Friday 15 December 2017 / 03:29 PM

ENGLAND CARVE OUT CONTROVERSIAL WIN OVER WALLABIES

England powered to their fifth consecutive win over Australia via a 30-6 result at Twickenham, but the Test was soaked in controversy that left the Wallabies camp seething.

Michael Hooper and Kurtley Beale were handed yellow cards late in first half as England edged to 6-0 lead at the break, before Elliot Daly scored the opening try for the hosts in the 55th minute.

The Wallabies clawed back via Bernard Foley’s second penalty goal with 15 minutes left to trail by seven, but the flashpoint moment came in the 70th minute when Marika Koroibete had a try contentiously disallowed, the TMO ruling Stephen Moore offside in the lead-up.

The tourists’ resolve broken, England piled on three late tries – all from kicks – to compound Australia’s frustration and run out convincing winners.

Elsewhere on the international scene, Scotland came within an ace of a historic upset of the All Blacks, going down 22-17 in a thriller, while Ireland eclipsed Fiji 23-20 and South Africa pipped France 18-17.

[YouTube – Rugby.com.au]

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