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    Autumn international: Scotland 44-38 Samoa
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    By Tom English

    BBC Scotland at BT Murrayfield



    Highlights: Scotland beat Samoa in 11-try epic
    Autumn internationals
    Scotland (25) 44
    Tries:
    Hogg, H Jones, McInally 2, Dunbar, Horne Cons: Russell 3, Horne Pens: Russell 2
    Samoa (10) 38
    Tries:
    Tyrell, Fa'asalele, Nanai-Williams, Fonotia, Treviranus Cons: Nanai-Williams 5 Pen: Nanai-Williams
    Scotland withstood a second-half Samoa fightback to begin their trio of autumn internationals with a Murrayfield win.

    Tries from Stuart Hogg and Huw Jones plus a brace by man-of-the-match Stuart McInally put the Scots in control.

    Alex Dunbar and Peter Horne also crossed for the home side in the second-half but Samoa scored four tries following Josh Tyrell's earlier effort.


    Ofisa Treviranus' opportunistic try set up a nervy final two minutes, but Gregor Townsend's men held on.

    Samoan rugby, declared bankrupt earlier this week, is facing enough adversity without the bounce of the ball being especially cruel to them - but that was the way of it inside two minutes when a Finn Russell grubber and a Tommy Seymour fly-hack sent the ball into the visitors' 22.

    A kindly bounce would have led to Ahsee Tuala gathering and kick clear but instead the fortune was with Scotland and Hogg took advantage to run in a simple score.

    Russell's conversion made it 7-0, but the quality of their game descended from there as Scotland kicked often, and badly.

    Their error count mounted as Samoa ground their way back into it by carrying hard into Scotland's guts and getting some joy from their physicality.


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    Hogg scores Scotland's opener inside two minutes
    Tim Nanai-Williams landed a penalty then quickly cancelled out two more from Russell and just short of the half-hour mark Samoa scored a try they totally deserved.

    Tapping a close-range penalty, lock Tyrell blasted through a ruck of bodies and Nanai-Williams made it 13-10 with the boot.

    Scotland's tempo was flat, the near capacity crowd going quiet while things trundled along.

    The loss of WP Nel with an arm injury didn't help matters, adding to the plague that has afflicted Townsend's front-row forwards this season.

    With the estimable Nel the latest to suffer and with the All Blacks and Australia to come, Townsend will be praying for good news from the casualty ward this week.

    In the last five minutes of the first half, Scotland gave some lustre to the scoreline as Jones went through Paul Perez for the first of two tries in quick succession and then McInally got on the end of a driven line-out for the second.

    Four minutes after getting one try from a maul, the hooker got a second. Same control, same power, same outcome.

    Russell's conversions stretched the gap to 22 points, but Scotland fell into a torpor thereafter. Samoa were terrific - their spirit never broken, their threat constant - but Scotland's horrendous mistakes made it so much easier for them.

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    New Glasgow signing Huw Jones burst clear for Scotland's second try
    From the restart following McInally's second score, Scotland made a desperate hash of things to put Samoa on the front foot and from there Piula Faasalele smashed his way over.

    Townsend brought on three new caps - George Turner, Jamie Bhatti and Chris Harris - but they were barely on the field when Samoa struck again.

    Once more, Scotland's line defence wasn't good enough, Nanai-Williams sliding through a gap to score and then convert. All of a sudden, it was an eight-point game.

    Centre Dunbar widened the gap by crashing over in what had become a crazy try-filled contest, but Scotland conceded again just after.

    A botched restart did the damage for a second time, and this time it was Kieron Fonotia who ran it in, with Scotland's defence painful to watch.

    Replacement Horne, from a clever inside ball from Cornell du Preez, gave the Scots a bit of breathing space, but yet again, Samoa quickly snatched it from them.

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    Samoa ran in five tries, four of them coming in an impressive second-half display
    More massive gaps in the Scotland defence, more feeble protection of their try-line and another try for Samoa saw Treviranus gallop away to touch down at the posts.

    The conversion made it a six-point game again but that's how it stayed and despite being defeated, huge plaudits go to Samoa for their enormous pride in what has been a difficult week.

    Scotland? There will have to be a massive improvement in their performance - especially in defence - if the All Blacks are to even notice their existence at Murrayfield on Saturday.

    Scotland: Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Huw Jones, Alex Dunbar, Lee Jones, Finn Russell, Ali Price; Darryl Marfo; Stuart McInally, Willem Nel, Ben Toolis, Jonny Gray, John Barclay (captain), Hamish Watson, Ryan Wilson.

    Replacements: George Turner, Jamie Bhatti, Zander Fagerson, Tim Swinson, Cornell du Preez, Henry Pyrgos, Pete Horne, Chris Harris.

    Samoa: Ah See Tuala, Paul Perez, Kieron Fonotia, Rey Lee-Lo, David Lemi, Tim Nanai-Williams, Pele Cowley; Jordan Lay, Manu Leiataua, Donald Brighouse, Josh Tyrell, Chris Vui, Piula Fa'asalele, TJ Ioane, Jack Lam.

    Replacements: Motu Matu'u, James Lay, Hisa Sasagi, Fa'atiga Lemalu, Ofisa Treviranus, Melani Matavao, AJ Alatimu, Alapati Leiua.

    Referee: Nic Berry (Aus)

    Assistant referees: Paul Williams (NZL) & George Clancy (Ire)

    TMO: Simon McDowell (Ire)

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    Autumn international: England 21-8 Argentina




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    Eddie Jones believes that England had to grind out the win against Argentina
    Autumn internationals
    England (14) 21
    Tries:
    Hughes, Rokoduguni Cons: Ford Pens: Ford 3
    Argentina (3) 8
    Tries:
    Sanchez Pens: Boffelli
    A rusty England battled to a third win over Argentina in six months as they began their autumn campaign in disjointed fashion.

    Nathan Hughes' first-half try had given them a foundation that they struggled to build on, Semesa Rokoduguni's third international try with 14 minutes left finally easing home nerves.

    But head coach Eddie Jones looked far from content, and if Argentina had not missed four kickable penalties and a conversion his mood may have been more fraught yet.


    Not since 2006 have Argentina beaten England, and with their only win all year coming at home against Georgia they arrived at Twickenham as clear underdogs.

    Nicolas Sanchez's late try gave them a little consolation while England will need to improve considerably before they meet Australia here in a week's time.

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    Nathan Hughes finished off one of England's few clinical attacks
    England's entertainers struggle for impact
    England came into this match promising to show more attacking flair, although they were already averaging 31 points per game in their seven Tests in 2017.

    It took time to come and 23 minutes had gone before George Ford's long mis-pass found Hughes galloping down the right wing, the number eight taking the ball one-handed before thundering through the covering tackle and into the corner.

    Argentina were down to 14 men at the time after Joaquin Tucalet was harshly sin-binned for his challenge on England full-back Mike Brown as the pair jumped for an aerial ball.

    And the Pumas could further bemoan the two kickable penalties missed by their returning fly-half Juan Martin Hernandez.

    Ford's three first-half penalties gave his side a little breathing space at 14-3 but the centre pairing of Henry Slade and Jonathan Joseph were struggling to make an impact in a fractured attacking display.

