England sweep the series 3-0

Owen Farrell kicked 24 points as England racked up a record score to beat Australia 44-40 in a rollercoaster of a third test in Sydney yesterday and inflict a first 3-0 home series sweep on the Wallabies since 1971.

Tries from prop Dan Cole, fullback Mike Brown, number eight Billy Vunipola and replacement hooker Jamie George combined with flyhalf Farrell’s tally helped extend England’s winning streak under Australian coach Eddie Jones to nine matches.

“Very few sides beat Australia in Australia so it’s a significant achievement,” Jones said.

“It was a fantastic effort and we’re pleased with the 3-0 result but we realise we’ve still got a lot of work to do if we want to be-come the number one side in the world, and we do.”

Australia scored five tries through wingers Dane Haylett-Petty and Taqele Naiyaravoro, flyhalf Bernard Foley, fullback Israel Folau and flanker Michael Hooper but were unable to match the discipline of the Six Nations champions.

England won the first test in Brisbane 39-28 with their previous record points tally before securing their first series triumph in Australia with a 23-7 victory in Melbourne.

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