England have completed a Cook Cup series sweep of Australia, defeating the Wallabies in an epic and breathless end-to-end Test at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
The Test featured amazing attacking rugby from both teams, who combined for nine tries, yet the tourists again claimed most reward for a scrum that won penalties for Owen Farrell to kick goals with metronomic precision.
Fittingly, Farrell iced the victory with one last penalty in the final minute - awarded for a ruck offence.
England dominated the opening stages of the match, playing almost exclusively inside Australian territory after Dan Cole had re-gathered the short kick-off on the 10-metres line, and the visitors were deservedly first on the board through the prop.
Australia failed to find touch having been awarded a penalty, and they were penalised harshly; England countered and Ben Youngs, who had sniped well from scrum and ruck while also delivering slick service to his backs and ball runners, popped a short ball to Coles to run past Scott Fardy.
Australia struck back immediately, although the score had a measure of good fortune about it.
The Wallabies went left but Maro Itoje, attempting to tack Dane Haylett-Petty, knocked the ball out of the winger's hands and it went to Israel Folau on the left wing. England -- notably Jack Nowell and Billy Vunipola -- appeared to stop playing, waiting for a non-existent call of knock-on from referee Nigel Owens, but the Wallabies played to the whistle and Folau and Matt Toomua combined to put Bernard Foley over for a try, converted by the fly-half, to square the ledger.
Australia, for the first time since the opening quarter of the first Test in Brisbane, were in the ascendance, and they were poised to go ahead when Foley put Michael Hooper into space on the left wing only to be unable to collect the return basketball pass.
They would not be denied, however, pouncing after sloppy work from Youngs at the base of a ruck gifted them a five-metre lineout. The Wallabies won the set-piece and six phases later Folau put Haylett-Petty across in the corner for his maiden Test try.
The teams traded penalties before England regained the lead through a well-worked try from Brown.
England went short-side from a midfield ruck, with Geirge Ford feeding Brown and Anthony Watson, whose kick ahead bounced perfectly for the fullback to collect and touch down under pressure from Tevita Kuridrani.
England went to the sheds a point to the good, however, when Foley kicked a penalty awarded for offside against Itoje.
The topsy-turvy nature of the game continued after the re-start, with England claiming reward from a Wallabies set-piece that started to misfire in the injury-absence of Rob Simmons.
Chris Robshaw was held up over the line after collecting an overthrown ball, and Vuipola charged through Haylett-Petty from the ensuing scrum.
Farrell kicked England to a seven-point advantage, the penalty awarded after Australia had collapsed a ruck, but the Wallabies struck once again.
Australia won a midfield lineout and broke deep into England territory after debutant second-row Adam Coleman, on for Simmons, who sustained a knee injury in the first half, had run a perfect line. Coleman was held up but Australia were awarded a scrum, from which they produced phase play from which Nick Phipps put Hooper into a minute gap to put the ball on the chalk.
Parity continued for just four minutes, when Farrell converted another penalty awarded against the Wallabies scrum. But the Wallabies struck again within two minutes, putting the ball through 11 phases before Toomua beat the tackle of Vunipola and passed to Folau to streak clear of the defence to post his 20th Test try - converted by Foley for a four-point lead.
Australia failed to exit their 22 from the re-start, and Farrell immediately reduced the margin to one point after Fardy was penalised for kicking the ball away at the bottom of a ruck.
England then regained the lead after a period of extended pressure, replacement hooker Jamie George touching down for a converted try after Brown, on the left wing, and Nowell, on the right were cut down short before Courtney Lawes was held up over the line.
Australia again struck back immediately, Foley kicking a penalty awarded from the re-start after England had failed to release the ball at a breakdown. But the tourists closed out the game with Australia threatening again only after the siren for Taqele Naiyaravoro to cross in the left corner..