    Jones grateful for Fijian-born power
    It was Argentina who dominated the territory and possession early in the second half, and when England did have the ball their imprecision cost them again.

    Slade threw a pass in front of Hughes with the Wasps man in space on the left, Anthony Watson put another pass behind Brown's replacement Rokoduguni and Dylan Hartley lost control of the ball as an England rolling maul stalled metres from the opposition tryline.

    Both Hernandez and Emiliano Boffelli missed further eminently makeable penalties, and only when Jones threw on his replacements in the final quarter did England begin to ease through the gears rather than grind.

    Centre Alex Lozowski made a scything outside break from inside his own half to the Argentina five-metre line, and after the ball had gone left Slade spotted Rokoduguni all alone on the right wing, the Bath man diving over to give England a decisive lead.

    In a week where much of the talk has been of the bankruptcy of the Samoan Rugby Union and the wider state of the game in the Pacific islands, it meant that both England's scores had come from men born in Fiji.

    Argentina deserved Sanchez's late try, which came after a sustained period of forward pressure.

    England: Brown; Watson, Joseph, Slade, Daly; Ford, Youngs; Vunipola, Hartley, Cole, Lawes, Kruis, Robshaw, Underhill, Hughes.

    Replacements: George, Genge, Williams, Launchbury, Simmonds, Care, Lozowski, Rokoduguni.

    Argentina: Tuculet; Moyano, Moroni, Gonzalez Iglesias, Boffelli; Hernandez, Landajo, Garcia Botta, Creevy, Tetaz Chaparro, Alemanno, Lavanini, Matera, Kremer, Lezana.

    Replacements: Montoya, Noguera, Pieretto, Macome, Senatore, Bertranou, Sanchez, Cancelliere.

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    Autumn international: Wales 21-29 Australia




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    Australia captain Michael Hooper on his way to scoring the Wallabies' third try before being yellow carded
    Autumn internationals
    Wales (13) 21
    Tries:
    S Evans, Amos Cons: Halfpenny Pens: Halfpenny (3)
    Australia (22) 29
    Tries:
    Polota-Nau, Coleman, Hooper, Beale Cons: Foley (3) Pens: Hodge
    Wales' misery against Australia continued as the Wallabies claimed a 13th consecutive win over Warren Gatland's team at the Principality Stadium.

    The experiment of a more attacking game was undone by a high error count as Australia scored four tries to two.

    Tatafu Polota-Nau, Adam Coleman, Michael Hooper and Kurtley Beale claimed touchdowns for the Wallabies.


    Wales managed two from Steff Evans and Hallam Amos.

    The home side were in touch until the hour mark, but were undone by Beale's breakaway try.

    Having promised a new approach in attack, Wales lacked the accuracy and clinical skills of Australia, who took full advantage of the attacking opportunities they created.

    Three times Wales turned over possession from restarts in the opening 40 minutes and on every occasion the Wallabies came away with points.

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    Steff Evans on the way to scoring Wales' first try
    Australia in control
    The visitors were well-marshalled by half-backs Will Genia and Bernard Foley, with the fly-half converting three of their tries.

    Injuries to Scarlets wing Evans and centre Davies - in the final move of the match - added to Wales' woe.

    After conceding a sucker try on the stroke of half-time to trail 22-13 at half-time, Wales dominated the early period of the second half but could not break through a wall of green and gold.

    Then Beale ripped the ball from Evans as Wales attacked and ran clear to score between the posts.

    A yellow card for Hooper gave Wales a late window of opportunity and eventually replacement wing Amos crossed wide on the left with the clock about to run out.

    From the restart, Davies went down in a tackle and appeared to be in a lot of pain as Glen Jackson blew the final whistle.

    Southern hoodoo continues
    Their shocking record against the Wallabies is part of Wales' difficulties against the "big three" from the southern hemisphere.

    Since Gatland took over as head coach in 2008 they have now played 36 games against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and have won only three.

    With the All Blacks and the Springboks still to come this autumnm Wales will not have to wait long for another crack at improving that success rate.

    Georgia are Wales' opponents next Saturday, fresh from their 54-22 win over Canada, while Australia are heading for Twickenham to face the European champions.

    Man of the Match
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    Will Genia returned to the Wallabies' starting line-up after missing the win over Japan and his experience and class was evident in a superb display alongside his equally-assured half-back partner Bernard Foley.
    Wales: Halfpenny; Williams, J Davies, O Williams, S Evans; Biggar, G Davies; R Evans, Owens, Francis, Ball, A Wyn Jones (c), Shingler, Navidi, Faletau.

    Replacements: Dacey, N Smith, Brown, Hill, Cross, A Davies, Watkin, Amos.

    Australia: Beale; Koroibete, Kuridrani, Kerevi, Hodge; Foley, Genia; Sio, Polota-Nau, Kepu, Simmons, Coleman, Hanigan, Hooper (c), McMahon.

    Replacements: Moore, Robertson, Alaalatoa, Philip, McCalman, Phipps, Hunt, Speight.

    Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)

    Touch judges: Jaco Peyper (South Africa) & Ian Tempest (England)

    TMO: Graham Hughes (England).

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    Autumn international: Ireland 38-3 South Africa




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    Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray congratulates first-half try-scorer Andrew Conway
    Autumn internationals
    Ireland (14) 38
    Tries:
    Conway, Ruddock, Herring, Stockdale Cons: Sexton, Carbery 2 Pens: Sexton 4
    South Africa (0) 3
    Pen:
    Jantjies
    Ireland produced an impressive display to run in four tries in a convincing 38-3 win over South Africa in the first of their three autumn internationals.

    Ireland secured their largest ever winning margin over the Springboks and also their highest points total.

    Andrew Conway crossed to help the Irish to a 14-0 half-time lead, with Rhys Ruddock, Rob Herring and Jacob Stockdale scoring late in the game.


    Ireland have now won six of the last 10 meetings between the sides.

    The victory is also the fifth for the Irish in their last seven contests with the Springboks in Dublin but just their seventh in 26 encounters.

    Joe Schmidt's side lie fourth in the IRB rankings, one place above their opponents, but the gulf between the sides looks much greater on the basis of this match as the final scoreline represented an accurate reflection of the home side's dominance.

    Ireland will be confident of beating Fiji and Argentina in their next two fixtures, while South Africa must regroup for games against France, Italy and Wales.

    More to follow.

    Ireland: Rob Kearney; Andrew Conway, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale; Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best (capt), Tadhg Furlong; Iain Henderson, Devin Toner; Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien, CJ Stander

    Replacements: Rob Herring, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, James Ryan, Rhys Ruddock, Kieran Marmion, Joey Carbery, Darren Sweetnam.

    South Africa: Andries Coetzee; Dillyn Leyds, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Courtnall Skosan; Elton Jantjies, Ross Cronje; Tendai Mtawarira, Malcolm Marx, Coenie Oosthuizen; Eben Etzebeth (capt), Lood de Jager; Siya Kolisi, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Francois Louw

    Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Steven Kitshoff, Wilco Louw, Franco Mostert, Uzair Cassiem, Rudy Paige, Handre Pollard, Francois Venter.

