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Summary

  1. Final score: England 37-21 Australia
  2. England equal their record of 14 wins in a row
  3. Joseph 2, Yarde, Youngs tries for Eng
  4. Australia led 16-13 at half-time
  5. Live commentary on Radio 5 live; highlights on BBC Two at 18:00

Live Reporting

By Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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England 37-21 Australia

A perfect end to a perfect year for England. History equalled with a fourth victory of the year over Australia. 

The end of England's autumn campaign means the end of this live text. Thanks, as always, for joining us. 

We will see you again for the start of the Six Nations in February but, until then, enjoy the mince pies and the brussels sprouts, or kebabs.  

'Plenty to work on'

England 37-21 Australia

England captain Dylan Hartley speaking to Sky Sports: "The first half wasn’t the best sort of stuff but we found a way to win. We gained points through pressure. It was frustrating in the first half but it was testament to the guys. They work hard and improve every week. It was a different challenge and we found a way to win. We are very happy. 

"We set out targets week by week. We have broken it down into mini goals and slowly ticked them off.

“We will enjoy tonight. It has been a long five weeks. We have worked very hard together and there is plenty to work on. Next time we meet up it will be a new challenge but it was nice to finish these weeks with win."

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Jeremy Hobart on 81111: “Talking of kebab stories Aimee.... I got back in the early hours from a long international work trip and couldn't resist the sweet aroma of lamb as I came out of the tube. Waited 30 mins for my extra large mixed kebab with a double helping of chilli sauce (no salad). Decided to walk home to eat. Slobbered all the way home carrying my laptop bag in one hand and suitcase in the other. Opened the front door tripped on the door frame and watched my kebab fly through the air in to the dogs mouth. Worst thing - the dog ate the whole thing without unwrapping it. I nearly cried."

England 37-21 Australia

The reward for 14 consecutive wins? Pizza and beer. England's squad are taking big bites out of the pizza which has been supplied for them. Plenty of boxes empty already

Put on Strictly in the dressing room TV and it's the perfect Saturday night. 

Lawes a happy man

England 37-21 Australia

Hell of a series from the boys! Such a privilege to be a part of this team and of course props to everyone whos supported us 🙌🏻

England 37-21 Australia

Champagne is being sprayed inside the England dressing room, where the players have gathered for a team photo. More beer into the Cook Cup - Mike Brown throws the amber liquid over Danny Care's head. This is going to get messy.

England 37-21 Australia

More from England coach Eddie Jones.

Asked about scrum-half Ben Youngs who was named man of the match, Jones said: “He played superbly. I thought he put his hand up for a Lions jersey today. He attacked around the ruck and really kicked well. 

And on his team’s unbeaten run, despite missing a number of first-team players: "It really shows where the side is going. The real test is when you are not at your best and have not got your best players.

“To win big tournaments you have got to be able to do that.

“That is a great experience for us today. Nathan Hughes came in for Billy Vunipola who has been one of our iconic players and played superbly.” 

'We were terrible in the first half'

England 37-21 Australia

England coach Eddie Jones: "We were terrible in the first half. I don't think we could have tried to play worse than we did. We rebounded very well to get back into the game and, conversely, in the first 20 minutes of the second half we were outstanding.

Asked why his team started poorly: "I am not sure. We were strangely quiet in the warm-up. I sensed the players were a little nervous.

"It was a big occasion today. To beat Australia 4-0, continue the unbeaten record, equal England's record of unbeaten games. Maybe that weighed on the players minds.

"The most satisfying thing for me is that we keep getting better."

'Eddie said we couldn't play any worse'

England 37-21 Australia

Man of the match Ben Youngs: "In the first half when we had ball it was in the wrong areas. For whatever reason we couldn't sustain any pressure on them. It was a scrappy half. 

"At half-time we talked about ball control and to stop absorbing the tackle and chop them down.

