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England Beat Australia To Create History At Twickenham

England can now enjoy the Christmas turkey after beating Australia 37-21 to complete a clean sweep of 2016, including four Autumn International victories at Twickenham.

It completed the perfect stats for Eddie Jones – 13 wins in 13 matches since he took, over an unbeaten 2016. England now sit on 14 consecutive victories equalling the record of Sir Clive Woodward’s World Cup heroes of 2003.

One suspects there might be some mixed feelings for the Australian after again putting his compatriots to the sword following the resounding 3-0 Test victory Down Under earlier in the year, but not that he would admit.

England recover from slow start to make history at Twickenham

Yet England had been poor in the first half and Australia must have thought they were in with a chance of causing an upset.

It wasn’t to be because the home side, no doubt after a roasting from Jones, turned in a massively improved performance in the second period. England were sloppy in the opening stages.

Indeed the first scrum of the match was a turnover for Australia, leading to winger Sefanaia Naivalu striding clear at the corner. It was a frenzied start from the Wallabies, reminiscent of their start to the opening Test of the summer tour in Brisbane – where England looked all at sea for 20 minutes.

Thirty minutes in England got a scruffy score back. Aussie pair Nick Phipps and Sekope Kefu mess up, Owen Farrell fly-hacks forward and the ball sits up perfectly for predatory centre Jonathan Joseph to race clear under the posts.

So, 13-16 at half time.  Australia had made 267 metres to England’s 122, had 64 per cent possession and 70 per cent territory. The visitors correctly had three tries chalked off by the TMO, but it told a story.

So, England with plenty to do.

England overpower Australia with dominant second half performance

It took them just five minutes from the restart to get going. The outstanding Joseph spots the run of Marland Yarde and clips a kick through into the winger’s path. A hint of a knock-on in touching the ball down, but the TMO gives him the benefit of the doubt.

Another try for England – Hooper is penalised for playing off his feet, Ben Youngs takes a quick tap, proffers a lovely dummy, and is under the posts. Australia get one back through Kepu but then commit suicide.

Haylett-Petty shoulder barges Brown off the ball and is yellow carded. Pocock then throws a ghastly pass inside his own 22, which Joseph intercepts and it is all over.

Ben Youngs deservedly gets man of the match and England finish 2016 perfect.

Jones commented: “We were terrible in the first 20 minutes, we couldn’t have tried to play any worse than we did.

“But we rebounded fantastically, and the first 20 minutes of the second half we were absolutely outstanding.”

And he cautioned: “Every player has to remember that no-one is irreplaceable, and it’s an honour to wear the England shirt.”

England got the breaks; Australia made the mistakes. What a wonderful Autumn International series for England with victories over Argentina, South Africa, Fiji, and Australia.

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After a record breaking and historic 2016 England now turn their attention to the 2017 RBS Six Nations as they look to defend their Grand Slam crown.

The opening game could be another historic occasion with England meeting France in ‘Le Crunch’ at Twickenham – a win for Eddie Jones side would see them break the record of 14 wins and take them one step closer the New Zealand’s record of 18 consecutive Test Match victories.

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