    Referee: Ben O'Keefe (New Zealand)

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    Autumn international: Wales 13-6 Georgia
    By Richard Williams

    BBC Sport Wales at the Principality Stadium

    In similar scenes to the 2017 Six Nations game against France in Paris, there was controversy in stoppage time with Wales unable to replace prop Francis after he saw yellow for conceding a penalty in the shadow of the home side's posts.




    Wales forced it against Georgia - Lydiate
    With no Wales front rowers deemed fit enough to return to the field, referee Mathieu Raynal ruled uncontested scrums and Georgia - who would have preferred to opt for a scrum with a view to a pushover try - went for touch.

    In the confusion, Georgia brought their starting tight-head Levan Chilachava back on to the field, and Wales held out to claim an unconvincing victory.

    Georgia with point to prove
    With 14 changes, Welsh players were hoping to make an impression before next week's visit of New Zealand and further ahead to the World Cup in 2019.

    Georgia, already ranked above Italy in the world, were looking to further their claims for inclusion in the Six Nations.

    Playing against Wales for the first time, the visitors did indeed make a good impression against Gatland's men, who they had hanging on for victory at the end.

    Promising start
    Wales were determined to move Georgia's lauded pack around the field and this early rapid tempo almost brought immediate success.

    Alex Cuthbert went over the line but the wing was stopped from grounding the ball by scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze's outstanding cover tackle.

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    Wales wing Alex Cuthbert was denied a try by Vasil Lobzhanidze's last-ditch tackle
    It summed up a first-half performance that saw Georgia keep Wales at bay despite probing out wide from Gatland's side, who turned down a number of kicks at goal.

    Referee Raynal and television match official Leo Colgan were heavily involved; first Priestland was called back for a questionable knock-on by Kristian Dacey, then Amos was denied a thrilling touchdown when the ball was judged to have gone forward from Nicky Smith's rip.

    The one occasion Wales were able to breach the defence without incurring the wrath of the officials saw Amos finish off a fine move in the left-hand corner, after Priestland had floated a pass over the top of the covering Georgians.

    Those interjections punctuated a half that saw Wales fail to turn promising positions into points, and when they knocked on from an attacking maul on half-time, Georgia were the happier side.

    Wales pushed all the way
    After the break Georgia sharpened their defence and stopped Wales' wide game, while their scrummage became the weapon many feared it would be.

    A string of penalties helped them push Wales back, but they carried little threat behind the scrum and the scoring was limited to Matiashvili and Priestland exchanging penalties.

    Wales almost paid for their own positivity, with a kick to make it 16-6 turned down with a dozen minutes left - with the brave decision being proved incorrect when they lost the lineout.

    From that position, Georgia mounted a final attack that came close to earning a draw which would have left Gatland's experiment backfiring.

    Man of the Match
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    Back-row Dan Lydiate (right) was outstanding in defence for Wales, with a series of trademark tackles on his return after a long injury absence
    Wales head coach Warren Gatland said: "We were as confused as anyone at the end.

    "Leon [Dragons prop Brown] had cramped up, his calves were no good. When we took him off it was tactical but we knew he was cramping.

    "I can promise you there was nothing from our point of view to manipulate the laws. If Leon had been fit he would have gone back on."

    Georgia head coach Milton Haig said: "We would have got over from that scrum, absolutely. And from what happened I think they (Wales) were pretty confident about that and that's why they went for uncontested scrums. We would have backed ourselves there.

    "There's perhaps a need to look at how those situations are officiated. We would have liked that scrum at the end of the game, that's for sure."

    Haig said that they did not intend to seek action over Wales' claim that they could not field a prop at the end.

    Teams
    Wales: 15-Liam Williams; 14-Alex Cuthbert, 13-Scott Williams, 12-Owen Watkin, 11-Hallam Amos; 10-Rhys Priestland, 9-Rhys Webb; 1-Nicky Smith, 2-Kristian Dacey, 3-Leon Brown, 4-Adam Beard, 5-Cory Hill, 6-Dan Lydiate (c), 7-Sam Cross, 8-Seb Davies

    Replacements: 16-Elliot Dee, 17-Wyn Jones, 18-Tomas Francis, 19-Josh Navidi, 20-Taulupe Faletau, 21-Aled Davies, 22-Dan Biggar, 23-Owen Williams

    Georgia: 15-Soso Matiashvili; 14-Giorgi Koshadze, 13-Davit Kacharava, 12-Merab Sharikadze (c), 11-Miriani Modebadze; 10-Lasha Khmaladze, 9-Vasil Lobzhanidze; 1-Mikheil Nariashvili, 2-Jaba Bregvadze, 3-Levan Chilachava, 4-Kote Mikautadze, 5-Giorgi Nemsadze, 6-Lasha Lomidze, 7-Vito Kolelsihvili, 8-Beka Bitsadze

    Replacements: 16-Shalva Mamukashvili, 17-Kakha Asieshvili, 18-Soso Bekoshvili, 19-Giorgi Chkhaidze, 20-Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, 21-Giorgi Begadze, 22-Rezi Jinchvelashvili, 23-Merab Kvirikashvili

    Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)

    Touch judges: Shuhei Kubo (Japan) & Sean Gallagher (Ireland)

    TMO: Leo Colgan (Ireland)

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    Autumn international: England 30-6 Australia
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    By Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at Twickenham

    Yellows but not mellow in frenetic first half
    After the underwhelming win over Argentina a week ago, England began with much more pace and ambition despite the freezing, sodden conditions.

    Farrell's early penalty lifted the home crowd and Foley's horrible mis-kick from the tee as he attempted to level the scores brought further cheer.

    Wet hands and cold fingers cost both sides promising attacking opportunities, England kicking behind the Australia defence to good effect as they sought to establish some control.

    With Maro Itoje making an instant impact after replacing the injured Sam Underhill, stealing an attacking Wallabies line-out deep in the England 22, Farrell spurned a second kickable penalty to go for the corner.

    Multiple infringements from the subsequent driving maul saw Hooper sin-binned and Farrell make it 6-0, and when Beale was penalised for a deliberate knock-on as May looked to put Joseph away, the visitors ended the half down to 13 men, burgling another England line-out inside their 22 to stay within touching distance.

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    Danny Care's score was a final twist of the knife after what had been a hard-fought encounter for the first 70 minutes
    Controversial TMO decision costs Wallabies
    England could not initially capitalise. By the time Beale was back on, Reece Hodge had landed a penalty from 47 metres to make it 6-3, Itoje ignoring May free on his outside when England did make inroads at pace.

    The game appeared to have turned on a breathless period of play in the 57th minute. First Samu Kerevi gathered the ball under immense pressure from May, stepped and accelerated through a scattered English defence before finding Tevita Kuridrani with the offload and the line beckoning, only for his centre partner to drop the ball.

    George Ford then gathered the loose ball before Ben Youngs kicked clear, and with the Wallaby rearguard out of position, Daly just beat Beale to the loose ball and kicked ahead into the unguarded 22 before toe-poking it again and falling on the ball over the line.

    Farrell's dead-eyed conversion made it 13-3 after the TMO finally decided the ball had not touched the sideline before Daly's intervention, only for Foley to cut the deficit to a converted try with 17 minutes left on the clock.

    Australia were dominating possession, and when Koroibete smashed through, he found Foley in support and took the return pass before rolling through Chris Robshaw's desperate tackle and touching the ball down, they looked set to bring it level.

