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England v Australia - Story of the match

England overcame an alarming start to register a record-equalling 14th successive victory by crushing Australia 37-21 at Twickenham.

Somehow Eddie Jones' men trailed by only 10 points after an utterly one-sided opening spell that saw wing Sefa Naivalu cross and the Wallabies foiled on two more occasions by desperate final-stand defending.

Rampant Australia targeted George Ford repeatedly and forced openings at will, but they were aided by passive opponents who were quickly reduced to fire fighting at every turn. Once again drawing on their resolve, however, injury-ravaged England clawed their way back with an opportunist score from the superb Jonathan Joseph the beginning of the end for the tourists.

TWEET OF THE MATCH:

"What time did England think kick off was?? 3pm....

"I asked for this.. abuse is thick and fast" - former Wallabies back Matt Giteau (@giteau_rugby) on England's slow start and later on their response.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH:

England had just regained the lead when Youngs took a quick tap penalty, sold Nick Phipps a dummy and scored. Owen Farrell's conversion gave England a nine-point cushion.

STAR MAN:

Jonathan Joseph. Scored the try which wrested the momentum in favour of an under-siege England before kicking through for Yarde to score at a crucial time early in the second half. Intercepted David Pocock's pass for England's fourth try. Honourable mentions to Nathan Hughes, George Kruis and Farrell.

STAT OF THE MATCH:

England claimed a 14th successive win and 13th in 2016 to go a calendar year undefeated for the first time since 1992.

VILLAIN OF THE DAY:

Dane Haylett-Petty. A late and unnecessary hit on Mike Brown saw the Australia wing sin-binned and left the Wallabies to see out the final eight minutes with 14 men.

WHO'S UP NEXT?

England v France, Twickenham, RBS 6 Nations, Saturday, February 4, 2017

Australia - TBC

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