England end the year unbeaten with 37-21 win over Australia


England won their 14th consecutive game and ended a perfect 2016 unbeaten with a resounding win over Australia at Twickenham.

The Wallabies were looking for revenge after their 3-0 home series defeat at the hands of England in June, but despite a great opening 20 minutes they couldn't match their opponents for the rest of the game.

Yarde touches down (David Davies /PA)
Yarde touches down (David Davies

Somehow Eddie Jones's men were behind by only 10 points after an utterly one-sided opening spell, but clawed their way back with an opportunist score from the superb Jonathan Joseph.

England went in at the break trailing 13-16, but asserted their dominance through a blistering try from Marland Yarde and a trademark Ben Young's dummy-and-go.

But the Wallabies rallied late on to apply some pressure. A searing 40-metre run from Israel Folau led to defensive disarray, leading to front-rower Sekope Kepu bursting over the line seconds later.

Jonathan Joseph crosses the line (Paul Harding/PA)
Jonathan Joseph crosses the line (Paul Harding/PA)

It is an incredible turn-around from a team that exited their home World Cup at the pool stages just a year ago.

The win means Jones's England have drawn level with the 14-Test winning run set by Sir Clive Woodward's World Cup winners in 2002-03 and extends their mastery over the Wallabies to four successive matches.

Michael Hooper tackles Ben Youngs ( David Davies/PA)
Michael Hooper tackles Ben Youngs ( David Davies/PA)

For the first time since 1992 they have finished the year with an unblemished record.

And they will end 2016 in second place in the global rankings behind New Zealand.