    But after an age the television match official ruled that replacement hooker Moore had obstructed the England blind-side as he made his tackle, and gold-shirted celebrations turned to dismay.

    Care's cute kick over the top into space was gathered by Joseph to slide over for his 17th international try, and the door had slammed shut.

    Cheika's anger turned to disbelief and then laughter at the number of tight decisions that had gone against his side.

    And he was left shaking his head as a grubber from Care was seized by May, the winger jinking and twisting over the line, before a repeat of the same combination down the left ended with Care diving into the corner for the coup de grace.

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    Australia thought they had scored through Marika Koroibete
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    But as referee Ben O'Keeffe explained to disgruntled Australia captain Michael Hooper, there was an obstruction just before Koroibete went over
    'We got a few lucky bounces'
    England head coach Eddie Jones: "Sometimes the calls go your way. It was a tough old game - we got a few lucky bounces, Australia probably didn't.

    "We just stuck at it today. Our finishers did very well and they [Australia] fell apart at the end."

    What did the World Cup-winner make of it?
    Former England scrum-half Matt Dawson: "It took me back to being a player. I would have been really quite hacked off the way people have been doubting England this week and questioning the style of play in the win against Argentina.

    "The world class players are not always going to play great every week but they win ugly and they bounce back and they beat the best sides. They hammered Australia today.

    "There will be a little bit of the players looking around, to the media, to the questioners, to say 'is that good enough for you? Did you expect 30-6? Anyone got any questions about that?' And I hope they do, because they've got to have that edge. There were no crazy celebrations, it was 'yes, job done'."

    What was the fans' view?
    Kenny Kong: Do we care the Auzzies "don't deserve" to lose by 24? Not. A. Jot.

    Jonnie Horden: Safe to say England have had the bounce of the ball in this match. Tough to see the breaks go against Australia :)

    Nick Huges: I love England winning as much as the next guy, but it would be fair to say we've had a bit of luck today

    Team news & line-ups
    England: 15-Anthony Watson; 14-Jonny May, 13-Jonathan Joseph, 12-Owen Farrell, 11-Elliot Daly; 10-George Ford, 9-Ben Youngs; 1-Mako Vunipola, 2-Dylan Hartley, 3-Dan Cole, 4-Joe Launchbury, 5-Courtney Lawes, 6-Chris Robshaw, 7-Sam Underhill, 8-Nathan Hughes

    Replacements: 16-Jamie George, 17-Joe Marler, 18-Harry Williams, 19-Maro Itoje, 20-Sam Simmonds, 21-Danny Care, 22-Henry Slade, 23-Semesa Rokoduguni

    Australia: 15-Kurtley Beale; 14-Marika Koroibete, 13-Tevita Kuridrani, 12-Samu Kerevi, 11-Reece Hodge; 10-Bernard Foley, 9-Will Genia; 1-Scott Sio, 2-Tatafu Polota-Nau, 3-Sekope Kepu, 4-Rob Simmons, 5-Blake Enever, 6-Ned Hanigan, 7-Michael Hooper, 8-Sean McMahon

    Replacements: 16-Stephen Moore, 17-Tom Robertson, 18-Allan Alaalatoa, 19-Matt Philip, 20-Ben McCalman, 21-Lopeti Timani, 22-Nick Phipps, 23-Karmichael Hunt

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    Autumn international: Ireland 23-20 Fiji
    By Orla Bannon

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    Munster wing Darren Sweetnam scored Ireland's opening try against Fiji
    Autumn internationals
    Ireland (17) 23
    Tries:
    Sweetnam, D Kearney, Conan Cons: Carbery Pen: Keatley 2
    Fiji (10) 20
    Tries:
    Senioli, T Nagusa Con: Volavola 2 Pens: Volavola 2
    Ireland laboured to an unconvincing sixth win in a row as they hung on to beat Fiji in an autumn Test in Dublin.

    Tries by Darren Sweetnam, Dave Kearney and Jack Conan put Ireland 17-3 up after 35 minutes, but five minutes into the second half Fiji had drawn level.

    Henry Senioli and Timoci Nagusa scored either side of the break with Ireland held scoreless for 32 minutes.


    Ian Keatley came off the bench in an error-ridden game and nailed two late penalties to rescue Joe Schmidt's side.

    Ireland were hugely impressive last weekend as they clocked up a record 38-3 win over South Africa to kick off their autumn international series in style.

    But head coach Schmidt made 13 changes for this game, giving a host of fringe players the chance to impress - but both individually and collectively, they failed to take the opportunity.

    The intensity levels witnessed last week never materialised as Ireland, ranked fourth in the world, struggled to see off the enterprising visitors.

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    Ireland try-scorer Jack Conan (left) celebrates with Stuart McCloskey
    How did the young guns fare?
    Ireland started with eight players with five caps or less - and it showed.

    The lack of cohesiveness and unfamiliarity resulted in long periods of scrappy play from both sides, with the sell-out crowd at the Aviva Stadium relieving the boredom with a few rounds of Mexican waves.

    Sweetnam caught the eye early on and dotted down in the corner after seven minutes of his first international start following a superb break by Joey Carbery.

    Andrew Conway followed up his quality display on the wing against the Springboks with another good shift at fullback and his industry allowed Kearney to cross in the opposite corner.

    Conan's great pick-up off his boot laces and electric pace resulted in another try - his fourth for Ireland in just five appearances.

    Despite not playing well and getting sucked into the loose, unstructured game favoured by Fiji, Ireland were 17-3 ahead before the visitors had their best spell either side of the interval.

    Fiji enjoy first trip to Aviva
    All three of these nations' previous Test meetings were on Irish soil but it was a first game at the Aviva Stadium for the Pacific Islanders.

    Senioli scored a brilliant counter-attacking try after a thunderous run down the wing by Nemani Nadolo and Ben Volavola converted to reduce the deficit to 17-10 at the break.

    Kearney's sloppy pass was intercepted by Timoci Nagusa, who jogged in under the posts to set up a nervous second half for the home side.

    Fiji caused Ireland problems at the breakdown and the Irish lineout also malfunctioned as the inevitable replacements disrupted Ireland's play.

    Mixed bag for Carbery
    This was a performance that will have answered few questions for Schmidt regarding his support cast.

    It was a golden chance for Carbery, in his first start of the season at fly-half, to cement his place in the squad as Jonny Sexton's deputy but he suffered a suspected arm fracture in the second half.

    The 22-year-old made his debut at full-back in the famous win over New Zealand in Chicago 12 months ago but alongside Kieran Marmion, the new-look half-back pairing struggled to control proceedings.

    He made one stunning line break for the opening try and pulled off several sparkling off-loads, but his kicking game, both from the tee and from hand, needs to improve if his international future is to be at fly-half.

    Ireland complete their autumn international series against Argentina on 25 November, and the coach will be expected to waste little time in recalling all his first-choice players.

    What they said:
    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt: "I think Joey (Carbery) has fractured his left forearm.

    "We can't absolutely confirm it, but that looks to be the case."

    Fiji second-row Leone Nakarawa told Sky Sports: "It was a disappointing game for us, we did not play to our strengths or our system and that resulted in the disappointing loss.

    "Things don't end here. We are just building up this team for a better future and we will forget about this. But we knocked the ball on a lot and that is a lesson we need to learn moving forward."

