Australia v England player ratings: Samu Kerevi delivers comeback

PLAYER RATINGS: England collapse to defeat against a 14-man Australia as the Wallabies pull off a stunning comeback despite Darcy Swain’s red card thanks to Samu Kerevi’s monstrous runs… while Joe Cokanasiga was not involved enough for Eddie Jones

  • Australia produced a stunning comeback to beat England in the series opener
  • Darcy Swain was sent off when he headbutted Jonny Hill who received a yellow
  • England appeared to take control in the second-half as Ellis Genge went over 
  • But Australia fought back incredibly with three tries putting them out of reach

England collapsed to a fourth successive defeat as their magic touch against Australia finally deserted them in a 30-28 loss in the series opener at Optus Stadium.

The Wallabies had second row Darcy Swain sent off for a headbutt in the 34th minute but Eddie Jones’ tourists were still unable to secure a ninth successive victory in the fixture.

It is the second match in a row that they have been unable to finish off 14-man opposition after being routed by the Barbarians at Twickenham in their most recent outing.

Sportsmail’s ADAM HATHAWAY delivers the ratings both sides on a night to forget for Eddie Jones’s men…

England collapsed to a a 30-28 defeat as Australian pulled off a stunning comeback 

Game ended after 21 minutes when he fell awkwardly challenging in air and injured his arm. 

14 Andrew Kelleway – 6

Switched to full-back when Banks went off and looked threatening running from the backfield.

13 Len Ikitau – 6

Not as prominent as his centre partner but linked well when Wallabies were on front foot.

12 Samu Kerevi – 9 

Couple of monstrous runs from the big man put England on the back foot and threatening all night.

The Wallabies produced a comeback thanks to Samu Kerevi’s (centre) monstrous runs

11 Marika Koroibete – 7

Try saving tackle on Joe Marchant in first half and brought more physicality to Aussie attack.

10 Noah Lolesio – 8

Last minute replacement when Quade Cooper pulled out but nerveless kicking despite late call.

9 Nic White – 6

Exeter old boy was on point with kicking game and pulled England around the park.

1 Angus Bell – 6

First half charge could have led to opening Wallaby try but mixed bag against Stuart at scrum.

2 Dave Porecki – 6

Former Saracens and London Irish man missed a couple of throw ins but battled on first cap.

3 Allan Alaalatoa – 5

Struggled early on and was another early Wallaby casualty as he limped off on 25 mins.

4 Darcy Swain – 2

Deserved red card after 34 minutes for stupid head butt on Jonny Hill after running battle.

Darcy Swain (right) had a deserved red card for a stupid headbutt on England’s Jonny Hill

5 Cadeyrn Neville – 5

Oldest Australian debutant this century at 33 and was part of some confusion in early Wallaby line outs.

6 Rob Leota – 6

Did his fair share with ball in hand and defending before being replaced on 53 minutes.

7 Michael Hooper (capt) – 8

119th cap for the Wallaby skipper but he is getting better and is one of the best on floor, deserved this.

8 Rob Valetini – 6

Brumbies back row got good go forward as the Aussie forwards stood up to English beef.

Replacements: F.Fainga’a (for Porecki 68) 6, S.Sio (for Bell 53) 6, J.Slipper (For Alaalatoa 26) 6, M.Philip (for Leota 53)5, P.Samu (for Valetini 68) 5, J.Gordon (for White 75) 5, J.O’Connor (for Koroibete 79) 5, J.Petaia (for Banks 22) 7

Folau Fainga’a (centre) celebrates scoring a try to give the Wallabies a nine-point lead


15 Freddie Steward – 7

Looks more assured than ever under the high ball and took everything Australia aimed at him.

14 Jack Nowell – 6

After a nightmare season with injuries Nowell was busy but out jumped by Koroibete.

13 Joe Marchant – 6

Could have scored in first half but for miracle cover tackle and limited impact after break.

Joe Marcant could have scored for Eddie Jones’s side but had limited impact after the break

12 Owen Farrell – 6

Back in the ranks but linked well with Smith and offered himself as first receiver. Missed two shots.

11 Joe Cokanasiga – 5

Not as involved as boss Eddie Jones would have liked and needs to hunt ball more.

10 Marcus Smith – 7

Very lively display from the 10 who had two old heads around him and played better than both.

9 Danny Care – 6

Back after three-and-a-half years out and went the distance, showed couple of flashes with ball.

Joe Cokanasiga (centre) was not as involved as boss Eddie Jones would have liked

Marcus Smith put in a lovely performance for England who played better than some veterans

1 Ellis Genge – 7

Turning into a real force for England and added a try onto his usual nuts and bolts.

2 Jamie George – 6

Nailed his throw ins, carried and got about park before being replaced with 14 minutes left.

3 Will Stuart – 5

Started strongly in the scrum but England’s effort up front faded and so did Stuart.

4 Maro Itoje – 6

Made a nuisance of himself at the maul and secured ball in line out without dominating.

5 Jonny Hill – 5

Rose to Swain’s bait and was yellow-carded but carried hard in first Test since autumn.

Jonny Hill rose to Swain’s bait after being headbutted and was yellow-carded for it

6 Courtney Lawes (capt) – 6

Now the official leader and made his hits but massive job to turn tour around.

7 Tom Curry – 6

Big charge and pass should have resulted in Marchant score but took head knock and off at half-time.

8 Billy Vunipola – 6

First international for 15 months and carded for a high shot on Hooper. Marred decent return.

Replacements: L.Cowan-Dickie (for George 66) 5, M.Vunipola (for Genge 57) 5, J.Heyes (for Stuart 79) 5, O.Chessum (for Hill 69) 5, L.Ludlam (for Curry HT) 8, J.Van Poortvliet (for Care 79) 6, G.Porter (N/U), H.Arundell (for Cokanasiga 72) 7

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