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England roar back to complete perfect year

Marland Yarde touches the ball down to score a try for England against Australia, yesterday.

Marland Yarde touches the ball down to score a try for England against Australia, yesterday.

England overcame an awful start to roar back superbly and overwhelm Australia 37-21 at Twickenham yesterday to complete a perfect year of 13 wins under coach Eddie Jones.

Australia led 10-0 after a try by Sefa Naivalu and had three more ruled out by the TMO almost before England had touched the ball in an incredibly one-sided first quarter.

Owen Farrell’s boot and a try for Jonathan Joseph briefly had the hosts in front but two more Bernard Foley penalties put the Wallabies 16-13 ahead at the break and probably wondering how they had not already put the game to bed.

England made full use of their escape to take total control as clever tries for Marland Yarde and Ben Youngs moved them 30-16 ahead after an hour.

Prop Sekope Kepu burst through for a try in a rare Australian attack but their hopes of an unlikely comeback disappeared with a harsh yellow card for winger Dane Haylett-Petty for a late tackle.

Joseph capped England’s win off with his second try after intercepting a David Pocock pass.

Joseph told Sky Sports 2: “It feels unbelievable. It’s been a tough year but the boys have worked massively hard.

“Well deserved, I think we’ve worked really hard. The boys are ready for a rest now.”

On England’s slow start, Joseph said the players showed great mental strength to recover and get in their stride.

“I think we were disappointed with how we started but the resilience we showed to bounce back... twenty minutes in, we bounced back in the set piece in the first half, and we played flat, on the line.”

Joseph’s first try on 30 minutes, chasing Owen Farrell’s kick through to score, began the recovery.

“Faz did a great option in getting off the line and kicking the ball forward. Luckily that’s my job, I have to be up with him,” Joseph added.

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