5 England vs Australia talking points as discipline costs Wallabies

It may not have produced the glitz and glamour Eddie Jones was hoping to see against a familiar foe, but England nonetheless kept their autumn train chugging along with a 32-15 win over Australia on Saturday.

Freddie Steward and Jamie Blamire scored at either end of proceedings to give the Red Rose their second win in as many November Tests, while Owen Farrell and Marcus Smith impressed as an England duo for the first time.

The win was particularly significant for captain Farrell, who kicked 17 points in his 100th England appearance but later hobbled off to cast doubt over his involvement against South Africa next Saturday.

Australia will kick themselves after racking up no fewer than 18 penalties at Twickenham, twice the total of their hosts and an undeniable factor behind their defeat.

England will have prettier wins in their future, but Mirror Sport breaks down the good, the bad and the ugly from the latest instalment in the Red Rose's autumn programme. . .

Eddie's mind games alive and well

For days in the lead-up to Saturday's game, we were led to believe it was Australia whom Jones was attempting to confuse ahead of their clash, when in fact we were all unwitting victims of the ruse.

Manu Tuilagi was never truly the winger we thought he would be, while him, Henry Slade and Freddie Steward rotated cover in different areas to consistently bamboozle Australia's attack.

It worked to great effect considering the Wallabies had only 38 per cent territory and were restricted to scoring from the tee in what will go down as a tactical triumph for the England chief.

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Australian discipline the difference

It's a point that hardly needs repeating given the sheer volume of Australian penalties conceded, but the game could have easily gone to the guests were it not for the 18 referee calls that went against them.

That's roughly a try conceded every four-and-a-half minutes, but when one considers the ball is in play for roughly only half the game on average, that ratio becomes all the more disappointing.

Silly mistakes like Nic White's not-so-casual wander into the kick chase of Max Malins are easily curable errors, but ones that reek of a lack of confidence in one's team to clear up any emerging messes.

Angus Bell was also sin-binned for an offence he didn't need to commit, while Tom Wright's yellow card came for using his shoulder in a tackle that also might have been avoided.

Despite Steward's early score, Saturday's Test quickly devolved into a game of penalty ping pong, and Australia can have no-one else to blame for coming out on the losing side.

Jamie 'The Mailman' Blamire

Because he always delivers.

There's something about playing for England that just seems to bring out the best in Blamire—at least from a scoring perspective—as he increased his record to six tries in four Test outings.

One might not have guessed Saturday's 40-minute outing would go quite so well for the Newcastle Falcon, particularly if Blamire's first wayward throw at the line-out was anything to go by.

He overcame the nerves in style, however, and if Jamie George is sidelined for next week's clash against South Africa, Blamire should get the chance to start and extend his 100 per cent scoring record in England colours.

Sam Simmonds has an England future

No, you weren't imagining it; that wasSam Simmonds in an England jersey.

And if the appearance alone wasn't enough to recognise him during a paltry five minutes off the bench, his pick-up and glide to set up Blamire's last-gasp try will ring some bells:

It marked a fitting end to Simmonds' first England appearance since March 2018, having been infamously overlooked by his coach despite consistently class form in recent years.

One can only hope Jones will take that instant impact into account as a sign the Exeter Chiefs talisman deserves even more involvement against South Africa next Saturday.

England ended up with three number eights on the field in Simmonds, Tom Curry and Alex Dombrandt, but while the competition may be high, the former continues to prove he deserves his place.

Wallabies set for Hooper hurt

Just as Siya Kolisi revels in leading by example for the Springboks, Michael Hooper continues to stand out among the crowd whenever he pulls on the green and gold of his country.

It says a lot about Hooper's often-Herculean contributions that he can miss three tackles, concede one turnover and still be counted as easily the most valuable weapon in Dave Rennie's locker.

Australia wouldn't have incurred half the amount of penalties they did on Saturday were everyone in the team as proficient at the breakdown as their skipper—but then that would be cheating by any team's standards.

It's incredibly rare for an Australia squad to be named without Hooper these days, but the openside flanker looks likely to be sorely missed when his side face Wales in Cardiff next weekend.

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