England opens series with 39-28 upset win over Australia

England opens series with 39-28 upset win over Australia

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 5:11 p.m. ET

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) England's resurgence under Eddie Jones gained traction with a breakthrough 39-28 win over the Wallabies to open the three-test series against the Rugby World Cup finalists on Saturday.

Jones took over in the wake of England's dreadful group-stage exit at the 2015 World Cup, sealed by a loss to Australia at Twickenham, and guided the squad to the Six Nations Grand Slam in his first series in charge.

In his first tour back to his native Australia, the former Wallabies coach orchestrated England's first ever test win over the Wallabies in Brisbane, and only the fourth in bilateral series Down Under.

The performance wasn't as convincing as the scoreline. England conceded two tries in the first 16 minutes and another two in the second half - and had the benefit of a lopsided penalty count - but just had enough to hold out the late desperate attack and seal the win with a try to Jack Nowell against the run of play in the last minute.