Photo Getty Images. Caption: England wing Elliot Daly scores against Australia Criticised for their underwhelming display against Argentina last time out, England delivered a gritty display in miserable conditions at Twickenham – where rain fell throughout and knock-ons were plentiful – before surging clear with three tries in the final eight minutes.Yet the visitors fumed at a host of refereeing calls, with yellow cards for Michael Hooper and Kurtley Beale coming in between the former seeing a try disallowed and Elliot Daly being awarded a controversial score for England.Australia were then denied another try when Stephen Moore was adjudged to have obstructed Chris Robshaw as Marika Koroibete barged over, leaving Cheika – who criticised O’Keeffe following a Rugby Championship draw with South Africa in September – visibly furious.To rub salt into Cheika’s wounds, England pulled away dramatically in the closing stages – Jonathan Joseph and Jonny May each latching on to kicks from Danny Care to touch down before the replacement scrum-half also went over.The end result was a hugely flattering scoreline for England and their 21st win from 22 Tests under Eddie Jones.FT: @EnglandRugby have beaten Australia, 30 – 6 at Twickenham #ENGvAUS pic.twitter.com/Qqp1RgSYon— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) November 18, 2017Two penalties from the returning Owen Farrell provided the only points of the first half, but there was certainly no shortage of incident.After Farrell’s opening three-pointer and the early introduction of another player rested last week, Maro Itoje replacing the injured Sam Underhill, Australia saw Bernard Foley miss a chance to level the scores before turning down another shot at goal to force a lineout that England stole.With the Wallabies on top, Hooper touched down from a clever Tevita Kuridrani kick, only for the score to be chalked off for offside – a decision Cheika sarcastically applauded.Hooper was then sin-binned following repeated infringements from Australia and, after Farrell had doubled England’s lead, Beale also picked up a yellow card for a deliberate knock-on.8 – That is Michael Hooper’s 8th yellow card for @qantaswallabies, more than any other player from any country. Repeat.— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) November 18, 2017Australia performed admirably to stay in the game when numerically disadvantaged, a long-range penalty from Reece Hodge making it 6-3 before Beale returned.Two more hugely controversial moments followed. After a thrilling break from Samu Kerevi was wasted through Kuridrani coughing up possession, George Ford’s kick to the left looked to be heading out of play, only for Daly to sneak in ahead of Kurtley Beale and kick on to score. After a lengthy TMO review, it was ruled that the ball had just stayed in the field of play before Daly got to it with his boot, leaving Beale to rue his carelessness in jogging back.Koroibete then looked to have replied for Australia after Foley had split the posts to make it 13-6, but that try was ruled out for obstruction by replacement hooker Stephen Moore and England finished with a flourish to leave their opponents stunned.
Stay on target If you’re as excited for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as we are, then you might want to get a head start on tickets, as opening night screenings just went on sale.Advance tickets went on sale early Monday morning EST for all screenings, including a few special ones in IMAX 2D on a 70mm screen.IMAX announced that people who attend certain screenings are in for small giveaways. Viewers who attend on opening night will receive an exclusive poster, and those who go to showings on Christmas and New Year’s Day are also in for special posters.While expectations for Rogue One are high, they don’t reach the same level for executives as The Force Awakens did. Disney chief Bob Iger said “We never felt it would do the level that Force Awakens did” due to it being a separate story in the Star Wars universe and not attached to any new franchise.However, Iger changed his tone based on the response to the trailers, saying “the level of interest [in Rogue One] is as high as it was for Force Awakens.”Rogue One tickets didn’t go on sale as early as they did for Force Awakens–they went up two weeks before release date versus nearly two months in Force Awakens’ case–but movie tickets sites are already seeing similar slowdowns. People reported that sites like Fandango had crashed due to the load, with some customers waiting hours to make their purchase. Fandango announced shortly after sales went live that it had created a waiting room. Share The Force With This Star Wars Gift Guide!George Lucas’s 11 Worst Decisions Due to an overwhelming amount of traffic, a wait room has been activated. Get #RogueOne tickets soon, you will. https://t.co/Hw6l2LkDYZ pic.twitter.com/4XiYvTMRhT— Fandango (@Fandango) November 28, 2016Of course, that means that competitive sites like Atom Tickets to swoop in and attempt to snatch a few customers.Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on Dec. 16. In the meantime, Disney has released a brand new trailer with new footage, including more humorous moments for Alan Tudyk’s K-2SO, a Jyn Erso flashback, and more shots from inside the Death Star.