Australia v England player ratings: Wallabies pull off comeback due to Samu Kerevi’s monstrous runs
England slumped to a fourth straight defeat when their magic touch to Australia finally failed them in a 30-28 series opener loss at Optus Stadium.
The Wallabies had sent Darcy Swain off the back row for a 34th-minute headbutt, but Eddie Jones’ tourists were still unable to take a ninth straight win in the game.
It is the second game in a row that they have been unable to finish off the 14-man opposition after being routed by the Barbarians at Twickenham during their most recent appearance.
Sportsmails ADAM HATHAWAY delivers the ratings on both sides in a night to soon forget for Eddie Jones’ men…
England slumped to 30-28 defeat as Australian made a stunning comeback
15 Tom Banks – 5
The game ended after 21 minutes when he fell awkwardly defiantly in the air, injuring his arm.
14 Andrew Kelleway – 6
Switched to fullback when Banks went out looking threatening from the backfield.
13 Len Ikitau – 6
Not as prominent as his center mate, but he hooked up well when Wallabies were at the forefront.
12 Samu Kerevi – 9
A few monstrous runs from the big man mocked England and threatened all night.
The Wallabies made a comeback thanks to Samu Kerevi’s (center) monstrous runs
11 Marika Koroibete – 7
Try to save a tackle on Joe Marchant in the first half and bring more physicality to Aussie’s attack.
10 Noah Lolesio – 8
Last minute replacement when Quade Cooper withdrew but pedaled unnerved despite late call up.
9 Nic White – 6
The old boy from Exeter was on the point of kicking game and pulling England around the park.
1 Angus Bell – 6
The attack in the first half could have led to the opening of a Wallaby attempt but mixed against Stuart at scrum.
2 Dave Porecki – 6
Former Saracens and London Irishmen missed a few throw-ins but fought on the first cap.
3 Allan Alaalatoa – 5
Struggled early and was still an early Wallaby victim when he limped for 25 minutes.
4 Darcy Swain – 2
Earned red card after 34 minutes for stupid headbutt on Jonny Hill after a fight.
Darcy Swain (right) received 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 Wallaby’s early lineouts.
6 Rob Leota – 6
Did his part ball in hand and defensively before being substituted in the 53rd minute.
7 Michael Hooper (capt) – 8
119th cap for the Wallaby skipper but he’s getting better and better and is one of the best on the floor, he’s deserved it.
8 Rob Valetini – 6
The back row of Brumbies advanced well while the Aussie forward 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 (center) celebrates scoring a try to give the Wallabies a nine-point lead
15 Freddie Steward – 7
Looking more confident than ever under the high ball and took everything Australia aimed at him.
14 Jack Nowell – 6
After a nightmare season of injuries, Nowell was busy but was knocked out by Koroibete.
13 Joe Marchant – 6
Could have scored in the first half but after some amazing coverage and limited impact after the break.
Joe Marcant could have scored for Eddie Jones’ side, but had little impact after the break
12 Owen Farrell – 6
Back in the ranks but well connected with Smith and offered himself as the first recipient. Missed two shots.
11 Joe Cokanasiga – 5
Not as involved as boss Eddie Jones would have liked and needs to chase the ball more.
10 Marcus Smith – 7
Very lively showing of 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 all the way, showed a few flashes with ball.
Joe Cokanasiga (center) wasn’t as involved as boss Eddie Jones would have liked
Marcus Smith put in a great performance for England, who played better than some of the veterans
1 Ellis Genge – 7
He became a real force for England, adding effort to his usual nuts and bolts.
2 Jamie George – 6
Nailed after his throw-in, carried and went across the park before being substituted with 14 minutes left.
3 Will Stuart – 5
Started out strong 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 the ball in lineout without dominating.
5 Jonny Hill – 5
Rose to Swain’s ace and was shown a yellow card but carried hard in the first Test since the fall.
Jonny Hill climbed into Swain’s ace after being headbutted and was shown a yellow card
6 Courtney Lawes (Captain) – 6
Now the official leader and made his hits but a huge job turning the tour around.
7 Tom Curry – 6
A great attack and pass should have resulted in Marchant’s score, but was headbutted during halftime.
8 Billy Vunipola – 6
First international for 15 months and carded for a high shot to Hooper. Flawed 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 Zorg 79) 6, G.Porter (N/U), H.Arundell (for Cokanasiga 72) 7