Australia beat England 20-14 at Twickenham having trailed 14-11 at the break.
England had fancied their chances of winning this Test following France’s 33-6 thrashing of the Wallabies in Paris last week, but the visitors dug deep to claim a victory that will ease the pressure on head coach Robbie Deans.
The hosts, who for some reason wore their purple away kit, went into half-time with a three-point lead thanks to a Manu Tuilagi try two minutes before the break. Scrumhalf Danny Care took a quick penalty tap before centre Brad Barritt and flanker Tom Johnson combined to give Tuilagi a 30m run at the line. The Samoan was caught 8m out by Australian halfbacks Berrick Barnes and Nick Phipps, but had the strength to take them along for the ride and plant the ball on the whitewash.
The Wallabies’ try had come four minutes before that, when Phipps broke away and drew the last defender before putting winger Nick Cummins away.
England failed to add to their tally in the second half despite having most of the ball, while Barnes kicked three penalties to secure yet another win for a southern hemisphere side this month.