- England – Tries: May, Daly, Cokanasiga, Farrell Cons: Farrell 3 Pens: Farrell 3
- Australia – Tries: Folau 2 Cons: To’omua Pens: To’omua 2
England ended 2018 with a victory, defeating Australia 37-18 at Twickenham Stadium in the final Quilter International.
The scores were level at the break, Jonny May crossing for England with eight points from Owen Farrell, while Israel Folau responded for Australia and Matt To’omua kicked two penalties as well as a conversion.
Second-half tries from Elliot Daly, Joe Cokanasiga and Farrell sealed victory with England's fly half adding 10 points from the boot, while Folau crossed for a second Australia try.
Jonny May ended 2018 with an 18th international score, moving joint 10th in England’s all-time leading try scorers as he added to his growing reputation as one of the most lethal finishers in world rugby.
May was over as early as the fourth minute, flying over in the corner after England forced a 5m scrum and their forwards showed early dominance up front before releasing the wing to dive over on right wing.
To’omua and Farrell traded penalties, both would add one more before the first period was up, but after a slow start to the game Australia ended the half in the ascendancy.
TRY TIME @elliotdaly with a brilliant try to make it 20-13 to the hosts at Twickenham— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) November 24, 2018
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Dane Haylett-Petty thought he had their first try of the game, but it was ruled out for a forward pass by the television match official but Australia soon crossed though as Folau jinked his way through England’s midfield and wrong-footed Daly to dot down under the posts which To’omua converted, also levelling the score on the stroke of half-time with a penalty.
Pace and power
England's second-half display was a 40 minutes in which they fully displayed their pace, power and craft across the backline with Farrell, Daly and Cokanasig at the heart of it.
Daly went over in similar to fashion to Folau's first half score, Farrell released the full back in midfield and England’s full back seared his way through for second try.
TRY! England score again with a fantastic finish from @JoeCokanasiga— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) November 24, 2018
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Cokanasiga then showed off his armoury of talents, bouncing off the tackle of Haylett-Petty before powering over Australia’s try line from 22m for a second try in as many games.
Moments later the giant wing came within inches of scoring one of the great Twickenham tries, collecting a high ball on halfway, bouncing off several tackles and powering through a final one but he was just shy of the line.
Manu Tuilagi made his long-awaited comeback to international rugby with 12 minutes remaining as England finished strongly.
Farrell was through for a deserved third try which added gloss to a comfortable victory with Folau scoring a late consolation for Australia.
The victory sees England end 2018 with a record of six wins and six defeats from their 12 games this year, including four wins in their last five, as they head into World Cup year with huge momentum.
England starting XV: 15. Elliot Daly, 14. Joe Cokanasiga, 13. Henry Slade, 12. Ben Te’o, 11. Jonny May, 10. Owen Farrell co-captain, 9. Ben Youngs, 1. Ben Moon, 2. Jamie George (Saracens, 31 caps), 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Maro Itoje, 5. Courtney Lawes, 6. Brad Shields, 7. Sam Underhill, 8. Mark Wilson.
Finishers: 16. Dylan Hartley co-captain, 17. Alec Hepburn, 18. Harry Williams, 19. Charlie Ewels, 20. Nathan Hughes, 21. Richard Wigglesworth, 22. George Ford, 23. Manu Tuilagi.
Australia: 15. Israel Folau, 14. Dane Haylett-Petty, 13. Samu Kerevi, 12. Bernard Foley, 11. Jack Maddocks, 10. Matt To’omua, 9. Will Genia, 8. Pete Samu, 7. Michael Hooper (captain), 6. Jack Dempsey, 5. Adam Coleman, 4. Izack Rodda, 3. Sekope Kepu, 2. Tolu Latu, 1. Scott Sio
Replacements: 16. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17. Jermaine Ainsley, 18. Allan Alaalatoa, 19. Rob Simmons, 20. Ned Hanigan, 21. Nick Phipps, 22. . Sefa Naivalu, 23. Marika Koroibete.