|England (16) 32|
|Attempts: Butler, Blamire Swindle: Farrell, Smith Pencil: Farrell 5, Smith|
|Australia (12) 15|
|Pens: O’Connor 5|
England passed their first serious test of the fall when an incisive performance in attack in the first half paved the way for an eighth straight win over Australia.
Winger Freddie Steward made his way for England’s first attempt after just six minutes.
James O’Connor’s boot kept Australia stubborn in the fight, cutting the hosts’ lead to 16-15 after the break.
But as the game got tough, England escaped via a series of penalties before substitute hooker Jamie Blamire took advantage of a tired and stretched defense for his sixth attempt in just four test appearances on the last pass. of the game.
Head coach Eddie Jones has called for a milestone this fall. An influx of new names is bound to remove complacency and propel the team towards the Rugby World Cup in France within two years.
The next generation has come up with a new philosophy and their license to play more freely was obvious from the start.
Forwards combined well, unloading to turn half breaks into big wins, while the baseline, led by Marcus Smith, found gaps frequently.
Busy Jamie George, who was left out of the starting squad for the fall, came closer to scoring the second try that his first-half invention deserved.
The hooker steamed through a hole from Courtney Lawes quick hands only to be stopped short and then had the ball dislodged by a superb tackle from Nic White as he dived over the line.
Jonny Hill was held over the line at the bottom of a diving maul after the break, but it was a rare threatening moment for England.
The hosts’ ambition on all courts gave way to pragmatism in the fourth quarter as they drew on their family strengths and some of the initial enthusiasm faded in the Twickenham crowd.
Smith survives to thrive in the trial encounter
For Smith, this was the test so far that most tested his potential to lead England into a new era.
The 22-year-old was thrilled on his way to the Premiership title with Harlequins and his first steps in test rugby, in comfortable victories over the United States, Canada and Tonga, are assured.
However, Australia asks more probing questions. Wallaby’s forwards squeezed their space in the opening minutes and an uncertain and aimless bomb shortly after suggested that Smith was still getting his bearings.
Jones’ decision to keep Owen Farrell’s steady hand on the team soon eased those nerves.
Farrell, a veteran of 93 England Trials prior to Smith’s three, entered the first receiver, allowing Smith the breadth and depth to create Steward’s starting score.
Taking Farrell’s pass, Smith hit a perfectly weighted pass into a hole for the winger, whose thin line and deflection carried him under the posts.
Smith and Farrell wove a similar pattern soon after, with Henry Slade and Jonny May unable to make the opening count.
As the game lost its momentum and broken field opportunities dried up, he was unable to add anything to that featured reel as a couple of grubbers failed to find their man.
But Smith led England home in a cautious final 20 minutes and shrugged off a couple of big hits, mostly from Hunter Paisami. That look can impress Jones as much as anyone.
More to follow.