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Wallabies defy injuries, cards for famous win over England

Sat, 02/07/2022, 12:03 pm
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
The Wallabies hosted England in their first international of 2022.

The Wallabies have defied the red-carding of Darcy Swain and a bevvy of injuries, taking a 30-28 win over England in a wild encounter at Optus Stadium.

They powered home with a brilliant second half display as Dave Rennie's men were galvanised by constant setbacks.

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The hosts lost Quade Cooper (calf) before the game, thrusting Noah Lolesio into the starting side and James O'Connor onto the bench.

This was compounded by the loss of Tom Banks to an apparent broken arm after a gruesome collision. The horror half continued with Darcy Swain sent off for a headbutt.

However, the hosts refused to give up, with three second half tries securing the win and ending England's recent run of dominance

With Cooper out, England started strong through a pair of penalties to Owen Farrell.

They created the first major chance of the game when Farrell set up Tom Curry, however, a great tackle from Marika Koroibete stopped a certain try to Joe Marchant.

The Wallabies suffered a further blow with Banks' series all but over after a nasty collision left him writhing on the ground with a suspected broken arm.

New flyhalf Noah Lolesio reduced the margin with a penalty of his own before the game flipped on its head once again in the 34th minute.

The hosts were building positive momentum with Andrew Kellaway at the back before the play was brought back by the TMO for an off-the-ball incident.

They found Darcy Swain to have allegedly headbutted Jonny Hill after his hair was pulled. Swain was red carded for his actions whilst Hill was sent for ten.

Despite this, the Wallabies hung tough and found the lead with two penalties to Lolesio each side of the half and a powerful performance from man-of-the-match Samu Kerevi.

England found a way through via Ellis Genge and the rolling maul as the visitors continued to build pressure.

Needing a spark, Marika Koroibete came up with a brilliant regather from the kick off to put the Wallabies in perfect field position.

Some wonderful hands from Len Ikitau and Kellaway put Jordan Petaia through, who dived over in the corner. Noah Lolesio slotted the conversion from the sidelines to put the Wallabies in front 16-14.

It went from bad to worse for England as number eight Billy Vunipola drew the ire of the TMO, yellow carded for a high tackle.

This allowed the Wallabies to strike and found their way over via the rolling maul and new Force recruit Folau Fainga’a.

Lolesio once again nailed the conversion from the sidelines to push the lead out to 23-14.

With momentum on their side, replacement back-rower Pete Samu sealed the win after a great ball from Jake Gordon.

Two late tries to Henry Arundell and Jack Van Poortvliet make the scoreline closer than it was but the game was well and truely out of reach as the Wallabies broke an eight-game losing streak to the English.

WALLABIES 30

TRIES: Petaia, Fainga'a, Samu

CONS: Lolesio 3/3

PENS: Lolesio 3/3

ENGLAND 28

TRIES: Genge, Arundell, Van Poortvliet

CONS: Farrell 2/3

PENS: Farrell 3/4

WALLABIES V ENGLAND TEAMS

WALLABIES (1-15): Angus Bell, Dave Porecki, Allan Alaalatoa, Darcy Swain, Cadeyrn Neville, Rob Leota, Michael Hooper (c), Rob Valetini, Nic White, Noah Lolesio, Marika Koroibete, Samu Kerevi, Len Ikitau, Andrew Kellaway, Tom Banks

Reserves: Folau Fainga'a, Scott Sio, James Slipper, Matt Philip, Pete Samu, Jake Gordon, James O'Connor, Jordan Petaia

ENGLAND (1-15): Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Will Stuart, Maro Itjoe, Jonny Hill, Courtney Lawes (c), Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola, Danny Care, Marcus Smith, Joe Cokanasiga, Owen Farrell, Joe Marchant, Jack Nowell, Freddie Steward

Reserves: Luke Cowan-Dicke, Mako Vunipola, Joe Heyes, Ollie Chessum, Lewis Ludlam, Jack Van Poortvliet, Guy Porter, Henry Arundell

Referee: James Doleman (NZR)

Assistant Referees: Andrew Brace (IRFU) & Craig Evans (WRU)

TMO: Brendon Pickerill (NZR)

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