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Daly dotted down to extend Englands lead to 8 points..

Elliot Daly scores England’s first try in bizarre fashion sparking reaction on Twitter

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Whenever England welcome Australia to Twickenham in the Autumn it is always bound to be a monumental affair. 

November 2017 was to be no different. Since former Australian coach Eddie Jones stepped into the England coaching job, he has seen his side grow from strength to strength. However, Australia are always a different animal when they step out on to that hallowed Twickenham turf and Jones' charges will have known they were in for an almighty tussle.

The weather did its best to play killjoy as the sides were met by cold, wet and foggy conditions at the kick-off but it did little to dampen the tie. Courtney Lawes sparked the crowd into life with a massive tackle on a hapless Kurtley Beale after Owen Farrell had given the home side the lead from the kicking tee.

Considering the conditions, a low scoring game was unsurprising and it looked as though one of the most hotly anticipated match ups of the year could well go tryless.

Fortunately, however, that was not to be as Elliot Daly crossed to score a rather bizarre, and controversial try for the home side. A Ben Youngs clearance kick looked destined for touch as it rolled harmlessly towards the sideline; Kurtley Beale, seemingly convinced the ball was headed out of play retreated nonchalantly as Daly closed down on him at pace. 

Somehow, and almost miraculously from an English point of view, the ball stayed in play and Daly knicked in ahead of Beale to hack the ball forward before controlling well and finishing off a remarkable try.

Many fans felt that the Australians had been hard done, believing the ball had trickled out but English fans were having none of it on Twitter.

It certainly seems that whether the ball went out of play or not, depends on what side of the ocean you find yourself.

England eventually went on to grind out a hard fought win but Daly's try will undoubtedly come under heavy scrutiny from the Australian camp and fans alike.

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