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Published 12/06/2016

James Haskell was immense against Australia
James Haskell was immense against Australia

Eddie Jones' England stand one win away from an historic series victory in Australia after dispatching the Wallabies 38-29 in the opening Test at Suncorp Stadium.

Here Press Association Sport examines five lessons learnt from the game.

A FORCE ONCE AGAIN

England arrived Down Under as Grand Slam champions, yet still had everything to prove. Respect for the RBS 6 Nations is limited in this part of the world, but a thumping win against Australia has elevated them to a place among the elite of the global game.

JONES AN INSPIRED CHOICE

Eddie Jones has been described as rugby's Jose Mourinho, his intensity and demand for all-out commitment yielding short-terms rewards before eventually leaving players burnt out and disillusioned. Less jubilant times may lay ahead, but a first Grand Slam for 13 years and precious victory on Australian soil with a series triumph within grasp has already justified his appointment.

HASKELL TAKES CENTRE STAGE

James Haskell was on the periphery of Stuart Lancaster's England, a player whose face did not fit in a regime that was described as a teacher and pupil environment. It is a different case with Jones, who admires Haskell's willingness to put his body on the line and has told him he is needed by his country. Now the openside's confidence is soaring and Saturday's first Test was possibly the finest performance of his career.

FORD AND FARRELL MUST START

After his controversial omission from last autumn's World Cup squad, there was a groundswell of goodwill for Luther Burrell to succeed at inside centre, but he failed to last the first half hour after being replaced in a tactical substitution with his defence under the microscope. On came George Ford to reunite the Grand Slam-winning 10-12 axis and Australia's early onslaught soon gave way to English dominance with Jones praising the control they brought to the game.

SUPERSTAR FOLAU

England may have triumphed, but the best player on the pitch at Suncorp Stadium was Israel Folau, the Wallabies full-back whose athleticism, handling and running lines unlocked the tourists' defence time and again. Jones described him as a "big giraffe" who is hard to tackle and he will provide the great threat in the second Test in Melbourne.

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