Australia v England Second Test Preview

Bernard Foley is tackled by Maro Itoje

Australia’s Wallabies will head into this week’s Test under pressure to turn around last week’s loss as they know that another England victory will win the series for England.

Australia made a bright start last week and scored two early tries as they caught England offguard with the pace of their game.

This week the Wallabies will need an 80 minute peformance as they quickly learned last week that England are a vastly improved side since last year.

England will be brimming with confidence after last week as they ran in their highest ever score against Australia in 45 matches. It also extended England’s winning streak to eight straight wins.

Worryingly for Australia they were outplayed last week at the breakdown and that was with David Pocock in the team. Statistics show that Australia still win without Pocock in the side but they are 20% less likely to win when he is not playing.

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has made four changes to the side that played last week. Last week Australia struggled in the scrums so Scott Sio has been dropped – entirely from the squad – and there is a new front row of Sekope Kepu , James Slipper anmd Captain Stephen Moore.

Pocock’s injury sees Sean McMahon come into the team at No.8 and Sam Carter earns his first start since Australia played the United States in Chicago last year before the World Cup. The Australian backline is unchanged.

England have made two changes to the side that played last week. George Ford comes into the side at flyhalf which pushes Owen Farrell out to centre. This is not a major change as coach Eddie Jones made this change half way through the first half last week so the combination will be familiar having played almost 60 minutes together in Brisbane.

The other change for England is on the wing where Jack Nowell who scored England’s final try comes into the starting line up replacing Marland Yarde who drops out of the 23.

Australia have played England twice in Melbourne before – in 2003 and 2006 and both teams have won one match each. The average score when these teams meet in Melbourne is Australia 28 England 22.

Australia rarely lose the second Test in a series but last week showed that they will have their work cut out for them this week. Australia will have the benefit of a Southern Hemisphere referee while England have the incredible kicking talent of Owen Farrell.

The Bookies have given England a 2 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The loss of David Pocock is a massive blow for Australia and they will struggle at the breakdown without him. England should edge this by one.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports.

Average score: Australia 22 England 16

Last five results
11 Jun 2016 AUS v ENG 28-39 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
03 Oct 2015 AUS v ENG 33-13 Twickenham, London
29 Nov 2014 AUS v ENG 17-26 Twickenham, London
02 Nov 2013 AUS v ENG 13-20 Twickenham, London
17 Nov 2012 AUS v ENG 20-14 Twickenham, London

Australia’s overall record against England
Played 45 , Wins 25, Losses 19 , Draws 1

Date : Saturday 18 Jun 2016
Venue : AAMI Park Melbourne
Kick Off local: 20.00
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1:Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Ref 2:Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
TMO : Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Teams

Australia

15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (c), 1 James Slipper

Replacements (three to be omitted): Tatafu Polota-Nau, Toby Smith, Greg Holmes, James Horwill, Dean Mumm, Wycliff Palu, Ben McCalman, Liam Gill, Nick Frisby, Christian Leali’ifano, Luke Morahan

England

15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Jack Nowell, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 James Haskell, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Mako Vunipola

Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Courtney Lawes, 21 Jack Clifford, 22 Danny Care, 23 Elliot Daly

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