    Teams
    Ireland XV: 15-Andrew Conway; 14-Darren Sweetnam, 13-Chris Farrell, 12-Stuart McCloskey, 11-Dave Kearney; 10-Joey Carbery, 9-Kieran Marmion; 1-Jack McGrath, 2-Rob Herring, 3-A Porter, 4-Ultan Dillane, 5-Devin Toner, 6-Rhys Ruddock (capt), 7-Jordi Murphy, 8-Jack Conan.

    Replacements: 16-James Tracy, 17-Cian Healy, 18-Tadhg Furlong, 19-Kieran Treadwell, 20-CJ Stander, 21-Luke McGrath, 22-Ian Keatley, 23-Rob Henshaw.

    Fiji XV: 15-Kini Murimurivalu; 14-Timoci Nagusa, 13-Jale Vatabua, 12-Levani Botia, 11-Nemani Nadolo; 10-Ben Volavola, 9-Henry Senioli; 1-Campese Ma'afu, 2-Tuapati Talemaitoga, 3-Manasa Saulo, 4-Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, 5-Leone Nakarawa, 6-Dominiko Waqaniburoto, 7-Akapusi Qera (capt), 8-Nemani Nagusa.

    Replacements: 16-Sunia Koto, 17-Peni Ravai, 18-Kalivati Tawake, 19-Sikeli Nabou, 20- Peceli Yato, 21-Niko Matawalu, 22-Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 23-Vereniki Goneva.

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    Autumn international: Scotland 17-22 New Zealand
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    By Tom English

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    Autumn internationals
    Scotland (3) 17
    Tries:
    Gray, H Jones Cons: Russell 2 Pen: Russell
    New Zealand (3) 22
    Tries:
    Taylor, McKenzie, Barrett Cons: Barrett 2 Pen: Barrett
    Scotland are still awaiting a first win over New Zealand after a dramatic 22-17 loss at Murrayfield.

    Tries from Codie Taylor and Damian McKenzie early in the second half put the world champions in command.

    Jonny Gray thundered over for Scotland, but Beauden Barrett scampered away to stretch the All Blacks' lead.


    Huw Jones raced clear for a converted try and in the last minute Stuart Hogg was denied by a superb cover tackle from Barrett when heading for the line.

    The outstanding Hogg was racing towards the left corner for a try that would have tied the scores with a conversion attempt to come, but Barrett caught the full-back, who lost the ball forward as he attempted an offload.

    The five-point defeat is the closest Scotland have come to beating New Zealand since the sides drew 25-25 at Murrayfield in 1983.

    This was always going to be a momentous occasion but the emotion was ratcheted up further when former Scotland lock Doddie Weir and his three sons brought out the match ball before kick-off, Murrayfield rising as one to greet the former Lion, who has motor neurone disease.

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    Ex-Scotland lock Doddie Weir, who has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease, presented the match ball with his sons
    It was a searing moment and it lent Murrayfield a power that Scotland fed off. There was a ferocity about Gregor Townsend's team, an accuracy in possession and a tempo that denied New Zealand the kind of easy ball they've been used to when they come here.

    The visitors conceded five penalties in the first 20 minutes and seven in the first 30. Scotland competed brilliantly at the breakdown, Hamish Watson and John Barclay frustrating the All Blacks and refusing to let them to settle into their murderous rhythm.

    Finn Russell put Scotland ahead with the boot and that lead stayed intact through two dangerous bouts of New Zealand pressure, the first ending not with the breakthrough try that looked as if it was imminent but with a Barrett forward pass to Ryan Crotty, and the second when Scotland survived a New Zealand scrum five metres from their line.

    By then, flanker Watson - who had been playing outstandingly - had become the first of the casualties and was replaced by Luke Hamilton on debut.

    Just before the half-hour, Waisake Naholo took Hogg out in the air but the officials decided it merited no more than a penalty.

    Just when it seemed Scotland might become for the first side to keep New Zealand scoreless in an opening half of a Test since England did it five years ago, Barrett levelled with a penalty. The injuries were now mounting for the hosts, Zander Fagerson joining Watson in the treatment room, and the replacement Hamilton following too.

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    Damian McKenzie dotted down after a sumptuous grubber kick from Sonny Bill Williams
    The All Blacks had the lead at that point, Rieko Ioane and Taylor starting and then finishing a move that made it 8-3. Two minutes later, a Sonny Bill Williams grubber put McKenzie in for New Zealand's second score, converted by Barrett. That stretched the lead to 15-3.

    George Turner, the hooker, had come on for Hamilton, with Stuart McInally reverting to his old position in the back row, as Townsend patched his team together in the hope of keeping the game alive. They were immense against the odds.

    Sam Cane was sin-binned as Scotland piled on the pressure, Gray barging over from close range for a try that electrified Murrayfield. When Russell put over the conversion, it was a five-point game again.

    Remarkably, with a makeshift front-row of Jamie Bhatti, George Turner and Simon Berghan, and a hooker playing open-side, Scotland were still alive.

    The hope appeared to die when the All Blacks kicked for home, Williams delivering a magnificent offload to McKenzie, who cut a beautiful angle and put Barrett away to touch down.

    The gap was 12 points with the conversion but still Scotland came again, New Zealand cynically killing ball in their own 22 and getting a second yellow for their trouble, Wyatt Crockett the culprit.

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    Huw Jones' try brought Scotland within five points of the All Blacks in the final 10 minutes
    The thunder carried on to the death with New Zealand unable to shake off the Scots. Hogg, magnificent all day, put through a gorgeously weighted grubber up the right wing and Tommy Seymour got to it first to unload to centre Jones, who ran away to score.

    There were three minutes left when Russell walloped over the conversion to put Scotland within a converted try of one of the greatest days in their rugby history.

    Hogg then went on an arcing run into the New Zealand 22 and in that moment you believed, for a second, that the miracle was about to happen.

    But Barrett had sensed the danger and had the pace to cover across. Hogg's attempted pass bobbled forward in was the final play of a brilliant but agonising day.

    Scotland: 15-Stuart Hogg; 14-Tommy Seymour, 13-Huw Jones, 12-Alex Dunbar, 11-Lee Jones; 10-Finn Russell, 9-Ali Price; 1-Darryl Marfo, 2-Stuart McInally, 3-Zander Fagerson, 4-Ben Toolis, 5-Jonny Gray, 6-John Barclay (captain), 7-Hamish Watson, 8-Cornell du Preez.

    Replacements: 16-George Turner (for Hamilton, 50), 17-Jamie Bhatti (for Marfo, 59), 18-Simon Berghan (for Fagerson, 41), 19-Grant Gilchrist (for Toolis, 59), 20-Luke Hamilton (for Watson, 27), 21-Henry Pyrgos (for Price, 76), 22-Pete Horne (for Dunbar, 47), 23-Byron McGuigan (for L Jones, 69).

    New Zealand: 15-Damian McKenzie; 14-Waisake Naholo, 13-Ryan Crotty, 12-Sonny Bill Williams, 11-Rieko Ioane; 10-Beauden Barrett, 9-Aaron Smith; 1-Kane Hames, 2-Codie Taylor, 3-Nepo Laulala, 4-Luke Romano, 5-Sam Whitelock, 6-Vaea Fifita, 7-Sam Cane, 8-Kieran Read (captain).

