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
/PA)

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.

Read Full Story

FROM OUR PARTNERS