"Sometimes there is time for the hair dryer but Eddie just said we couldn't play any worse and it was up to us to rectify it. We knew what to do and it was just about doing it."

England 37-21 Australia

Whatever Jones said to his team during the break had the desired effect, because after the restart everything suddenly clicked into place for the hosts.  

Four tries, a 14th consecutive victory. 

You can read the match report here. 

'The score a fair reflection'

England 37-21 Australia

Australia captain Stephen Moore: "The score is always a fair reflection.

"England are a good side. You don't win that many games in a row without being a good team. 

"We dropped fair bit of ball in the opening stages. We wanted to start well and didn't carry on. This is the end of our season. We will take stock and go again. 

A blunt answer to the next question...

Was fatigue a factor?: "No."

Stephen Moore
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England 37-21 Australia

Oh no. This could go wrong. Jonathan Joseph is filling up the Cook Cup with beer.

Jonathan, I know it seems like a good idea now but before you know it you'll be passed out on the sofa, kebab all over the floor, and your friends will take this opportunity to smother toothpaste over your eyebrows. 

'The boys are ready for a rest'

England 37-21 Australia

England centre Jonathan Joseph, who scored two tries: "A lot of it (his tries) is the case of our defensive effort.

"We were disappointed with how we started but showed resilience to bounce back.

"We have had a great year and have worked really hard. The boys are ready for a rest now."

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England 37-21 Australia

Dylan Hartley holds up the Cook Cup so that a busy group of photographers can get their pictures. Flashbulbs popping, snap, snap, snap. The beautiful crystal trophy twinkling under the floodlights. 

Dylan Hartley
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'The win breeds confidence'

England 37-21 Australia

England flanker Tom Wood: "We gave them a massive lift with the start, they came out all guns blazing and we had to regroup.

"At half time we felt we still had gears left and had to get hold of the ball and assert ourselves. 

"The wins breed confidence. There is a feel-good factor and a self-belief that we didn't have in the past. We work hard in the week, to the relentless nature of Eddie Jones and the coaches."

Full-time

England 37-21 Australia

England's victors are currently collecting their medals. The Cook Cup is theirs to keep. It could have been a different match had Australia made the most of their opportunities in the 20 minutes, but England held on and were by far the better team after the break. 

David Pocock
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England 37-21 Australia

Paul Grayson

Ex-England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

England have shown mental resilience in adversity. Eddie Jones couldn't have planned it better.

Against Argentina last week, going down to 14, what better way to fire up your team? 

And here, 10-0 down, they were steamrollered and he has seen his players come back with skill, brains and were different players.

Nathan Hughes grew into his role. It was nowhere near perfect but a brilliant, brilliant finish to an outstanding year.

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England 37-21 Australia

David Pocock, head bowed, looking downwards, while England's players celebrate around him. 

England 37-21 Australia

Matt Dawson

2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

It has been a brilliant season for England. I am so, so, proud to watch these players. The infrastructure behind the team is on such a high. 

I have got to mention Ben Youngs. He was man of the match for 60 minutes. That's how good he was. 

He has been incredible this season and has really grown as a rugby player. 

Full-time

England 37-21 Australia

It's a very merry Christmas for those who follow the red rose. A record-equalling 14th consecutive victory for England, equalling a record set back in 2003 by Sir Clive Woodward's men. 

England also end 2016 unbeaten - a perfect record. This time last year, when they were out of the World Cup and in the doldrums, not many would have predicted that. 

Full-time

England 37-21 Australia

England with the put-in. Australia penalised, Nathan Hughes taps and goes... oof - he's pushed back 2m from the line. The No8 won't be too bothered. The referee blows his whistle. England victorious. 

Jonathan Joseph and Marland Yarde
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We're into the final minute and there's time for one more scrum. 

England 37-21 Australia

Australia stuck in their own 22, the men in white smothering them, it's gegenpressing [Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's philosophy, apparently. ed] but with an oval ball. The visitors going backwards... could there be another try? 

