England v Australia: Autumn internationals

Live text and audio commentary as England beat Australia 20-13 in their first autumn Test at Twickenham.

2 November 2013 Last updated at 17:21

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  1. 1700: 

    That's all from me but if you want to enjoy the moment one more time then our man at the scene, Tom Fordyce, has prepared a match report for your perusal.

    There will also be a feature from Tom later on analysing proceedings, and you can catch an hour of highlights on BBC Three at 20:00 GMT, and again on BBC Two at 13:20 on Sunday.

    Right, that's your lot, I'm off to watch Strictly. It's what Saturday nights were made for.

  2. 1656: 

    Want a bit more meaty Test rugby to chew on? Then it's just as well that we have another FOUR weekends to look forward to.

    The rest of the home nations kick off next weekend - Wales v South Africa looks the pick of the matches - and they keep on coming, with world champions New Zealand set to play both England and Ireland.

    The BBC's coverage will be as all-encompassing as a Billy Vunipola tackle, and you can follow all the action here on the BBC Sport website.


    Mark Leonard: Australia unlucky... how did the touch judge miss Mike Brown with his foot in touch !

    Ross McDonald: England flattered by important interventions by the officials. No hiding from an average display #bbcrugby

    Andrew Priestley: The dodgy refereeing aside, that is a tremendous win for England and a truly fantastic 2nd half performance. Roll on next weekend.


    England head coach Stuart Lancaster: "I'm pleased to get the win. We didn't have it all our own way in the first half, we conceded a couple of penalties and a soft try, but I was pleased with the composure we showed in the second half - that was about keeping patient and not chasing the scoreboard.

    "We had a lot of young lads making their first starts at Twickenham. The replacements made a difference and I think we deserved it in the end. We didn't get everything right in the last 20 minutes be we did enough."

  5. 1638: 

    And not so good for the hosts? Billy Twelvetrees did his chances of claiming the 12 shirt on a full-time basis little good with an iffy performance. There was little sign of the booming kicking game and superb distribution that we know he possesses, he was smashed in the tackle to give Australia their try and his poor quick throw led to what could have been an expensive penalty. Luther Burrell's knocking on the door - will he get a chance this autumn?

    Northampton team-mate Lee Dickson will also have a nervous wait to see if he retains the nine shirt ahead of Ben Youngs. Brought in to help England up the tempo, he struggled to impose himself, his passing was laboured on occasion and he posed little running threat.

  6. 1633: 

    Best for England? Full-back Mike Brown was awarded man of the match and he had a fine game. His elusive running from the back gives England momentum going forwards and he was fearless under the high ball.

    Billy Vunipola made a real impression with ball in hand and brother Mako had his moments, while Courtney Lawes, once he had got over his early line-out calling jitters, had an impressive return to the international scene.

    And then there was the front row. Both the starting trio and replacements were well on top in the scrum, and they laid the foundations for victory. When it comes to England v Australia, it was ever thus.


    England fly-half Owen Farrell: "In the first half it was too stop-start but we thought if we could attack them when they weren't expecting it and get some good front-foot ball we could hurt them."


    Pete the driver: "Not the imperious display I hoped for, but in its doggedness England's performance was probably just as impressive."

    Andrew Priestley: "Ben Youngs changed the game after coming on to replace Lee Dickson. He has a great rugby brain. Hands down England's best No 9."

    Paul Wright: "Great double for England's rugby teams."


    James Humberstone: "A very sweet victory but the terrible line out performance can't be ignored."

    sam stevens: "Great win by England."

    Arabella Steggles: "Dodgy first half. Banging second half."

    Matt Dawson, Former England scrum-half and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "To overturn a 13-6 half-time deficit and score 14 unanswered points is a tremendous achievement. It was a classic first game of an autumn series but on this occasion England came up with a win."

    FULL-TIME- England 20-13 Australia

    Was it perfect? No. But England showed real strength of character to fight back from a seven-point half-time deficit, with the power of the pack guiding them to victory over a Wallaby side who are much improved from the summer.

