Today saw England take on Australia at the London Stadium in the sixth match of the four nations. A win or draw would see England through to the final at Anfield next Sunday
Both teams started well with both teams attacking each others line however England drew first blood thanks to Gareth Widdop who converted a penalty to give them a 2-0 lead after 11 minutes.
England continued to put pressure on the Australian defence however they gave away a penalty just ten minutes from their line which Johnathan Thurston decided to kick which brought the scores level to 2-2.
The first half continued to be a back and forth affair with both teams defending against possible try scoring opportunities. It was to be England who scored the first try of the game thanks to Huddersfield winger Jermaine McGillvary which gave England a 6-2 lead with Widdop failing to convert the goal.
However Australia managed to hit back with a try of their own in the 35th minute when Blake Ferguson touched down on the right hand corner to take the score to 6-6. Thurston then showed off his kicking ability by slotting home the conversion from the sideline. Australia then grabbed another two points thanks to a penalty goal on the stroke of half time to take a 10-6 lead.
The home side started the second half the better side however they almost suffered a crucial loss when Josh Hodgson had his leg stood on and was it was looking like he would be replaced by George Williams but it was not to be and Hodgson continued.
The next few minutes saw England trying to hold on as the Australians attack started to punish the English defence , this lead to a try by Greg Inglis in the 48th minute to make the score 14-6 and Thurston converted to make it 16-6. This meant that England would have to score twice to take the lead.
The next ten minutes saw England take charge of the game with them coming within 5 metres of the line. However the match took a turn when Matthew Smith touched down to make the score 22-6. It was then Josh Dugan who scored another try just a minute later to increase Australia’s lead to 28-6.
England then managed to get another try thanks to Widdop who managed to push past the Australian defence and make the score 28-12 and give England a small chance of getting back into this game.
Matt Gillet then scored a try to secure the win for Australia and to take the score to 32-12 with Thurston missing his first conversion of the match kicking the goal wide.
England then got another try thanks to Ryan Hall to take his England tallky to 31 tries in 31 games for his country and the score to 32-16 with Widdop converting to make the score 32-18.
Valentine Holmes then dived over for the Kangaroos to increase their lead to 36-18
Venue: London Stadium
Final Score : Australia 36 – England 18
Man Of The Match: Cooper Cronk