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Eddie Jones’ artfully constructed ambush helps England to topple Australia

• Australia 28-39 England
• England register highest points tally in major Test in southern hemisphere

If this is “Bodyline” rugby, bring it on every week. Various England coaches have spent years seeking to outwit the southern hemisphere’s elite without understanding the answers primarily lie between the ears. Decisiveness, controlled aggression, clarity of execution; it is not a coincidence that it is an Australian head coach showing the Poms the best way to skin a Wallaby.

This was another artfully constructed Eddie Jones ambush, second only to his Japan team’s stunning triumph over South Africa last September. One minute Australia thought they had the visitors cornered at 10-0 down, the next they were staring at a 1-0 series deficit and the loss of their most influential forward, David Pocock, who has a fractured eye socket. When Jones described Michael Cheika afterwards as “the world’s best coach”, he did so from his office on the mezzanine level just above him.

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Eddie Jones warns England ‘don’t get too excited’ after win in Australia

• ‘We need to work on our defence’ says coach after 39-28 success
• Jones says James Haskell ‘really outstanding’ opposite David Pocock

Eddie Jones saluted his England team’s record-breaking victory over Australia but insisted it would count for little if the Wallabies bounce back to win the best‑of‑three series. He has already warned his players not to get overexcited after their 39-28 win and says his side will need to play better to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in Melbourne next Saturday.

Having won the first round of the duel with his old team-mate Michael Cheika, the Australian is keenly aware his compatriots will be harder to beat in the second Test, particularly with a series defeat potentially looming large. “All we have done tonight is given ourselves one more game in the series,” emphasised Jones. “We have made history today but it is not good enough for us. It is all about next week … we can’t get too excited.”

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England hold off Australia fightback to win thrilling series opener

• First Test: Australia 28-39 England
• Late Nowell try seals victory

England have made a storming start to their three-Test series against Australia by beating the Wallabies 39-28 in a frantic first Test at Suncorp Stadium. The Six Nations champions recovered from 10-0 down to register a deserved victory which extended their unbeaten record under the head coach Eddie Jones to seven games.

It was a breathless game from start to finish and represented a tactical triumph for Jones in his personal duel with his former Randwick team-mate Michael Cheika. England did concede four tries but Jonathan Joseph and Marland Yarde registered tries either side of half-time and 24 points from the boot of Owen Farrell, who landed nine from 10 attempts, rewarded the hard work of England’s pack with James Haskell and Maro Itoje both outstanding.

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