 0/0
P Marler 0/0 0 0/1/1 0 0 0 0 0 4/1 0/0 3 0/0
H TN Youngs 0/0 0 0/0/11 26 0 2 0 1 9/1 0/0 0 0/0
P Cole 0/0 0 0/0/2 0 0 0 0 0 5/0 0/0 0 0/0
L Launchbury 0/1 0 0/3/6 33 1 2 1 1 13/2 0/0 0 0/0
L Parling 0/0 0 0/3/8 0 0 0 1 1 6/3 5/1 0 0/0
F Wood 0/0 0 1/1/8 39 1 3 0 0 7/1 1/0 1 0/0
F Robshaw 0/0 0 0/2/5 2 0 1 0 0 8/1 0/0 0 0/0
N8 Morgan 0/0 0 0/7/8 21 0 1 0 0 5/1 0/0 0 0/0
(H) Webber 0/0 0 0/1/2 0 0 0 0 0 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Vunipola 0/0 0 0/1/3 4 0 1 0 1 3/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Brookes 0/0 0 0/2/1 3 0 0 1 0 4/0 0/0 2 0/0
(L) Kruis 0/0 0 0/1/1 0 0 1 0 1 0/0 0/1 0 0/0
(N8) Easter 0/0 0 0/0/4 8 0 0 0 1 7/0 0/0 0 0/0
(SH) Wigglesworth 0/0 0 3/32/2 10 0 0 0 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
(W) Ford 0/0 0 10/21/2 15 0 1 0 0 3/0 0/0 0 0/0
(C) Burgess 0/0 0 0/2/1 0 0 0 1 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

Aust stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Folau 0/0 0 2/6/10 49 1 5 1 1 3/1 0/0 0 0/0
W Ashley-Cooper 0/1 0 1/1/5 56 2 1 0 0 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
C Kuridrani 0/0 0 0/2/9 10 0 1 0 0 5/2 0/0 1 0/0
C Giteau 1/0 5 8/6/9 32 1 1 0 1 8/0 0/0 1 0/0
W Horne 0/0 0 0/0/1 3 0 0 0 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
FH Foley 2/0 28 13/16/9 51 2 2 0 1 4/2 0/0 0 0/0
SH Genia 0/1 0 5/56/2 0 0 0 1 1 6/2 0/0 0 0/0
P Sio 0/0 0 0/1/4 3 0 0 0 0 7/0 0/0 2 0/0
H Moore 0/0 0 0/2/6 6 0 1 0 0 11/0 0/0 0 0/0
P Kepu 0/0 0 0/2/3 9 0 0 1 0 7/1 0/0 0 0/0
L Douglas 0/0 0 0/1/2 0 0 0 0 0 9/0 0/0 1 0/0
L Simmons 0/0 0 0/1/9 3 0 1 0 1 8/1 5/0 0 0/0
F Fardy 0/0 0 0/2/7 5 0 0 0 0 9/1 2/0 0 0/0
F Hooper 0/0 0 0/3/5 7 0 1 1 1 10/3 2/0 1 0/0
N8 Pocock 0/0 0 0/7/8 11 0 1 2 1 8/3 0/0 0 0/0
(H) Polota-Nau 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 2/1 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Slipper 0/0 0 0/0/3 9 0 0 0 1 4/1 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Holmes 0/0 0 0/0/2 0 0 0 0 0 3/0 0/0 0 0/0
(L) Mumm 0/0 0 0/0/2 1 0 0 0 0 4/0 1/0 0 0/0
(F) McCalman 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0 0/0
(SH) Phipps 0/0 0 0/22/2 5 0 0 1 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(FB) Toomua 0/0 0 0/1/2 6 0 0 0 0 2/1 0/0 0 0/0
(W) Beale 0/1 0 3/5/4 17 1 1 1 1 8/1 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

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