Four Nations rugby saw the English side going down to the Aussie side by the ugly score of 36 – 18.
The Brits needed a win to advance to next week’s final and they put on a good show for most of the game, but Australia scored 26 points in the second half to run away with the game.
It will be an Aussie – Kiwi final next week, with the stakes being nothing less than a claim on the number one ranking. The Roos might have to go up against the New Zealanders without the services of their veteran forward Sam Thaiday, as he was taken to hospital to check out what could turn out to be a fractured eye socket.
England posed the toughest test the Australians have faced so far, despite what the unbalanced score would seem to imply. The margin in Australia’s favour at the half was only four points and the 36,000 England supporters at London Stadium were vociferous in their backing of the home side.
England could have put more pressure on, but they made basic errors that would typically be expected from much lower levels, not a Four Nations squad stocked with veteran stars.
Greg Inglis, Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston were potent factors for the Aussies.