UN­LUCKY 13TH FOR DRAGONS

Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES - ENG­LAND: AR­GENTINA: BY GRA­HAM THOMAS

penal­ties con­ceded at scrum­time and Eng­land could not get their at­tack­ing game go­ing.

Henry Slade threw a cou­ple of poor passes but came up trumps af­ter Lo­zowksi’s break on 66 min­utes. Ford found the Ex­eter man, who threw an­other long pass out for wing Semesa Roko­duguni to dot down.

The pass looked for­ward but it was al­lowed to stand af­ter a look by the video ref­eree and Eng­land had got away with one. Ar­gentina de­fended bravely with­out show­ing a lot in at­tack and de­served a late score from re­place­ment Ni­co­las Sanchez.

Eng­land de­served a rocket – and no doubt Jones will be send­ing one up them this week. AUS­TRALIA won at the Mil­len­nium Sta­dium to con­tinue their dom­i­nance over War­ren Gat­land’s Wales.

The vis­i­tors scored tries through Tatafu Polota-Nau, Adam Cole­man, Michael Hooper and Kurt­ley Beale as they with­stood some in­tense pres­sure from Wales, whose tries came via St­eff Evans and Hal­lam Amos.

It was a 13th straight win for the Wal­la­bies over the Welsh, who they will meet again in the pool stages of the next global cham­pi­onship in Ja­pan in two years’ time.

Wales coach Gat­land, back at the helm of the side af­ter his spell with the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions, had said in the week that he be­lieved his side could win the World Cup, but on this ev­i­dence they will need to be more clin­i­cal with ball in hand.

Gat­land said: “We tried to force too many passes and off­loads but it’s what we’ve been en­cour­ag­ing the play­ers to do.”

Aus­tralia showed mus­cle among the for­wards for the open­ing try as they claimed a li­ne­out 10 yards from the Wales line and drove their way over through hooker Polota-Nau.

The Welsh hit back a few min­utes later when scrum half Gareth Davies breezed through a rare gap­ing hole in the Aus­tralian de­fence, and as they took the ball through the phases, Leigh Half­penny fed Evans to score out wide.

The end-to-end bat­tle con­tin­ued and when fly half Bernard Fo­ley’s clever chip into the cor­ner had the hosts scram­bling and Will Ge­nia played lock Cole­man into a gap to score.

Aus­tralia grabbed the ini­tia­tive on the stroke of half-time with a third try, as loose-for­ward Hooper barged his way over.

In the sec­ond pe­riod, af­ter Beale ripped the ball from the hands of Evans on the half­way line, the full­back raced clear to score un­op­posed and the vis­i­tors’ lead bal­looned to 13 points.

Wales wing Amos dot­ted down in the cor­ner late on. Half­penny missed the con­ver­sa­tion. In­jured cen­tre Jonathan Davies had to be as­sisted from the field at the end.

Next up, Aus­tralia face Eng­land at Twick­en­ham on Satur­day, while Wales host Ge­or­gia.

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