    Replacements: 16-Nathan Harris (for Taylor, 75), 17-Wyatt Crockett (for Hames, 52), 18-Ofa Tu'ungafasi (for Laulala, 59), 19-Liam Squire (on for Romano, 47), 20-Matt Todd (for Cane, 75), 21-TJ Perenara (for Smith, 65), 22-Lima Sopoaga (for Naholo, 75), 23-Anton Lienert-Brown (for Williams, 69).

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    Autumn international: Scotland 53-24 Australia
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    By Tom English

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    Scotland demolish Australia for record win - highlights
    Autumn internationals
    Scotland (17) 53
    Tries:
    McGuigan 2, Price, Maitland, Gray, Jones, Barclay, McInally Cons: Russell 5 Pen: Russell
    Australia (12) 24
    Tries:
    Kuridrani 2, Beale, Tiamni Cons: Foley 2
    Scotland ended their autumn internationals series with a record thumping of 14-man Australia.

    The Scots ran in eight tries, all but one coming after Wallabies prop Sekope Kepu was dismissed for a shoulder charge to the head of Hamish Watson.

    Byron McGuigan, a late replacement for Stuart Hogg - injured in the warm-up - scored two on his first Test start.


    Ali Price, Sean Maitland, Jonny Gray, Huw Jones, John Barclay and Stuart McInally also crossed for the Scots.

    Hulking centre Tevita Kuridrani scored a first-half brace for Australia, with Kurtley Beale and then replacement Lopeti Timani touching down after the interval.

    The points tally and margin of victory are both records for Scotland in this fixture, surpassing the previous benchmarks of 34 and nine respectively.

    Intrigue is guaranteed whenever these two nations meet, each recent Test going to the wire, lifting the spirits but weakening the heart at the same time.

    With this one, the drama began even before a ball had been kicked, Hogg, the man the Wallabies would have feared the most, injuring a hip in the warm-up.

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    Stuart Hogg picked up an injury during the warm-up
    It looked like a colossal blow for the Scots who moved Maitland to full-back, brought McGuigan in on the wing for his first start and parachuted Ruaridh Jackson onto the bench. What happened over the course of the next 80 minutes took this rivalry to a new level.

    Scotland began clumsily, with a host of attacking errors, but took the lead when Russell put over a penalty then McGuigan struck for the opening try.

    When the ball went loose off Bernard Foley, McGuigan jumped all over it. He put his boot to it once, then twice, then three times. Nobody could have mistaken McGuigan for Lionel Messi in those frenetic seconds, but he had enough control to get the job done. Try. Conversion. Scotland ahead by 10.

    Before the points deluge, there were troubling moments for the hosts. Self-inflicted wounds let Australia back into it, Russell's missed touch leading, soon after, to Foley chipping through for Kuridrani to get his first.

    A Tommy Seymour spillage out wide gifted them another, Foley gathering, chipping ahead and then popping his pass to the Fijian to score again.

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    Wallabies tight-head Sekope Kepu was shown a red card for a shoulder charge to the head of Hamish Watson
    That put the Wallabies into the lead at 12-10, but the seismic moment of the match was about to play out.

    At a breakdown just before the interval, Kepu went shoulder-first into Hamish Watson's head. Watson had been a spectacular nuisance to the visitors but attempting to remove his head was pretty unwise.

    Referee Pascal Gauzere was decisive and correct. Kepu was sent off. The question then was what could Scotland do with the one-man advantage. The answer was quick and emphatic.

    They put their penalty to touch and drove it close enough for Price to reach out to score. Russell's conversion made it a five-point game in Scotland's favour.

    There was one last act of defiance from Australia when, on the 20th phase, Beale went over to level it at 17-17, but from there, Scotland kicked on.

    The Wallabies lost the ball on halfway and Maitland ran all the way, much to his relief. He was being chased not by the flying machines in the Australia defence, but by three forwards who never looked like they were getting there.

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    On his first Test start, Byron McGuigan scored two tries
    Zander Fagerson and Jamie Bhatti appeared off the bench and their broken field running was devastating. A Bhatti carry took Scotland into Australia's 22 and from there, Gray got outside Will Genia to score.

    A third try in a ruthless 10-minute burst arrived and again a Bhatti carry was important in its creation, Russell's tapped penalty was key and Jones' stepping of Samu Kerevi finished the job.

    Jones has a sensational try-scoring record. That was his seventh in his 11 Tests. He's been a wondrous addition to the Scotland midfield.

    McGuigan was pretty special as well. Scotland had their foot on Wallaby throats and more pressure brought another score, the forward pack creating the space and Maitland putting the wing over.

    Australia were on their knees, no doubt cursing the madness of their prop. Timani's try made the score a little, but not a lot, more palatable, but Barclay wiped it out soon enough.

    The sixth Scotland try came when the captain got ruck ball close to the Wallaby line. Karmichael Hunt, Lukhan Tui and Kuridrani all went to hit him, but he blasted his way through the three of them.

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    Scotland captain John Barclay thundered through the Wallabies defence to score
    Russell landed the conversion to make it a historic high of 46-24. Freakish stuff, but it got even more bizarre as Australia grew ever more weary at the end of a long season.

    Beale was sin-binned a minute before time for deliberating knocking the ball out play. Scotland put the penalty to touch, fired up their maul which carried them inexorably across the line.

    McInally grounded the ball, Russell landed the conversion and Scotland were over the half-century.

    Kepu would have been in a darkened room by then. He might have been joined by the faithful of Murrayfield. This was unforgettable stuff, a day to rubber-stamp Scotland's credentials as a fast-emerging force in European and world rugby.

    Scotland: Maitland, Seymour, H Jones, Dunbar, McGuigan, Russell, Price, Marfo, McInally, Berghan, Gilchrist, J Gray, Barclay, Wilson, Watson.

    Replacements: Brown, Bhatti, Fagerson, Toolis, Du Preez, Pyrgos, Horne, Jackson .

    Australia: Beale, Koroibete, Kuridrani, Kerevi, Hodge; Foley, Genia; Sio, Moore, Kepu; Simmons, Enever; McCalman, Hooper, McMahon.

    Replacements: Polota-Nau, Faulkner, Tupou, Tui, Timani, Phipps, Hunt, Speight.

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    Autumn international: England 48-14 Samoa
    By Alan Jewell

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    Autumn Test
    England (22) 48
    Tries:
    Brown, Lozowski, Ewels, Daly 2, Slade, Rokoduguni Cons: Ford 5 Pens: Ford
    Samoa (7) 14
    Tries:
    Faasalele, Vui Cons: Nanai-Williams 2
    England made it three wins out of three this autumn with another late flurry of tries against Samoa.

    Full-back Mike Brown and centre Alex Lozowski went over early on with Piula Faasalele replying for the visitors at Twickenham.

    Charlie Ewels added England's third try but attacks frequently stalled because of errors and breakdown infringements.


    But Elliot Daly (two), Henry Slade and Semesa Rokoduguni crossed in the second half with Chris Vui scoring for Samoa.

    Stuttering England finish strongly again


    Slade strolled over from replacement scrum-half Ben Youngs' fizzing flat pass while Daly again jinked inside from the wing for his second score, leaving five men grasping at thin air as he swivelled his hips and sprinted clear.

