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24th Nov 2018

Wallabies denied penalty try as Owen Farrell survives latest tackle controversy in thumping England win

Jack O'Toole

Australia were denied a penalty try on Saturday when England co-captain Owen Farrell stopped Wallabies second-row Izack Rodda just metres before the line with a no-arms tackle

For the second time this month, Farrell is embroiled in yet another tackle controversy following his last-ditch attempt on South African back André’ Esterhuizen towards the end of England’s 12-11 win over the Springboks at Twickenham.

England shot out to an early lead against Australia thanks to a try from winger Jonny May before Israel Folau hit back for the Wallabies with a brilliant individual try just minutes before half-time.

Rodda only had Farrell and the line to beat just before half-time but referee Jaco Peyper was happy to award just a penalty despite Wallabies captain Michael Hooper’s objections.

Hooper: It doesn’t matter if it’s cynical or not, he’s just after shoulder charging our player, which is dangerous.

Peyper: I thought your ball carrier also dropped the shoulder.

Hooper: Well he’s allowed to mate

Stuart Barnes, Will Greenwood, Michael Lynagh and Clive Woodward all said on Sky Sports coverage that Australia should have been awarded a penalty try and it’s very hard to disagree with them.

Regardless, England were dominant in the second half and extended their lead through tries from the jet-heeled fullback Elliot Daly and the Bath winger Joe Cokanasiga.

A late try and conversion from the man sure to be in the headlines once again, Owen Farrell, threatened an embarrassing scoreline before the Wallabies ran over in the last action of the match, Israel Folau scoring the consolation.

A resounding 37-18 win for England at Twickenham.