Australia Too Good As England Bows Out
Australia's Kangaroos prevailed 36-18 against an impressive England side at the Olympic Stadium in London to set up a Four Nations final clash against New Zealand.
The home side led until five minutes from half-time, but three unanswered tries to Australia in the second half decided the contest.
England survived a couple of early scares, with Greg Inglis dragged down just short of the tryline by three defenders before England centre Mark Percival did superbly to defuse a dangerous Cooper Cronk bomb, and the hosts opened the scoring through a Gareth Widdop penalty goal in the 12th minute.
A penalty against England's Kallum Watkins for taking out the legs of Cronk allowed Australia to equalise with a goal of their own five minutes later.
The home side regained the lead with the first try of the game, with fullback Jonny Lomax firing a cut-out ball to Jermaine McGillvary who scored in the corner after an impressive set on the Kangaroos' try-line.
Australia responded in almost identical fashion, with Darius Boyd popping a perfect long pass for Blake Ferguson to dive over in the right corner.
Johnathan Thurston's sideline conversion put the Kangaroos in front and another penalty goal on the stroke of half-time gave Australia a 10-6 advantage heading into the break.