    The win means England remain third in the rankings and have now won five in a row at Twickenham for the first time in over a decade.

  12. 79 mins: 
    England 20-13 Australia

    Australia centre Tevita Kuridrani hammers into midfield but England wrap him up and win the put-in at a scrum.

    The new front row is equally dominant, they win another penalty and Owen Farrell drills the kick into the stands.

  13. 78 mins: 
    England 20-13 Australia

    David Wilson immediately drops a simple pass. Er, not my fault, honest.

  14. 77 mins: 
    England 20-13 Australia

    England fans can breathe easier as Owen Farrell kicks the penalty to touch to release the pressure. Courtney Lawes wins the throw and the hosts drive 20m, this game is surely over.

  15. 76 mins: 
    England 20-13 Australia

    Still Australia hammer away. Then Quade Cooper fizzes it wide to Israel Folau, a searing step leaves Marland Yarde on his backside but the England cover floods across and engulfs the Wallaby full-back. Ravenous defence. Australia recycle but knock-on!

    England put-in at the scrum... and they win a penalty!

  16. 74 mins: 
    England 20-13 Australia

    England infringe, Australia go to the corner and win the line-out. Tense. Wallabies drive, England defiant.

  17. 73 mins: 
    England 20-13 Australia

    But this is not over. Marland Yarde is stripped in midfield and the Wallabies look to bounce back. Swift passing gives Nick Cummins a chance and the Honey Badger rampages 50m.

  18. 72 mins: 
    England 20-13 Australia

    England looking to close this out now, helped by Australia's sudden inability to find touch.

    A crisp tackle from Courtney Lawes halts a Wallaby charge in midfield, great to see the big man back in top form. More Wallaby indiscipline sees England kick a penalty to touch deep inside the Australia half.

  19. 69 mins: 
    England 20-13 Australia

    The Aussies are putting themselves about, with Kane Douglas flattening Owen Farrell and then washing his face for him, but the England fly-half gets back up and carries on.

  20. 67 mins: 
    England 20-13 Australia

    Billy Twelvetrees pays the price for an error-strewn performance as Toby Flood comes on in his stead at 12. Ben Morgan and David Wilson also enter the fray.


    Dennis M: "Quade Cooper really is the Australian Michalak."

  22. 65 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY (Cooper)- England 20-13 Australia

    Very poor from Billy Twelvetrees. First his quick throw bounces before Mike Brown, putting the full-back under pressure, and when he tries to redeem himself he goes off his feet at the ruck,

    Quade Cooper lines up the kick but it's flaky Quade now and he pulls it to the left of the posts.

  23. 64 mins: 
    England 20-13 Australia

    And the answer is... Tevita Kuridrani. Mike Brown's effort is superfluous.


    @A_Priestley89: "Very poor decision from referee George Clancy and the Video Referee. There was a clear obstruction that led to Farrell's try. #bbcrugby."

  25. 63 mins: 
    England 20-13 Australia

    Courtney Lawes flattens Quade Cooper but the Wallaby 10 gets his kick away.

    Ben Youngs, Dylan Hartley and Joe Marler all on for England, Kane Douglas joins the fray for Australia.

    Joel Tomkins kicks through for England- who won the race to touch down?

    Matt Dawson, Former England scrum-half and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "England didn't know what to do, Australia didn't know what to do, but Owen Farrell spotted a mismatch. I don't think there was anything in that obstruction, although if you were an Aussie, you'd probably say Dylan Hartley deliberately moved in front of Stephen Moore."

  27. 59 mins: 
    TRY (Farrell, con Farrell)- England 20-13 Australia

    Here come England, the crowd roar their approval.

    Another Billy Vunipola carry gets the hosts on the front and Mike Brown is stopped five metres short. England switch into midfield, Owen Farrell looks up and sees a gap. The Saracens 10 hits the accelerator and scythes between Stephen Moore and Ben Mowen to score by the posts.

    They check to see if Dylan Hartley obstructed Stephen Moore. "Not enough," decides referee Clancy and Farrell converts his own score.

