Saturday 17 March 2018 / 05:08 PM

ENG consign Wallabies to third straight loss

The Wallabies sunk to three consecutive losses in the northern hemisphere for the first time since 1981-82, overpowered 26-17 by England in a rugged Test at Twickenham.

England’s forward pack set up the victory, with deficiencies in Australia’s rebuilding engine-room ruthlessly exposed.

No.8 Ben Morgan scored the only try of the first half – a rare pushover effort from a scrum – as the hosts built a 13-3 lead by the break, and crossed for another almost identical try to negate Bernard Foley’s 45th-minute touchdown.

Giant Wallabies lock Will Skelton, after joining the fray from the bench barely a minute earlier, powered over to cut the deficit to three points with 20 minutes remaining, but flyhalf George Ford slotted two subsequent penalties to edge England out of reach.

It capped a disappointing tour overall for the Wallabies, who also went down to France and Ireland after a narrow first-up defeat of Wales.

Plenty of work needs to be done before Australia can be regarded anywhere near the top tier of 2015 World Cup contenders, while only a handful of players could consider their Test spots safe.

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