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Published: 12:55 | 25/6/16

England down Aussies in thriller

Visitors secure series whitewash Down Under

England beat Australia 44-40 in Sydney to wrap up a 3-0 Test series whitewash of the Wallabies.

Following 39-28 and 23-7 victories previously, Eddie Jones's men edged a thriller at the Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

Dan Cole dived over to give England the lead but Bernard Foley sprinted through to level the affair, prior to Dane Haylett-Petty scoring in the corner for the hosts.

After Mike Brown had slid in to regain the lead for England, a Foley penalty had Australia a point ahead (18-17) at the interval.

Billy Vunipola powered in for the visitors early in the second half, before Michael Hooper reached over and Israel Folau dived in for the Aussies.

However, when England's Jamie George nudged the ball forward and collected to score, the visitors led once again.

The Wallabies tried desperately to land a decisive reply in the closing stages but an Owen Farrell penalty effectively confirmed the visitors' triumph, despite a try at the death from the home side's Taqele Naiyaravoro.

Foley kicked 15 points for Australia, with Farrell landing a total of 24.

Wallabies captain Stephen Moore admitted that England were good value for their 3-0 series win.

"It has been a tough series," he told Fox Australia. "You can't give out that many points.

"We have done some good things. We need to keep the belief. We have got more games this season.

"England played well, they deserved to win the series.

"There are things we need to do better, and we will go away and do that."

England captain Dylan Hartley conceded that England had not put in the ideal performance in Sydney but was nevertheless delighted with his troops.

"We are very happy with the tour," began Hartley.

"We put a lot of pressure to play the perfect game, and we can all agree that it wasn't perfect today. But that was the last 80 minutes of the season and I am proud of how the guys conducted themselves.

"We have scored 44 points and not played the perfect game yet; there is still a lot to work on.

"We are proud of what we have achieved Down Under. We will enjoy this for now. The boys have got five weeks off and then we will meet up and go again."

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