England have pulled off a 32-15 win over a courageous Wallabies at Twickenham
The visitors struggled with handling and discipline throughout the contest with Tom Wright and Angus Bell sent to the bin for separate incidents.
This allowed Owen Farrell and England to eventually kick clear against a spirited defensive showing from Dave Rennie's men.
In front of a packed-out Twickenham, James O’Connor opened the scoring via the boot as the Wallabies looked to build pressure.
England responded instantly as Marcus Smith held the play up to put fullback Freddie Steward through a hole.
A right footstep from the 20-year-old handed England the first try of the game and a quick 7-3 lead.
As the Wallabies struggled to break the line, both teams opted to go up by threes via the boots of O’Connor and centurion Owen Farrell.
With the hosts buoyed on, a barnstorming run from hooker Jamie George saw winger Tom Wright collect him high, sending him to the bin for ten minutes.
An inspired Wallabies defensive performance kept them in the game, highlighted by an incredible tackle from Nic White in the 35th minute.
After a 5 metre maul, George looked certain to score, however, White pulled off a Gregan-esque tackle to dislodge the ball, keeping them in the game as O’Connor reduces the margin to four
The visitors continued to build pressure with O’Connor’s fifth of the night put them within one just after the break.
However, they once again raised the ire of the TMO as Angus Bell’s dangerous cleanout saw the prop marched for ten.
Down a man, the Wallabies’ defence continued to keep them in the game as they looked to find a way through the English defence.
They received a further blow with Bell still in the bin as Michael Hooper limped off with an apparent ankle injury.
The constant pressure from England allowed them to extend their lead out to ten as Dave Rennie’s men pushed for a way back into the contest.
In the end, the hosts took advantage of a final loose Wallabies attack as replacement hooker Jamie Blamire ran away for the try and the win.
TRIES: Steward, Blamire
CONS: Farrell, Smith
PENS: Farrell 5, Smith
PENS: O'Connor 5