England fell 30-28 to Australia in a rollercoaster first game of the three-game series in Perth on Saturday.
The Wallabies’ win snaps an eight-match losing streak against their former rivals despite the loss of lock Darcy Swain to a red card before halftime.
Winger Jordan Petaia, hooker Folau Fainga’a and forward Pete Samu all scored tries in the fourth quarter as Australia recorded their first win over England since knocking out the co-hosts from the 2015 World Cup.
Samu’s try took Australia to a 30-14 lead, but England debutants Henry Arundell and Jack van Poortvliet scored tries in the closing minutes to make the score more respectable.
The series continues over the next two weeks with tests at Brisbane’s Lang Park and Sydney Cricket Ground. Follow all the reaction with our live blog:
South Africa vs Wales
It’s been a long time coming, but South Africa will play in front of a sold-out home crowd for the first time since they were crowned world champions 32 months ago.
The coronavirus pandemic meant last year’s Test series against the British and Irish Lions was held behind closed doors, with demand for Saturday’s clash seeing the remaining tickets sold out more than 96 hours before kick-off.
The Springboks’ overall record in Pretoria is better than at Ellis Park, Johannesburg, where they won the 1995 World Cup under captain Francois Pienaar, underscoring Wales’s acute degree of difficulty.
ben burrows2 July 2022 14:55
South Africa vs Wales
Three games against the Springboks in South Africa, with two of them at altitude, provide a fierce test for Wales.
They suffered a tough 22-21 loss at home in the Six Nations against Italy last time out and have never ousted South Africa on home soil, losing all 10 previous meetings.
Three of those defeats were in Pretoria, with scores of 37-21, 53-18 and 96-13, underscoring the huge task ahead.
Although it was eight years ago, Wales can bounce back from a one-point loss to the Springboks in Nelspruit on their last visit, with six surviving from that encounter on Pivac Matchday 23, but South Africa are the clear favourites.
ben burrows2 July 2022 14:46
South Africa vs Wales
After two exciting matches this morning, here is the Southern Hemisphere’s top-flight rugby union number three, where Wales face their toughest task of Wayne Pivac’s managerial reign with the first of a three-Test series against the World champions South Africa.
The Pivac team plays in Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town, starting on Saturday at Loftus Versfeld, where they will be greeted by a 50,000-capacity crowd.
We’ll have it all for you right here.
ben burrows2 July 2022 14:45
England defeated by 14-man Australia in the first Test
England collapsed to a fourth straight loss when their magic touch against Australia finally deserted them in a 30-28 loss in the series opener at Optus Stadium.
The Wallabies sent off second row Darcy Swain for a header in the 34th minute, but Eddie Jones’s tourists were still unable to secure a ninth straight win in the encounter.
It is the second game in a row that they have failed to finish off a 14-man opposition after being beaten by the Barbarians at Twickenham in their most recent outing.
Harry Latham Coyle2 July 2022 13:44
Eddie Jones is the last in front of the Sky Sports microphone
“We had enough moments in the game to win it. With 14-9 and 20 minutes to go we should have closed the game but we didn’t. Now we have to win the series 2-1 and make sure we don’t let them get away next time.
“In a way, a red card can play against you. Then the referee starts refereeing it differently, and we probably didn’t fit in well enough today.
“The message at halftime was to put more pressure on them and we did it in spurts, but a couple of times we were on their line and we didn’t finish. We have to put in order our ability to finish off in attack. Defensively we could have pursued them a little more.
“[Henry Arundell] he will be a good player. If he can keep learning and working hard, he will be a special talent for us. There are some positives that come out of a loss that we’re very disappointed in.”
Harry Latham Coyle2 July 2022 13:41
Dave Rennie on victory for his side
“I am very proud. We lost Quade before the game, we lost Allan and Banksy before halftime, and then the red card. We missed collisions on both sides of the ball, so I’m really engrossed with the character and the decision making in the second half.
“I think our leaders did a fantastic job of solving problems on the fly. We know England have a lot more in them so we’ll be ready for that next week. We handed out too many penalties, so there’s a lot to fix for us.”
Harry Latham Coyle2 July 2022 13:36
A great victory for Australia
Australia probably needed a win like that. There were moments in that first half when it seemed like a day where everything could go wrong, Quade Cooper injured before kick-off, two more starters also sent off early, and then Darcy Swain sent off. But he speaks volumes about the character Dave Rennie has instilled in the side they managed to stay on and then win the game decisively. Their big players got to their feet – Michael Hooper, Nic White, Samu Kerevi – and Noah Lolesio grew increasingly into the game after his late call-up to start. The way they attacked England on the ropes to extend their lead also showed a truly ruthless lead, and Pete Samu’s goal ended up being necessary.
Harry Latham Coyle2 July 2022 13:33
Henry Arundell makes an impact
This was pretty good on Henry Arundell’s debut.
Harry Latham Coyle2 July 2022 13:24
F/T: Australia 30-28 England
It is another difficult day for England. Eddie Jones’ team continues to struggle to push teams away, even as they dominate for good stretches. There was much to like about the way his carrier attacked and so often won the gain line, but there was little real incision that followed and seized opportunities that should have come.
Those two late scores for Henry Arundell and Jack van Poortvliet rather hide some pretty significant cracks. Their attack still looks very disjointed, and they lacked control and direction in the second half.
Harry Latham Coyle2 July 2022 13:22
And some thoughts from Michael Hooper
“With all those things that happened, you can’t plan for that. I’m proud that our coaching staff came up with a plan and that our guys partially executed it tonight.
“We’ll break down the game, what worked, what didn’t, how we can turn it around in seven days. We know that a different beast will come and we hope to improve as well.”
Harry Latham Coyle2 July 2022 13:17