    Rokoduguni brought up England's largest total in eight internationals against Samoa with his side's seventh try after the clock ticked past 80 minutes.

    Before the fast finish, a swift start
    While relentless rain made handling difficult against Australia a week ago, the crisp and clear conditions on Saturday made it a perfect stage for running rugby and England began on the front foot.

    Centre pairing Lozowski and Slade linked up within 30 seconds to punch a hole in the Samoan midfield and get into the 22. After the ball was recycled, Maro Itoje picked up at the breakdown and set up Brown - returning after missing the Australia game with a concussion - with the score confirmed after the TMO checked a possible Danny Care knock-on.

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    Alex Lozowski's previous international appearances were in Argentina this summer
    Samoan fly-half Tim Nanai-Williams had a difficult first half and when he dropped a routine high ball, hooker Jamie George - making his first start in his 20th international appearance - sent Lozowski over.

    England second row Charlie Ewels made a similar error at the restart and although Sale flanker TJ Ioane was held up, Faasalele was able to burrow over under the posts in the next attack.

    Following a Ford penalty which stretched the lead to 15-7, Ewels atoned with a try of his own with the impressive George - chosen ahead of usual captain Dylan Hartley - again the provider.

    The hosts created plenty of good positions but seven first-half handling errors meant they were not always able to capitalise.

    Another mistake meant England spurned seven points early in the second period. Brown's break up the middle created a two-on-one but Lozowski's flicked pass was just a tad too far behind Care who could not collect when he would have been able to run in unopposed.

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    Jamie George's 19 consecutive internationals appearances as a replacement - up until Australia last week - is a world record
    Periods of disjointedness were perhaps understandable given this was a side featuring nine changes from the win over Australia, with Hartley out of the England starting XV for the first time under Jones.

    His replacement, George, who was first choice for the Lions in New Zealand this summer, made 11 carries in 64 minutes on the pitch as well as creating two of England's first-half tries.

    With regular kicker Owen Farrell rested, Ford made six of his eight attempts, although his missed conversion following Lozowski's try was badly miscued.

    The victory makes it 22 wins out of 23 for England under Jones, with Argentina beaten 21-8 in the opening match of this year's autumn series.

    It is on to the 2018 Six Nations next with England beginning their defence of the title against Italy in Rome on Sunday, 4 February.

    For Samoa, it completes a miserable 2017. All seven of their international matches have been lost and the Samoan Rugby Union (SRU) was declared bankrupt by prime minister and SRU chairman Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi earlier this month.

    They were predictably ferocious in the tackle and Vui's score in the corner when down to 14 men was deserved reward for their effort in disrupting England before tiring in the latter stages.

    England head coach Eddie Jones said: "We started well but got seduced by the perceived easiness of the match and stopped doing the small things well and got pulled back before finishing it off.

    "Elliot Daly was superb. George Ford controlled the game well at 10 and Sam Simmonds did pretty well on his first start.

    "We've got a hell of a lot of work to do. We don't have the consistency yet but we've got two years to put that right."

    Man of the match - Elliot Daly
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    Fellow wing Jonny May impressed before going off with a head injury but Daly showed his class with ruthless running and side-stepping in the second half
    Analysis
    Former England fly-half Paul Grayson

    That last 10 minutes just showed that if you keep it simple and secure, England have the ability to break them down. The middle part of the game was a bit frustrating and disjointed and Samoa put up a good fight.

    Not enough dissection and organisation from England for me after that opening quarter. Some of the breakdown work was sloppy at best but 48 points and the sheer number of tries with England operating at 60% shows just how good they can be.

    Line-ups
    England: Brown; May, Slade, Lozowski, Daly; Ford, Care; Genge, George, Cole; Launchbury, Ewels; Itoje, Robshaw (C), Simmonds

    Replacements: Hartley, Marler, Williams, Isiekwe, Lawes, Youngs, Francis, Rokoduguni.

    Samoa: Tuala, Perez, Fonotia, Leiua, Lemi; Nanai-Williams, Polataivao; Jordan Lay, Matu'u, Brighouse; Tyrell, Vui; Faasalele, Ioane, Lam.

    Replacements: Leiataua, Jay Lay, Sasagi, Lemalu, Treviranus, Matavao, Lee-Lo, Taulagi.

    Match officials
    Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)

    Touch judges: Nigel Owens (Wales) & Wayne Davies (Wales)

    TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

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    Autumn international: Wales 18-33 New Zealand
    By Richard Williams

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    Autumn internationals
    Wales (11) 18
    Tries:
    S Williams, G Davies Con: Halfpenny Pens: Halfpenny 2
    New Zealand (12) 33
    Tries:
    Naholo 2, Lienert-Brown, Ioane 2 Cons: B Barrett 3
    Clinical New Zealand claimed a 30th consecutive win over Wales to end their 2017 autumn tour of Europe unbeaten.

    The All Blacks defied overwhelming Welsh possession and territory to lead at half-time thanks to two tries by wing Waisake Naholo.

    Then two in six minutes for Anton Lienert-Brown and Rieko Ioane opened a 15-point gap.


    Wales scored through Scott Williams and Gareth Davies, but Ioane's second touchdown ended a late fight-back.

    Warren Gatland's team showed more signs of promise, but were not able to end their 64-year wait for a win over the All Blacks.

    They simply could not match the cutting edge New Zealand showed whenever they caught a whiff of the home team's tryline.

    The difference was exemplified late in the game after Davies claimed Wales' second try, as the visitors hit back after Ioane's interception try had silenced a rowdy home crowd.

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    Gareth Davies's second-half try hinted at a Welsh comeback before New Zealand stretched away
    Reduced to 14 men with lock Sam Whitelock in the sin-bin, New Zealand fashioned a sharp backs move which saw Ioane cut through to snuff out any lingering home hopes.

    Looking ahead Wales can point to fine performances from prop Rob Evans and flankers Josh Navidi and Aaron Shingler.

    But when it came to turning promise into points, New Zealand were in a different class.

    While the All Blacks head for the beach, Wales have to raise themselves for the visit of South Africa next Saturday.

    They will face the Springboks without second row Jake Ball who has a suspected dislocated shoulder, while scrum-half Rhys Webb staggered off in the opening 10 minutes after taking a blow to the head to be replaced by Davies.

    Possession, not points
    Wales had the ball almost 70% of the time, but with a minute to go before the interval had only Leigh Halfpenny's two penalties to show for their efforts.

    New Zealand's two forays into the Wales 22 yielded two tries for right wing Naholo - the first after Ioane's midfield burst and the second after scrum-half Aaron Smith took a quick penalty.

    The balance on the scoreboard changed on the stroke of half-time when Wales' stuttering lineout finally functioned and fly-half Dan Biggar and wing Hallam Amos combined to send Scott Williams over in the left corner.

    If they had matched New Zealand's clinical finishing Wales would have been out of sight after 40 minutes.

    Instead, they trailed by a point and two more interventions by Ioane turned that deficit into 15 points just after the hour.

    His burst and slip pass put replacement Lienert-Brown over after Amos was caught defending a little narrow, and then Ioane snatched Biggar's pass intended for Amos to sprint clear and effectively end Welsh hopes.

