Australia vs England - Recent Classics

We are going to take a look at some of the best clashes over the years between these two Rugby League giants.

5. November 2nd 2014, Four Nations

Australia would strike first through Michael Jennings after 16 minutes to give Australia an early lead. England would react quickly, with Rhinos duo Kallum Watkins and Ryan Hall, to see the English take, a shock, 12-4 lead in at half time. Australia were certainly on the receiving end of a few stern words during the interval as they sprung into life, tries from Ben Hunt and Greg Inglis were enough to seal the game at 16-12 in Australia's favour.

4. October 31st 2009, Four Nations Round 2

England were being picked apart in the first half and trailed 26 points to nil at half time. Two tries from Billy Slater and one a piece for Brett Morris, Greg Inglis and Darren Lockyer all in the first 40 left England with a bleak looking second half. England would come out fighting, keeping Australia scoreless, and scoring 3 unanswered tries, Sam Burgess, Gareth Ellis and Lee Smith the Scorers. The resurgence would be much too late and Australia would hang on for a 26-16 victory.

3. October 26th 2013, World Cup Round 1

England would race out to an early lead through tries from Ryan Hall and Leroy Cudjoe, the English would lose their grip on the 10 point lead as Australia would strike back with; Greg Bird, Johnathon Thurston and Billy Slater for the Roos, to claim an 18 points to 10 lead at the halfway mark. Australia would draw first blood in the second stanza with Brett Morris, and the game looked to be getting away from England, until George Burgess would charge over. As quickly as the fixture was alive, it was dead again, Darius Boyd taking advantage of poor defence to give Australia the win, even with a late England Josh Charnley try. The game finishing 28-20 Australia.

2. October 7th 1995, World Cup Round 1

England would shock Australia on the opening day of the World Cup in front of 41,000 at Wembley Stadium. England took a 10-6 lead into the sheds at half time, they were defending well and Australia were definitely not playing well, the Aussies would knock once either side of the half, Tim Brasher the culprit both times, gifting England tries through Andy Farrell and Chris Joynt. England would claim the win with an interception from Paul Newlove to clinch victory at a score of 20-16 England.

1. October 28th 1995, World Cup final.

Australia came into this game incredibly wary of what the English would provide, after all England had beaten just a few weeks ago. England would take the early two points on offer, during a very physical first half with minimal chances on offer. Man of the match and Rugby League Immortal, Andrew Johns would capitalise on an England error and stab a perfectly weighted grubber for Rod Wishart to ground to give Australia the lead. England were struggling to add points, so when Johns was penalised late in the first half, Goulding would take the shot at goal to take the game to 6-4. Johns would then atone for his ill-discipline by kicking a penalty for the Australian's, 8-4. Farrell would hit Carroll high to give the Aussies yet more breathing space, 10-4. England came out with fire in their bellies in the second half and Paul Newlove would take the game to within two points, smashing his way over for a try, Goulding failing to add the extras, 10-8. Australia got the winning try through Brasher as he kicked through a loose Johns pass to beat Radlinkski to the grounfing, the match would finish 16-10 Australia.

Let's hope for another one of these kind of games on Saturday,



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