Australia set for do-or-die clash with Hayne's Fiji

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by Chris Ford

England have knocked off Australia 10-7 in a tight contest at Twickenham.

The win sets up a tantalising clash with Fiji to decide who will progress from Pool B, with Jarryd Hayne in search of more game time in the Sevens format.

A grinding first half opened up as England speedster Dan Norton crossed over out wide.

Australia had limited possession but a bustling run from Pama Fou put them in the ideal position and Sam Figg capitalised, scoring on the halftime siren.

John Porch nailed the conversion to give Australia the lead at the break in front of a raucous Twickenham crowd.

Australia producing a gritty defensive display to hold out a fired-up England, spurred on by ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ as it was bellowed around the stadium.

The visitors couldn't hold out the barrage though, with captain Pat McCutcheon sent to the bin after slowing the breakdown.

England taking full advantage with Marcus Watson scoring from the very next play, to give the hosts a three-point lead with a minute to play.

A brave restart from England allowed them to regather the ball but a strong turnover from Henry Hutchison gave Australia one last chance.

It wasn’t to be though with Australia dropping the ball out wide in search of the winning try. 

Australia will next face Fiji at 2.54am AEST.  

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