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Live Reporting

By Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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  1. Australia complete their win over England with a length of field try

    Sorry to inflict this on you, England fans, but any loitering Green and Golds can set down their bottle of VB for a second and enjoy this length of the field special from Josh Dugan.

    Swooped like a vulture. Punishing.

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    FT: Australia 18-4 England

    Justin Holbrook

    St Helens head coach on BBC Two

    We spoke about England's back three of Lomax, McGillvary and Hall before the match - and they delivered. They got them out of trouble well and also looked dangerous at other end.

    England had the better of the second half and created some good opportunities. I hope England fans don't just look at the score and think 'ah, we only scored one try' - there was some good attack play. England really took it to them.

  3. 'We can take a lot from it'

    FT: Australia 18-4 England

    Sean O'Loughlin

    England captain Sean O'Loughlin: "Both sides were a little bit rusty - and there will be a lot of improvement from both sides.

    "There is a lot more in us - we are disappointed by the defeat but can take a lot from it.

    "I thought everyone had a real dig tonight - we had some patchy periods but I thought the effort was good from everyone."

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    FT: Australia 18-4 England

    Kevin Sinfield

    Former England and Leeds captain on BBC Two

    I was very buoyed by the second half. I thought we were great - the scoreline does not justify the scoreline. England were very good down the right side.

  6. "We were prepared for a battle"

    FT: Australia 18-4 England

    Billy Slater

    Australia full-back Billy Slater said: "We were prepared for a tough battle and we got that, we were a bit scratchy in attack, there is improvement to make but it was a good start.

    [On the link-up between Cameron Smith, Slater and Cooper Cronk] "We've played together for 17 years, we have those plays up our sleeve. We just need to hold the ball, build pressure and get them tired for those to come off.

    "England's strengths are their back-three, their wingers are hard to handle, they shift the ball and make you defend. They're a good side and they'll go well in this competition."

  7. Full time

    Australia 18-4 England

    Josh Dugan

    Far less doom and gloom about the England performance after a spirited second period but Australia, the holders, make a winning start to their defence of the Paul Barriere Trophy.

    England were exceptional in terms of their desire and determination but at the end were undone by Australia - relentless and dogged.

    Their big game players did enough to take the points. No shame in that 80 minutes though for the England players. They will go again.

  8. TRY Australia 18-4 England

    Josh Dugan, con Cameron Smith

    Australia try graphic

    And there is the game. England, desperate to keep the ball alive, to prompt and probe but their desire is too strong, the need too great and after one pass pushed too many, Josh Dugan swoops on an intercept to race the length of the pitch and kill off the match.

    So many plus points for England but Australia now have a flattering scoreline.

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    Australia 12-4 England

    Short kick-off by Gareth Widdop falls for the Kangaroos. The Green and Golds will be celebrating at this rate, but they'll know they've been in a game.

    Australia knock on close to the line to gift a scrum to England. They're desperate to set the scrum and go again.

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    Australia 12-4 England

    Ian Millward

    Former St Helens coach on BBC Two

    Both teams are very tired and this could be it. Only the third penalty in the game too. A contentious one for England

  11. PENALTY Australia 12-4 England

    Cameron Smith

    Wade Graham was tackled by Elliott Whitehead and the ball was deemed to have been stripped. PENALTY. Gutting for England.

    Australia penalty. Cam Smith slots it. Eight point, two score lead. Might be game over that...

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    Australia 10-4 England

    Ryan Hall goes for the corner but the big man with a penchant for tries against Australia is shepherded out by immense defence.

    England have been excellent after the break. This is encouraging. A score would just make it even sweeter!

    Ryan Hall
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    Australia 10-4 England

    Brian Noble

    Ex-Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    I think James Roby has changed the direction of this team with his direct running.

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    Australia 10-4 England

    England's Sean O'Loughlin leads by example to drive his way through the middle, then James Graham. Luke Gale's kick earns England another dig after Australia drop out.

    Meanwhile, Sam Burgess has an imposing looking knee brace on. Worrying.

    Sean O'Loughlin
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    Australia 10-4 England

    Ian Millward

    Former St Helens coach on BBC Two

    That was a very big decision....

  16. NO TRY

    Australia 10-4 England

    Michael Morgan chased through the kick and knocked the ball out of England full-back Jonny Lomax's hand. No penalty for the Aussies.

    The decision was no-try (after a lengthy visit to the video referee), and the reward for England is a 20-metre tap.

  17. Billy Slater extends Australia's lead against England

    And while we're waiting, here is Billy Slater's try from the opening half. No points have been scored since then.

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    Video caption: Billy Slater extends Australia's lead against England

    Australia 10-4 England

    Big no-try video review after Michael Morgan chased a kick through... big call for England here.

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    Australia 10-4 England

    James Graham will have been itching to get back on after his stint on the bench. He's about to be sent back on.

    England have the scrum head and feed from 10 away from the posts.

    Time ticking away. Almost 10 to go.

    James Graham
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    Australia 10-4 England

    Jonny Lomax stopped! John Bateman stopped! England try the kick through on the last but Australia stay cool to mop the ball up.

    Running a glut of emotions here! Did England have options out wide when they opted to kick instead?