  28. 55 mins: 
    England 13-13 Australia

    England lose another line-out as Tom Youngs's radar goes adrift.

    Tevita Kuridrani gets Australia over the gainline in midfield but two phases later Courtney Lawes effects a turnover and Owen Farrell pins the Wallabies back with a raking kick.

  29. 50 mins: 
    TRY (Robshaw, con Farrell)- England 13-13 Australia

    "But is he a lucky general?" Napoleon used to ask.

    Australia have a line-out near their own line. Courtney Lawes puts James Horwill under all sorts of pressure, and when the Aussies scramble the ball back, Mako Vunipola sticks out a giant hand to charge down Will Genia's kick.

    The ball squirts sideways across the pitch and England captain Chris Robshaw is on hand to pick up and dive over. Owen Farrell drills over the conversion, it's all tied up at Twickenham.

  30. 49 mins: 
    England 6-13 Australia

    Bit of a delay here as Scott Fardy is taken off injured, Ben McCalman comes on at blind-side, while Bernard Foley is a blood replacement for Ashley-Cooper.

    By the way, replays show Mike Brown had his foot in touch before he started that run from deep. Lucky for England.

  31. 47 mins: 
    England 6-13 Australia

    Big let-off for England then with Quade Cooper's miss. Australia kick deep and Mike Brown counters in fine style, beating three men with an elusive run from near his own line.

    When England kick deep Israel Folau is penalised for holding on, England go quickly and Marland Yarde is given the chance to attack down the left.

    He beats two men and gets to within 10m but is tackled into touch by the flying Adam Ashley-Cooper.

    Matt Dawson, Former England scrum-half and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "That break in play got the team focused and you can't help but think Chris Robshaw said something, told them to get the squeeze on at the line-out."

  33. 46 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY (Cooper)- England 6-13 Australia

    Chris Ashton puts Mike Brown under pressure with a pass inside his own 22 and Marland Yarde then puts Ashton under pressure with a poor pass.

    When Australia go wide Tevita Kuridrani dismisses Joel Tomkins with a big hand-off and Yarde compounds the error with a late tackle when Adam Ashley-Cooper kicks ahead.

    Quade Cooper to go for goal... but he drags it wide of the left-hand upright.

  34. 42 mins: 
    England 6-13 Australia

    A total mix-up between Owen Farrell and Joel Tomkins in midfield sees the ball spilled and sums up England's problems to perfection.

  35. 41 mins: 
    England 6-13 Australia

    England dominant up front but struggling to create chances, Australia out-gunned in the scrum but with a far sharper cutting edge out wide.

    Let's face it, I could have written that at any point since 2003. We're under way once more.

  36. 1528: 

    England's 2003-winning World Cup heroes are currently parading around the pitch to the acclaim of the crowd.

    Martin Johnson, Jason Leonard, Stuart Abbott... some of the greats of the English game right there.

    Dan Luger's also soaking up the applause, Of course, it was the winger's injury-time try that sealed the win when England fought back from a 31-19 deficit to beat Australia in 2002 - a win that gave England the belief they could beat the best. You can see where I'm going with this...

    Tom Fordyce, BBC Sport chief sports writer at Twickenham

    "Three missed pens from Farrell, scoreline reflecting cutting edge rather than possession. Cooper with hands of a conjuror."

    HALF-TIME- England 6-13 Australia

    England dominant at the scrum but other than that, not great from the hosts. Billy Vunipola's had some big moments, in attack and defence, but it's the visitors who look more threatening with ball in hand.

    Israel Folau is on a different plane to the rest of the backs and Quade Cooper is running the show superbly. If Australia win this they go back above England to third in the world rankings. Big second half coming up here.

  39. 40 mins: 
    England 6-13 Australia

    Will Genia kicks out on the full, one final chance for England. They rumble forwards from the line-out, making 15m, before they lose control and the whistle goes.


    Small Man Peaky: "Poor by England so far. Not much going well for them except Billy Vunipola's runs. All the issues we thought had been sorted...."

