Live updates: Gutsy Wallabies snaps losing streak against England with 30-28 win in first Test

Australia have halted an eight-game losing streak to England and won the first Test 30-28 in Perth, despite playing much of the game with just 14 men.

The Wallabies were dealt a blow when lock Darcy Swain was shown a red card for a headbutt in the first half.

They trailed 14-9 in the second half, but three tries – all converted – gave the Wallabies a 16-point lead.

England responded in the shadow of full-time with two converted tries, but it wasn’t enough to deny the Wallabies their first win over their rivals since 2015.

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By Simon Smale

‘Gosh wizz, we really fought there’

Here’s Nic White speaking right after the game.

“It’s pretty wild,” he says of Stan Sport.

“The warm up was kind of funny, Quadey stopped minutes before kick-off, Noah coming in and doing a phenomenal job, knocking one guy down quite early, down to 13 guys at the end, so incredibly proud of the guys, who showed an incredible character against a very, very good side.

“How good!

“To beat them there against all odds at one point, gosh, we really fought there.

“We know they will be better next week. We’ll have to clean up some things.

“But now let’s ride that roller coaster.”

By Simon Smale

80+3′ Try England!

England barge over, Jack van Poortvliet scoot over from close range to make a try on debut.

Far too little too late from England, but in the end the points flow.

Farrell takes the conversion and scores it, the score ends at 30-28.

How he will regret those five missed points earlier in the game…

By Simon Smale

80+3′ Penalty England

A new break from Henry Arundell brings England to five meters!

He is quick…

Punishment for England.

They take the tap and go again.

By Simon Smale

80+1′ yellow card Noah Lolesio

Wallabies go deep with the kick-off and England slide the ball nicely to the left but Lolesio extends an arm and knocks deliberately.

England goes again.

By Simon Smale

80′ Try England!

Farrell came in shortly after kick-off and England retain their position.

Finally, the English made a backline move in which the ball goes to the hand, a nice tip pass from Steward and it is the debutant Henry Arundell who scores in the corner.

Farrell ices the conversion from the sidelines.

To be Australia 30, England 21 as the siren goes.

By Simon Smale

78′ Try Wallabies!

Pete Samu finishes it off, but that was another great team effort from Australia.

There were hard yards from the back on the left, led by Koroibete, then on the right by Kerevi and Kellaway.

But then Samu got the ball out in midfield about five yards, changed direction brilliantly on a step and slid over.

Wonderful attempt.

A great win for the Wallabies.

The kick is successful Wallabies lead 30-14

By Simon Smale

75′ Penalty Wallabies!

The scrum emerged when it mattered most!

They forced the English platoon back and they get their reward!

Big moment in the game.

By Simon Smale

73′ Free kick England!

England manage to win the decision at the lineout, with the Wallabies taking the ball straight to the ground.

There are many questioning looks, but it will be a scrum in England.

There’s a lot of blood out there, Luke Cowan-Dicke is being taped. It’s been such a game.

By Simon Smale

72′ Penalty Wallabies!

England had the attack there, Nowell won the ball from the kick-off and then pushed the ball nicely to the right.

Fainga’a makes a fantastic tackle on his own line and then Hooper and Samu come over the ball to win the penalty.

By Simon Smale

70′ Try Wallabies!

The rolling maul gets it done!

Folau Fainga’a is the man who comes up with it after diving over the line and the Wallabies, after enduring so much adversity, really do have some breathing room!

Australia leads 23-14the advantage over a converted try-ahead.


By Simon Smale

69′ Wallabies lineout five yards out

Petaia attacks the covering English defender who looks dazed.

There was definitely main contact there, but it has been let go.

According to the referee, there was no tackle attempt.

I’m surprised they don’t look at that anymore, given the previous incident.

By Simon Smale

68′ yellow card Billy Vunipola!

They watch Billy Vunipola’s tackle on Michael Hooper.

Hooper was bent over and tackled into Vunipola, who was himself low.

A yellow card?

The referee makes the blindingly obvious statement that the contact “looks faster in real time”.

He initially only wanted to give a penalty, but now that has been upgraded to yellow and the teams are level for the next ten minutes.

By Simon Smale

68′ Knock on Wallaby’s

England regain possession with Steward at the back.

Now they recycle a few times and kick the ball one more time.

Kellaway takes it well, but Hooper loses possession!

But hang on, we have a TMO intervention for potential foul play.

By Simon Smale

64′ Try Wallabies! Leadership 16-14!

That was great from the Wallabies.

Valentini was suspended early on as he ran off the back of the scrum, but Hooper shot through the line and took a few!

Kerevi ran on the line at pace on the left and earned a penalty advantage.

The Wallabies then shifted it to the right and the backs became straight enough to mislead the English defense and Petaia dives over the line in the right corner!

Lolesio converts and the Wallabies lead 16-14

By Simon Smale

62′ Wallaby’s scrum!

Koroibete bow!

A long kick-off from Nic White, Koroibete jumps up and gathers and then, going forward, wins the scrum.

Great opportunity for the Wallabies, a scrum in the England 22 on the left.

By Simon Smale

59′ Penalty England, Farrell converts, England lead 14-9

England of the lineout uses a flat pass for Smith and tries to crash through the line with Ludlam.

However, there is no possibility.

Punish England!

The Wallabies held their ground, never letting go of the tackler to create the ruck and the referee whistles after a long look.

Farrell, from the left side of the posts, 22 yards out, converts for the three points and England have a five point cushion.

By Simon Smale

58′ England lineout

England steal the front line-out!

The Wallabies have to defend one more time.

The ball is chipped into the back and the Wallabies move to the 10m line inside their own half for a lineout from England.

By Simon Smale

57′ Penalty Wallabies!

England keep the ball in the maul, but it’s not going anywhere.

Ludlam attacks at the line and nearly breaks, Hooper is there and that’s punishment for the Wallabies!

Itoje ruck not effective.

By Simon Smale

56′ England pressing

England win the lineout 15 yards out and probe at the Wallabies left defence.

Hill gets the ball wide to Vunipola, but the Wallabies scramble defense does the job.

It will be a lineout of England five meters away.

By Simon Smale

55′ Penalty England

Subs for the Wallabies: Scott Sio comes on, Matt Philip too.

The Wallabies are severely exhausted on the bench, remember, from those previous injuries and the red card.

Koroibete collided and was knocked back ten meters! I’ve never seen that before.

It was George and Ludlaim who met him, George then stole the ball.

There is a penalty for that.

England will kick for touch.


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