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New Zealand  2-2  Fij

Ton  24-22  Lebanon  FT

Sunday 13th November 2016
KO: 14:00 - Round: 3

18-36 FT

( 6-10 HT )

Attendance: 35,569

Official: R Hicks

Venue: The Olympic Stadium, London

  • England

  • Tries
    Jermaine McGillvary, Gareth Widdop, Ryan Hall,

  • Goals
    Gareth Widdop 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Australia

  • Tries
    Blake Ferguson, Greg Inglis, Matthew Scott, Josh Dugan, Matt Gillett, Valentine Holmes,

  • Goals
    Johnathan Thurston 6,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary


England suffer Four Nations elimination after defeat to Australia

England wilted under the pressure to gift New Zealand a place in the final of the Ladbrokes Four Nations Series.

A crushing 36-18 defeat to world champions Australia at the London Stadium meant elimination for Wayne Bennett\'s men and gives the Kiwis the chance to defend their title against the Kangaroos at Anfield next Sunday.

Scotland had levered the door open for England with their stunning 18-18 draw with New Zealand on Friday but Bennett\'s team were not up to the task against a clinical Australian side that, in truth, never really got out of third gear in front of a disappointing crowd of 35,569.

A fifth win out of five was especially sweet for Australia coach Mal Meninga, coming at the expense of his one-time mentor, of whom questions are sure to be raised following England\'s failure to reach the final, 12 months on from gaining a Test series triumph over world number one nation New Zealand.

The appointment of the veteran Bennett, widely recognised as the best coach in Australian rugby league history, was meant to turn England into world-beaters but they have arguably gone backwards under him.

England were typically strong up front but lacked creativity despite fielding a third different half-back pairing in as many games and a failure to carry some of the basic functions cost them dear.

Scrum-half Gareth Widdop and hooker Josh Hodgson both committed the ultimate sin of failing to find touch from what ought to have been pressure-relieving penalties at crucial times in the first half when England were at least competitive.

Widdop and Johnathan Thurston traded early penalties in a cautious opening but England demonstrated their confidence to run a penalty from in front of the posts on 25 minutes and it paid off when winger Jermaine McGillvary gratefully accepted a long pass from full-back Jonny Lomax, who was their best player, to cross for the game\'s first try.

The 6-2 lead was deserved but there were too many weak links in the England team and the unfortunate Mark Percival compounded an early fumble in a notable attacking position with a couple of handling errors deep inside his own line which put his side under pressure.

That told on 36 minutes when Australia full-back Darius Boyd cleverly patted the ball on for right winger Blake Ferguson to go over for his fourth try in five appearances.

Thurston converted from the touchline and added a 40-metre penalty in first-half stoppage time to increase the Kangaroos\' lead to 10-6.

England might have been in front early in the second half when Hodgson produced a half-break to give Sam Burgess a clear sight of the tryline but the skipper could not hold onto the ball and it proved to be their last chance for glory.

Three minutes later another fumble 10 metres out gave Australia a 10-metre scrum and centre Greg Inglis all too easily powered his way over from it.

Thurston maintained his unerring accuracy to make it 16-6 and that was the signal for Bennett to introduce George Williams from the bench in a bid to pep up England\'s attack but it did nothing to patch up their defensive weaknesses.

Kangaroos prop Matt Scott took the entire England front row over the line with him to score his side\'s fourth try and man of the match Cooper Cronk eluded the attempted tackle of Percival to get centre Josh Dugan over.

With the contest over as a competition, the game opened up in the final quarter.

Williams showed some nice touches to engineer tries for Widdop and winger Ryan Hall - his 31st in as many appearances - but second-rower Matt Gillett and winger Valentine Holmes continued to punish woeful England defence with further tries and Thurston took his goal tally to six from eight attempts.