  41. 39 mins: 
    England 6-13 Australia

    The game explodes into life. Australia batter away inside the home 22 but Will Genia's kick is pouched by Lee Dickson and he drills it deep.

    Israel Folau clears but Marland Yarde takes a quick throw-in and Mike Brown shows off his fine footwork with a weaving run to get England on the front foot, but the move eventually breaks down and it's a Wallaby scrum.

  42. 33 mins: 
    PENALTY (Cooper)- England 6-13 Australia

    Billy Twelvetrees, desperate to redeem himself for the missed tackle, goes off his feet to concede a penalty.

    Quade Cooper's in the zone and the Wallabies are a converted try ahead.


    BBC Radio 5 live's Christopher Jones: "As always the range and speed of Cooper's passing is a joy to behold."

    Matt Dawson, Former England scrum-half and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "Andy Farrell is going to be livid - Chris Ashton's missed tackle on Israel Folau put his team-mates in all sorts of trouble and Matt Toomua didn't even have to put a step on, he just ran straight over Billy Twelvetrees."

  45. 31 mins: 
    TRY (Toomua, con Cooper)- England 6-10 Australia

    Cracking score, started by Quade Cooper's superb wide pass to release Israel Folau down the left outside the despairing Chris Ashton.

    The Wallaby full-back is brought to ground by two men deep inside the England 22 but the visitors keep recycling and hammering away before they feed Matt Toomua in midfield and he blasts through Billy Twelvetrees to score.


    Adam Beech: "Losing lineouts and missing his strikes. Tom Youngs is good around the park but still can't do the basics right!"

  47. 28 mins: 
    PENALTY (Farrell)- England 6-3 Australia

    That's more like it from Owen Farrell. Australia have now conceded seven penalties - time for referee George Clancy to have a chat with Australia captain Ben Mowen.

  48. 27 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY (Farrell)- England 3-3 Australia

    Owen Farrell hits the post - he's pulling everything at the moment. Marland Yarde runs it back and a big Billy Vunipola carry leaves the Wallaby defence in splinters.

    Ben Alexander infringes...

    Matt Dawson, Former England scrum-half and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "It's international rugby, so it takes time to break a side down. But come 60, 70 minutes, that's when the gaps start to appear and forward advantage tells."

  50. 26 mins: 
    England 3-3 Australia

    England again win a penalty at the scrum, Tom Wood wins the resulting line-out, Australia infringe. Owen Farrell to go for goal.

  51. 23 mins: 
    England 3-3 Australia

    England keep Will Genia off the floor in a maul, put-in to the hosts at the scrum.

    Billy Vunipola got Genia in a bear hug, you've got to be a strong man to escape from that grip. He's only 20, but he's very strong, a triple espresso of a man. I imagine, I don't drink coffee.

  52. 20 mins: 
    England 3-3 Australia

    Big scrum from England wins a penalty but they lose the resulting line-out throw - that's two in a row. Courtney Lawes calling them by the way, both were to the back. Maybe time to be more conservative?

  53. 19 mins: 
    England 3-3 Australia

    Quade Cooper passes a ball like Jimi Hendrix played guitar. And no, that's not hyperbole. OK, maybe a smidgeon.

  54. 17 mins: 
    England 3-3 Australia

    Israel Folau takes a majestic soaring catch, Quade Cooper produces a sublime 15-yard spin pass behind his back to free Nick Cummins and the winger kicks ahead threateningly.

    England look under pressure but Chris Ashton chases back and gratefully falls on the ball the instant it crosses the home line.

  55. 14 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY (Farrell)- England 3-3 Australia

    Here we go. England win their first penalty at the scrum...

    And Farrell misses again, once more dragged to the right.

  56. 12 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY (Farrell)- England 3-3 Australia

    As Matt Dawson says, good stuff there from England. Mike Brown bangs the ball high and reclaims in spectacular fashion, the Vunipolas add their weight and Australia infringe again.

    Owen Farrell takes aim and... drags it right.

    Matt Dawson, Former England scrum-half and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "What a passage of play that was for England. They had structure, direction, crash balls through midfield, with the Vunipola brothers integral. England look well-drilled."

  58. 9 mins: 
    PENALTY (Cooper)- England 3-3 Australia

    England overthrow the line-out, Australia go wide and Adam Ashley-Cooper cuts back infield. England fall offside and up steps Quade Cooper with his Superman kicking style.

    Good connection from the fly-half, we're level.

  59. 7 mins: 
    England 3-0 Australia

    Poor Owen Farrell grubber and Israel Folau counters. He beats one but not the second and third tackler as they combine to bring him down.

    The 6ft 5in full-back is some sight in full flight.

  60. 5 mins: 
    England 3-0 Australia

    First scrum! Exciting. Free-kick England, they go on the attack, with Chris Ashton getting his first run.

  61. 3 mins: 
    PENALTY (Farrell)- England 3-0 Australia

    Wallabies try to go wide, Tevita Kuridrani cuts back into midfield but gets swamped on the 10m line, penalty England.

    It's 40m out but right in front and Owen Farrell does not miss those.

  62. 1 min: 
    England 0-0 Australia

    Australia pin England back with a perceptive kick but Joe Launchbury takes a secure line-out catch and Lee Dickson clears.

  63. 1 min: 
    England 0-0 Australia

    Matt Toomua gets us under way, the ball bounces off an Aussie's back and the tourists have the ball.

  64. 1429: 

    The biggest question for me today - can that England midfield fire? Manu Tuilagi is a big loss at 13, but Billy Twelvetrees is a much more rounded player than defensive lynchpin Brad Barritt at 12. Does he have that big match temperament and can he impose himself on the game?

    The anthems have been sung, here we go.

    Tom Fordyce, BBC Sport chief sports writer

    "Grey overhead at Twickenham, spitting with rain, some gusts. Mood contrastingly spicy. Predictions? I say Eng by 4. Terms & conditions apply."

  66. 1428: 

    And then there's Quade Cooper, the maverick genius at fly-half.

    Out of favour under Robbie Deans, the Reds 10 is not just back in the team but Ewen Mckenzie has made him vice captain.


  67. 1426: 

    Digby Ioane and Kurtley Beale are both injured but have both had off the field issues this year, while the gifted James O'Connor - still only 23 despite having been on the Test scene for the past five years - has lost his Australia contract after one indiscretion too many.

    He's just signed for London Irish, but I think the Madejski will make a poor substitute for Twickenham.

  68. 1423: 

    It's been a, shall we say difficult, year for Australia. Three wins in the whole of 2013 - two against Argentina and one against the Lions - is a poor return for the two-time world champions.

    They sacked coach Robbie Deans after the loss to the Lions, with former Queensland Reds bods Ewen McKenzie taking the reins, and then there's the wayward players.

  69. 1420: 

    England hand Joel Tomkins his debut. The Saracens centre is the brother of England rugby league superstar Sam, who is in action in the Rugby League World Cup against Ireland today.

    And if it's news about the latter you're looking for, having stumbled into the XV-man live text by mistake, then click here to be taken to your preferred choice of code.

    *looks about*

    Have they gone? Nice people, but you can never fully trust someone who doesn't see the beauty of a proper scrum. Like Australians. Yeah, I went there.

  70. 1415: 

    England: Brown; Ashton, Tomkins, Twelvetrees, Yarde; Farrell, Dickson; M Vunipola, T Youngs, Cole, Launchbury, Lawes, Wood, Robshaw, B Vunipola.

    Replacements: Hartley, Marler, Wilson, Attwood, Morgan, B Youngs, Flood, Foden.

    Australia: Folau; Ashley-Cooper, Kuridrani, Toomua, Cummins; Cooper, Genia; Slipper, Moore, Alexander, Timani, Horwill, Fardy, Hooper, Mowen.

    Replacements: Faingaa, Robinson, Kepu, Douglas, McCalman, White, Lealiifano, Foley.

    Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)


    BBC Radio 5 live's Alastair Eykyn: "Sorry to see rain sweeping into Twickenham with 20mins to go to kick off... Belting contest in the offing nevertheless."

  72. 1413: 

    Partly as result of that, and partly you suspect as a consequence of injury, Stuart Lancaster has picked the likes of the Vunipola brothers and Courtney Lawes in his pack.

    Number eight Billy Vunipola will make his first England start, brother Mako fills Alex Corbisiero's shoes at loose-head and Lawes replaces the concussed Geoff Parling in the second row.

    Lawes has been in destructive form in the Premiership this season - cross him at your peril.

  73. 1409: 

    England go into the game on the back of a 2-0 win by their second string team in Argentina during the summer, and with seven wins in their past eight Tests.

    Looks good doesn't it? Except by far the most important of those results was the 30-3 humbling by Wales in the Six Nations decider.

    That loss showed all too clearly England's limitations at the top level, most notably a lack of power...

  74. 1401: 

    Winning today will take more than just getting the upper hand in the scrums, important though that may be.

    The breakdown is always crucial - can England live with Michael Hooper, just the latest in a list world class Wallaby open-sides that stretches back through David Pocock to George Smith?

    Then there's the midfield battle, the kicking game, the rejigged line-out in Geoff Parling's absence...

    Need to make sense of it? Then let former England and Lions star Jeremy Guscott guide you through the ins and outs.

  75. 1357: 

    But look a little closer at the 23-man squad and a surprisingly large English presence is discernable.

    In addition to the two starters, five men came off the bench on that tumultuous night at the former Olympic Stadium, including an entire second-choice front row.

    England have long enjoyed scrum dominance over the wobbly Wallabies, and with the new scrum directives in place this season rewarding better technical scrummaging, can they seize control in this area?

  76. 1354: 

    The Lions' win over Australia this summer was unmistakably Welsh in tone. The booming power of a male voice choir, the elemental ruggedness of Snowdonia - both were reflected in the crushing performance in the third Test in Sydney.

    Ten Welshman were in the starting line-up that day, and as luck would have it the only two Englishman in the XV have both been ruled out of today's match by injury.

    Alex Corbisiero has a knee problem, while Geoff Parling has concussion - a topic that is making news at the moment.

  77. 1352: 

    A lot's changed in 10 years, not least the England team's fall from grace and slow climb back to being contenders, or at least contenders to be contenders.

    A decade ago the likes of Facebook and Twitter didn't even exist, now they're as part of our lives as rush hour traffic and persistent drizzle.

    Speaking of which, time for you lot to get involved. Either tweet us using #bbcrugby or text us on 81111. Will England win? Are Australia as bad as their recent record suggests? Is Lee Dickson the right man at scrum-half for the hosts? The floor is yours.

  78. 1346: 

    Ten years ago England beat Australia to win the World Cup in Sydney. And in two years' time the world of union will gather in England for the 2015 edition.

    Today Twickenham is hosting the 10th anniversary gathering for those who were part of that winning team. Hard to believe it was a decade ago.

  79. 1342: 

    They're deep into extra-time, ZigZag is the call. They've worked on this move for years, no need to chat about it, everyone knows what to do.

    Moody takes the throw at the back of the line-out, quick ball and it's into midfield. Then comes Dawson's dart and Australia scramble desperately back.

    Jonny's in the pocket, a quick rumble from Jonno and then it's back to the fly-half. Years of practice for this very moment, the weight of a nation on your shoulders.

    The right foot swings... and the ball soars between the posts. England are world champions.

  80. 1337: 
    England arrive at Twickenham

    England arrive at Twickenham having won their past four matches at home - their best run at HQ since the 22 consecutive wins from October 1999 and September 2003.

    After that came the World Cup down under, and we all remember what happened there.

  81. 1330: 

    It's time to put away childish things, Test rugby us with us once again...

    The last time we saw the Wallabies they were being ripped to shreds by the Lions. Now it's England's turn to renew acquaintances with Australia, and there's plenty of history there.

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