England have crashed out of their home Rugby World Cup following a 33-13 defeat to Australia tonight.
Bernard Foley scored the first 26 of Australia’s points at Twickenham, including this classy first-half try, as Stuart Lancaster’s side became the first host nation not to get out of the pool stages.
The Red Rose still have Uruguay to play, but cannot qualify for the semi-finals, with Australia and Wales having already secured the top two spots in Pool A ahead of their clash next Saturday.
Foley traded early penalties with Owen Farrell before the Wallabies raced 17-3 clear by half-time courtesy of more clinical kicking and a delightful 20th-minute try from Australia’s fly-half.
Anthony Watson crossed to bring England back to 20-13, a score from which a converted try would have secured the hosts a draw – enough to take their World Cup destiny to the final round of fixtures.
But England’s momentum went with Farrell to the sin bin, and Foley kicked the Aussies clear before Matt Giteau capped Australia’s biggest ever win at the home of English rugby with a late try.
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