  • 78: TRY! scored for Australia by Valentine Holmes
  • 76: GOAL! scored for England by Gareth Widdop
  • 76: TRY! scored for England by Ryan Hall
  • 72: TRY! scored for Australia by Matt Gillett
  • 67: GOAL! scored for England by Gareth Widdop
  • 67: TRY! scored for England by Gareth Widdop
  • 59: TRY! scored for Australia by Josh Dugan
  • 59: GOAL! scored for Australia by Johnathan Thurston
  • 57: TRY! scored for Australia by Matthew Scott
  • 57: GOAL! scored for Australia by Johnathan Thurston
  • 47: TRY! scored for Australia by Greg Inglis
  • 47: GOAL! scored for Australia by Johnathan Thurston
  • 40: GOAL! scored for Australia by Johnathan Thurston
  • 36: GOAL! scored for Australia by Johnathan Thurston
  • 36: TRY! scored for Australia by Blake Ferguson
  • 26: TRY! scored for England by Jermaine McGillvary
  • 17: GOAL! scored for Australia by Johnathan Thurston
  • 12: GOAL! scored for England by Gareth Widdop
  • Key Performers

    David Klemmer

    Metres 174
    9 9

    Blake Ferguson

    Metres 156
    9 9

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    England 3
    Australia 6

    Goals:

    England 3
    Australia 6

    METRES:

    England 1161
    Australia 1556

    CARRIES:

    England 161
    Australia 198

    TACKLES:

    England 387
    Australia 313

    OFFLOADS:

    England 6
    Australia 6

    PENALTIES:

    England 8
    Australia 10

    BREAKS:

    England 4
    Australia 2

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Ryan Hall 1 0 2 0 0 2 1 12 111 9.25 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Gareth Widdop 1 0 32 5 2 2 3 4 24 6.00 1 0 1 0 3 1 0 0
    Jermaine McGillvary 1 0 1 0 1 3 0 15 87 5.80 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    George Williams 0 1 4 0 0 1 0 3 18 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    George Burgess 0 0 20 2 1 0 0 2 15 7.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Mike Cooper 0 0 19 4 1 0 0 5 45 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Burgess 0 0 46 7 6 0 0 15 101 6.73 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Thomas Burgess 0 0 15 1 3 0 0 11 89 8.09 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Chris Hill 0 0 32 9 0 0 0 9 68 7.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Hodgson 0 0 43 4 6 0 0 10 64 6.40 0 10 1 0 0 0 2 4
    Elliott Whitehead 0 0 48 10 3 0 0 7 35 5.00 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    John Bateman 0 0 35 7 0 1 0 9 89 9.89 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    James Graham 0 0 37 6 1 0 0 16 98 6.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mark Percival 0 1 12 0 3 2 0 11 69 6.27 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Kevin Brown 0 0 14 2 3 0 3 3 20 6.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jonathan Lomax 0 1 8 1 2 2 0 16 122 7.63 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kallum Watkins 0 0 19 4 0 1 0 13 106 8.15 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Matt Gillett 1 1 33 10 0 2 0 10 45 4.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Scott 1 0 30 3 1 0 0 11 97 8.82 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Blake Ferguson 1 0 5 0 1 4 0 18 156 8.67 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Josh Dugan 1 0 18 1 2 4 0 12 100 8.33 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1
    Greg Inglis 1 0 13 2 2 4 0 13 137 10.54 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Valentine Holmes 1 0 1 0 2 3 0 13 98 7.54 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Sam Thaiday 0 0 10 1 0 1 0 7 48 6.86 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tyson Frizell 0 0 20 4 0 0 0 12 64 5.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Michael Morgan 0 0 4 0 2 0 1 2 16 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    David Klemmer 0 0 21 4 0 2 0 19 174 9.16 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Trent Merrin 0 0 31 3 0 2 0 14 101 7.21 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Boyd Cordner 0 0 28 5 1 0 0 15 136 9.07 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Aaron Woods 0 0 31 5 0 1 0 16 131 8.19 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Cameron Smith 0 3 37 7 0 3 4 7 62 8.86 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Johnathan Thurston 0 0 13 3 1 2 1 12 58 4.83 0 0 0 0 6 2 0 1
    Cooper Cronk 0 1 9 0 2 2 6 7 56 8.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Darius Boyd 0 1 9 0 0 2 0 10 77 7.70 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties