England v Australia LIVE rugby: result and reaction from the first test in Perth today

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England went down 30-28 to Australia on Saturday in a first roller coaster match of the three-game series in Perth.

The Wallabies’ victory means an eight-game loss to their old rivals, despite losing Darcy Swain to a red card before half-time.

Winger Jordan Petaia, hooker Folau Fainga’a and casual forward Pete Samu scored last-quarter tries as Australia recorded their first win over England since beating co-hosts from the 2015 World Cup.

Samu’s effort gave Australia a 30-14 lead, but England debutants Henry Arundell and Jack van Poortvliet scored in the final minutes to make the score more respectable.

The series continues over the next two weeks with testing at Brisbane’s Lang Park and the Sydney Cricket Ground. Follow all reactions via our live blog:


South Africa vs Wales

It’s taken a long time, but South Africa is playing in front of a sold-out home crowd for the first time since they were crowned world champions 32 months ago.

The coronavirus pandemic meant that last year’s Test series against the British and Irish Lions took place behind closed doors, and demand for Saturday’s clash saw the remaining tickets secured more than 96 hours before kick-off.

The Springboks’ overall record in Pretoria is better than at Ellis Park, Johannesburg, where they won the 1995 World Cup under Francois Pienaar, underscoring Wales’ acute difficulty.

Ben BurrowsJuly 2, 2022 2:55 PM


South Africa vs Wales

Three matches against the Springboks in South Africa, two of which at height, are causing a fierce investigation for Wales.

They suffered a grueling Six Nations home defeat to Italy 22-21 last time and have never toppled South Africa on home soil, losing all 10 previous encounters.

Three of those defeats were in Pretoria – with the standings 37-21, 53-18 and 96-13 – underscoring just how big their task lies ahead.

Although it has been eight years, Wales can take heart from a one point loss to the Springboks in Nelspruit on their last visit, with six surviving from that encounter in Pivac’s matchday 23, but South Africa are clear favourites.

Ben BurrowsJuly 2, 2022 2:46 PM


South Africa vs Wales

After two exciting games this morning, here is the top three league rugby union in the southern hemisphere, as Wales face the toughest task of Wayne Pivac’s coach reign with the first of a three-test series against world champions South Africa.

Pivac’s team will play in Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town, starting on Saturday at Loftus Versfeld, where they will be greeted by a crowd of 50,000.

We’ll have it all here for you.

Ben BurrowsJuly 2, 2022 2:45 PM


England defeated by 14-man Australia in first test

England slumped to a fourth straight defeat when their magic touch to Australia finally failed them in a 30-28 series opener loss at Optus Stadium.

The Wallabies had sent Darcy Swain off the back row for a 34th-minute headbutt, but Eddie Jones’ tourists were still unable to take a ninth straight win in the game.

It is the second game in a row that they have been unable to finish off the 14-man opposition after being routed by the Barbarians at Twickenham during their most recent appearance.

Harry Latham-CoyleJuly 2, 2022 13:44


Eddie Jones is last in front of the Sky Sports microphone

“We had enough moments in the game to win. At 14-9 with 20 minutes to go we should have put the game away, but we didn’t. Now we have to win the series 2-1 and make sure that let’s not fool them next time.

“In some ways a red card can work against you. The referee then starts to referee it differently and we probably didn’t adapt well enough today.

“The message at halftime was to put more pressure on them and we did that in sprints, but a few times we were on their line and didn’t finish. We need to improve our ability to finish offensively. Defensively, we could have chased them a little more.

†[Henry Arundell] become a good player. If he can continue to learn and work hard, he will become a special talent for us. There are some positives from a loss that we are very disappointed about.”

Harry Latham-CoyleJuly 2, 2022 13:41


Dave Rennie by his side’s win

“I am really proud. We lost Quade before the game, we lost Allan and Banksy before half time and then the red card. We lost clashes on both sides of the ball, so I really love the character and the decision-making in the second half.

“I thought our leaders did a fantastic job solving problems on the run. We know that England has a lot more to offer, so we’ll be ready for that next week. We gave away too many penalties, so there’s plenty to stand out.” to clear up for us.”

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Harry Latham-CoyleJuly 2, 2022 13:36


A big win for Australia

Australia probably needed a win like that. There were times in that first half when it seemed like a day when anything could go wrong, Quade Cooper injured before kick-off, two more starters also having to leave early, and then Darcy sent Swain off. But it speaks volumes about the character Dave Rennie instilled in the side they managed to stay in, and then decisively win the match. Their big players rose – Michael Hooper, Nic White, Samu Kerevi – and Noah Lolesio grew more and more in the game after his late call to start. The way they attacked an English side on the ropes to extend their advantage also showed a relentless advantage – and that Pete Samu’s score was needed in the end.

Harry Latham-CoyleJuly 2, 2022 13:33


Henry Arundell impresses

This was pretty good on Henry Arundell’s debut.

Harry Latham-CoyleJuly 2, 2022 1:24 PM


F/T: Australia 30-28 England

It’s another tough day for England. Eddie Jones’ team continues to struggle to put teams away, even if they are dominant for good periods. There was enough to like about the way their porters attacked and so often won the win line, but there was little real incision that followed and took advantage of the opportunities that should have come.

Those two late scores for Henry Arundell and Jack van Poortvliet paper over quite significant cracks. Their attack still looks very disjointed and they lacked control and direction in the second half.

Harry Latham-CoyleJuly 2, 2022 13:22


And some thoughts from Michael Hooper

“With all the things that have happened, you can’t plan that. I’m proud of our coaching staff for coming up with a plan and our guys for partially executing it tonight.

“We will break down the game, what worked, what didn’t, how we can turn that around in seven days. We know there will be another beast and we expect to improve as well.”

Harry Latham-CoyleJuly 2, 2022 13:17

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