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Four Nations: England 18-36 Australia

Published: 13 Nov 2016

England were knocked out of the Four Nations by Australia in a thumping 18-36 defeat at the London Stadium.

The home team needed to avoid defeat to reach the final but Australia's dominant play sealed England's fate.

Johnathan Thurston kicked several points as Jermaine McGillvary and Blake Ferguson scored for England and Australia in the first half.

The Kangaroo's dominance of the second half was displayed through five converted tries, sealing the match comfortably.

It only took England five minutes to score as Gareth Widdop, returning from injury, converted a penalty, only for Thurston to respond with his own penalty goal.

England went ahead on 25 minutes as McGillvary scored his third try of the tournament with a powerful right-wing run.

The Kangaroos were rewarded for consistent pressure when Ferguson crossed the line on 35 minutes.

Thurston converted and scored a penalty goal to put Australia ahead at half-time.

Australia started again strongly as Greg Inglis powered through England's defence to score a try on 48 minutes.

Two quick-fire tries followed from Matt Scott and Josh Dugan to take a clear lead.

Widdop responded after 68 minutes with a driving try after England developed attacking momentum and a goal conversion.

When Matt Gillett went over the line on 71 minutes, England lost their discipline in a clash with the Kangaroos.

England's Ryan Hall scored his third try of the tournament on the left wing, only to be cancelled out by Valentine Holmes’s athletic try.

Australia will now play New Zealand at Anfield on 20th November in the Four Nations final.

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