England 37-21 Australia

Terrible start for @EnglandRugby but the second half has been a different game. A calendar year unbeaten. congratulations all involved👍🏼

England 37-21 Australia

Matt Dawson

2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

Next week I want to see England play New Zealand.

They are primed to play the best in the world. 

England 37-21 Australia

Ben Youngs smiling from the sidelines, England's fans serenading their team... 

England have more to give, forward they rumble... George Ford with a beaut of a long pass to Jonny May but the winger is forcibly ejected into touch before he can get anywhere near the line. 

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England 37-21 Australia

Matt Dawson

2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

England have capped off a wonderful, wonderful year.

The white wall came up so fast. Australia were not accurate with the ball and Joseph plucked the ball out of the sky.

Try - Joseph

England 37-21 Australia

Australia opt to run out from their own half, but pay the price. David Pocock attempts the miss-pass but it's England's poacher supreme, Jonathan Joseph, who picks the ball out of the air and sprints to the line unchallenged. 

George Ford converts to seal what is surely a 14th consecutive England victory. 

Jonathan Joseph
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England 30-21 Australia

England penalised at the scrum, Australia with the chance to eat up territory with a kick to touch. Just over five minutes remaining... Hang on! What have we here? 

England 30-21 Australia

England had earned a penalty before Haylett-Petty's yellow card and they opt to kick to touch. Would they have aimed for the posts had Owen Farrell been on the field? 

The hosts going for the seven points then... They rumble forward from the line-out, but are penalised at the ruck 10m from Australia's line. Opportunity missed. 

England 30-21 Australia

Matt Dawson

2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

That is rubbish. 

Brown had passed the ball inside and Haylett-Petty was only a millisecond too late.

Sin-bin - Haylett-Petty

England 30-21 Australia

Mike Brown horizontalised by a Dane Haylett-Petty challenge. The full-back needs a few moments to remember where he is. The TMO reviews the shoulder charge. Boos ringing around Twickenham. The partisan fans have made their decision. 

"It was clearly after the ball," says the referee. "I suggest it would be yellow card." 

The TMO agrees. Haylett-Petty does not, but he must leave the field. His match is done. 

Dane Haylett-Petty is sin-binned
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England 30-21 Australia

Matt Dawson

2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

England are continuing to play that fast and furious game.

Maybe a bit of pragmatism is needed to take Australia across the pitch and wear them out.

England 30-21 Australia

Nathan Hughes with another barnstorming run on his first international start, putting his team on the front foot again. 

England rumbling forward, retaining possession, going through the phases... under 10 minutes remaining. 

Missed penalty

England 30-21 Australia

Owen Farrell has left the field - Ben Te'o his replacement -  so it's George Ford who takes over kicking duties. It's about 30m out, a touch to the left, but the outside-half balloons it wide. 

England 30-21 Australia

Matt Dawson

2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

That is a dangerous sign for England. 

They have a couple of replacements on and have to get the organisation right.

One decent pass and Australia were in behind.

Try - Kepu; missed conv Foley

England 30-21 Australia

It's not all over yet.  A beautiful sight - Israel Folau with the ball in hand, weaving out of Jonathan Joseph's grasp, evading a couple of other tacklers too. Quick ball for the Aussies and, would you believe it, it's Sekope Kepu on the outside, running through replacement Joe Marler... he's too quick for Owen Farrell too and strolls in for the try. 

Bernard Foley, however, misses the conversion. 

Sekope Kepu scores Australia's second try
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England 30-16 Australia

Ian Robertson

BBC rugby correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live

Ben Youngs gets a huge ovation. The crowd realise he has had a fantastic game.

Ben Youngs
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Replacement

England 30-16 Australia

England controlling the game, content to kill off Australia's hopes by kicking downfield towards the corners. 

Ben Youngs departs the field - what a second half from the No9 - and is replaced by Danny Care.