    Man of the match
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    Rieko Ioane - the Blues wing played a big hand in Naholo's first try and made Lienert-Brown's. And he scored two himself. Not a bad day's work.

    Teams
    Wales: Halfpenny; Amos, S Williams, O Williams, S Evans; Biggar, Webb; R Evans, Owens, Francis, Ball, A W Jones, Shingler, Navidi, Faletau.

    Replacements: Dacey, W Jones, Brown, Hill, Tipuric, Davies, Priestland, Roberts.

    New Zealand: McKenzie; Naholo, Crotty, Williams, Ioane; B Barrett, Smith; Hames, Taylor, Laulala, Tuipolotu, S Whitelock, Squire, Cane, L Whitelock.

    Replacements: Harris, Crockett, Tu'ungafasi, S Barrett, Todd, Perenara, Sapoaga, Lienert-Brown.

    Match officials
    Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

    Touch judges: Jerome Garces (France) & Frank Murphy (Ireland)

    TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

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    Autumn international: Ireland 28-19 Argentina




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    Autumn internationals
    Ireland (13) 28
    Tries:
    Stockdale 2, Stander Cons: Sexton 2 Pens: Sexton 3
    Argentina (0) 19
    Tries:
    Tuculet, Leguizamon, Moyano Cons: Sanchez 2
    Jacob Stockdale scored two tries as Ireland completed a clean sweep of wins in their autumn series by beating Argentina 28-12 at the Aviva Stadium.

    CJ Stander also crossed to help his side to a hard-earned seventh win in a row after a bruising Dublin encounter.

    Ireland led 13-0 at half-time but Joaquin Tuculet, Juan Manuel Leguizamon and Ramiro Moyano scored after the break for the much improved visitors.


    Argentina have now failed to win in eight attempts on Irish soil.



    Ireland: Kearney; Byrne, Farrell, Aki, Stockdale; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Best (capt), Furlong; James Ryan, Henderson; O'Mahony, O'Brien, Stander

    Replacements: Tracy, Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Toner, Ruddock, L McGrath, Keatley, Conway.

    Argentina: Tuculet; Moyano, Moroni, Gonzalez, Boffelli; Sanchez, Landajo; Garcia Botta, Creevy (capt), Tetaz Chaparro; Alemanno, Lavanini; Matera, Kremer, Lezana

    Replacements: Montoya, Noguera, Pieretto, Petti, Leguizamon, Bertranou, De La Fuente, Cancelliere.

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    Autumn international: Wales 24-22 South Africa
    By Richard Williams

    BBC Sport Wales at the Principality Stadium


    Parkes extends Wales' lead
    Autumn internationals: Wales v South Africa
    Wales (21) 24
    Tries:
    S Williams, Parkes 2 Cons: Halfpenny 3 Pens: Halfpenny
    South Africa (10) 22
    Tries:
    Gelant, Pollard, Kriel Cons: Pollard 2 Pens: Pollard
    Wales survived a remarkable comeback to end their autumn series with a nail-biting win over South Africa.

    Two tries by Hadleigh Parkes on his debut and one for Scott Williams saw Wales lead 21-3 after 30 minutes.

    Warrick Gelant's try before half-time changed the momentum and Handre Pollard and Jesse Kriel's touchdowns after the break edged the Springboks ahead.


    But Leigh Halfpenny's 66th-minute penalty clinched a nervy win for Wales, just their fourth over South Africa.

    It was a third consecutive home win for Warren Gatland's team against the Springboks, but they had to work for it.

    The nerve-shredding finish seemed unlikely when Wales scored two tries in the opening eight minutes, with South Africa looking a shambles in defence.

    But encouraged by a try against the run of play late in the opening half, South Africa were a team revived after the interval.

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    Wales centre Scott Williams opened the scoring against South Africa, adding to his try against New Zealand last week
    Wales started with only eight of the players who played in the opening autumn Test defeat against Australia and with New Zealand-born Parkes - who was named man of the match - making his debut on the day he qualified by residency.

    After recovering their composure, the Springboks - dominant in the scrum and maul - scored 19 unanswered points, with flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit impressing.

    But the tourists' second defeat of the autumn heaps pressure on coach Allister Coetzee and relieves some of the heat that was gathering for Gatland.

    Flying start
    Wales exposed chaotic Springbok defence in a frantic opening, fly-half Dan Biggar exploiting a narrow defence with a kick into the grateful arms of wing Hallam Amos, whose inside pass sent Williams over.

    More shambolic attempts at catching high kicks saw Wales build another attacking platform and Biggar's grubber was brilliantly picked up and touched down by Parkes with the defence nowhere.

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    Wing Warrick Gelant outpaced the Wales defence to begin the Springbok recovery
    South Africa managed to create a bridgehead with their scrum and maul, but offered little behind their pack and were 21-3 down just after half an hour when Biggar charged down Kriel's ponderous clearance kick, allowing Taulupe Faletau to throw a scoring pass to Parkes.

    South Africa produced a brilliant try when wing Dillyn Leyds exposed a tired-looking kick chase and Kriel's kick through was touched down by Gelant.

    It meant Gatland's side were 21-11 ahead at the interval - yet that was not a full reflection of Wales' dominance.

    Springboks bite back
    South Africa were a different team after the break, despite the loss of captain Eben Etzebeth to injury at half-time.

    They troubled Wales by playing with greater pace, and Pollard's try continued the revival before Kriel put them ahead in the 55th minute.

    Had Pollard not hit the post with the conversion of his own try, Wales could have been in bigger trouble.

    But the home side clawed their way back, with British and Irish Lions scrum-half Rhys Webb making an impact off the bench and Halfpenny making no mistake when called upon to save the day.

    Man of the match - Hadleigh Parkes
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    With one Test, two tries and a generally bruising impact in midfield as Wales went more direct, this was a debut to remember
    Wales coach Warren Gatland: "I suppose there's a bit of relief after that. We started so well, looked comfortable, but the five minutes before half-time and the five after weren't our best.

    "I'm pleased, what with the injuries we've had and the way we've tried to be positive. There's a lot we can take out of it. Yes, it was nail-biting but that's what Test rugby is about.

    "We didn't get a penalty until the 58th minute and that made it tough to get momentum."

    South Africa flanker Siya Kolisi: "We're very disappointed, the way we started today wasn't good enough and we didn't have the patience.

    "We have to be more disciplined at the end of the game and not make silly mistakes.

    "We have to be better than this next year."

    Teams
    Wales: Halfpenny; Amos, S Williams, Parkes, S Evans; Biggar, A Davies; R Evans, Dacey, Andrews; Hill, A W Jones; Shingler, Navidi, Faletau.

    Replacements: Dee, W Jones, R Jones, S Davies, Lydiate, Webb, Patchell, Watkin.

    South Africa: Coetzee; Leyds, Kriel, Venter, Gelant; Pollard, Cronje; Kitshoff, Marx, Louw, Etzebeth, De Jager, Kolisi, Du Toit, Du Preez.

    Replacements:Mbonambi, Nyakane, Dreyer, Mohoje, Cassiem, Schreuder, Jantjies, Am.

    Match officials
    Referee: Jerome Garces (France)

    Touch judges: Wayne Barnes (England) & Frank Murphy (Ireland)

    TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

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