Under-fire Australia bounced back from their Paris nightmare to beat England by six points at Twickenham.
Fifteen points from the boot of Berrick Barnes, four penalties and a drop goal and a try from Nick Cummins saw Australia come from 14-11 down at half time to win 20-14.
Toby Flood put England ahead in the 2nd minute with a penalty however Australia levelled matters when Barnes slotted over a drop goal following good work by open side Michael Hooper.
The returning Ben Alexander thought he had scored the game’s first try however the TMO decided that there was not enough evidence to award the five points with the English defence’s attempt to stop the hooker making the decision difficult to reach.
Barnes and Flood exchanged penalties to keep the sides level in a scrappy opening before Flood made it 9-6 when Alexander was punished for going off his feet.
However five minutes before half time Cummins put Australia two points in front when Nick Phipps broke free with wonderful run to set up winger Cummins with Barnes missing the chance to add the two points.
The lead lasted just four minutes.
England despite not being at their best went in at half time three points ahead thanks to Manu Tuilagi’s controversial try.
The chance was created following some quick thinking from Danny Care and brute force from Tom Johnson and Brad Barritt who fed Tuilagi to plant the ball down with the TMO determining that the ball was over the line.
It was to be the last score of the game for England with Flood missing the conversion and three penalties from Barnes inside the opening 12 minutes of the second half sealed the win for Australia.
That was the end of the scoring although Tom Waldrom thought he had put England in a position to win it however the TMO ruled that he lost the ball in the act of touching the ball down. In the absence of guile and craft, England were trying to barge their way over the line however the Wallabies were equal to their efforts and held on for the win.
Despite the defeat England boss Stuart Lancaster took plenty of positives from the game “I’m disappointed we lost but I thought Australia played a smart game and bounced back from their defeat against France last week and were competitive in all areas.
“There were lots of positives from our own performance but the reality is we needed to take the opportunities we created, especially in the last 20 minutes when we thought our tempo would pay.
“They are the lessons we have to learn for South Africa next week”