Ace Eng­land eye Wal­laby hat-trick

Tourists have al­ready claimed se­ries win

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Dy­lan Hart­ley has urged Eng­land to “fin­ish the job” and com­plete a 3-0 white­wash over Aus­tralia af­ter the Grand Slam cham­pi­ons clinched a first se­ries suc­cess Down Un­der with a 23-7 win in Mel­bourne.

The vis­i­tors were forced to de­fend for lengthy pe­ri­ods as the Wal­la­bies threw ev­ery­thing at them, but Eng­land’s de­fence held firm be­fore Owen Far­rell se­cured the win with a late try.

Eng­land had led 10-7 at the break thanks to a try from Hart­ley be­fore Far­rell scored all 13 points in the sec­ond half to cap a hugely im­pres­sive vic­tory.

And Hart­ley in­sists there is no way Eng­land will switch off with a se­ries finale to play in Syd­ney next week­end.

Asked about com­plet­ing a clean sweep, he said: “Why not? We’re a team that want to im­prove. We want to con­tend num­ber one in the world.

“If we want to be con­tenders we are go­ing to have to fin­ish the job next week.”

He added: “We know Aus­tralia are a proud team and we ex­pect a big game next week. We’ll en­joy this lit­tle bit of his­tory right now, but the mes­sage is we go again and we pre­pare for next week and fin­ish the tour off well.

“Aus­tralia are a great team with a ball in hand and (con­ced­ing) four tries last week hurt our pride. The key fo­cus this week was de­fence, we put bod­ies on the line this week and put some good shots in and we kept the score down.

“Our tac­tics are al­ways the same - we just took the onus on our­selves to de­fend bet­ter.”

Head coach Ed­die Jones echoed the com­ments of his skip­per, in­sist­ing he would not be happy un­less Eng­land left Syd­ney with a 3-0 se­ries win.

“The play­ers are al­ready talking about (the white­wash),” he said.

“This win is for the sup­port­ers, the peo­ple at the RFU and the peo­ple in the am­a­teur game. They’ll all be get­ting de­light out of this game and we’re so proud to rep­re­sent them.”

Aus­tralia will cer­tainly feel they should still be in the se­ries af­ter be­ing camped in Eng­land’s half for much of the 80 min­utes in Mel­bourne. But Chris Rob­shaw and James Haskell ex­celled in de­fence, pro­duc­ing tackle af­ter tackle to keep the Wal­la­bies at bay.

“It has been a pretty spe­cial week, topped off by a quite in­cred­i­ble game,” said for­mer cap­tain Rob­shaw. “Ev­ery­one has been ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing. It was (get­ting hairy) but we were spot-on. When you look at the ef­fort the boys put in, the will­ing­ness to put in the tackle, it showed the char­ac­ter of the team.

“It’s great that all the work we did in the week has paid off.”

His fel­low for­ward Haskell also praised the dis­play and is de­ter­mined to help Eng­land com­plete a clean sweep. He added: “Two from two but I won’t be sat­is­fied un­til we go 3-0. It was a mas­sive shift. It will be hard to take it to 3-0 – there are a lot of battered boys and Aus­tralia have a com­pet­i­tive squad.”

CEL­E­BRA­TION TIME: Owen Far­rell ex­celled for Eng­land; Is­rael Falou is left dis­ap­pointed; Ben Youngs en­joyed the win; Ed­die Jones was the mas­ter­mind of the vic­tory

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