England started brightly by applying early pressure on the Australian defensive line in the opening stages. The pressure turned into points on the 10 minute mark when Kevin Sinfield spread the ball out wide to Ryan Hall who touched down superbly in the corner. Sinfield missing the conversion from the touch line.
When Rangi Chase failed to make touch after opting to kick from the 20-metre restart, the Kangaroos took full advantage with Tony Williams bumping Chris Heighington out of the way to score the try. Thurston converting to extend the Australian lead to 12-4.
England put themselves back into contention just before the half time hooter after Sam Tomkins broke though, passed out the back door to Jack Reed, who put Ryan Hall in to again score superbly in the corner. Sinfield failed with the extras from out wide to leave the the half time score at 12-8 to the Australians.
Greg Inglis restored the Australian’s eight point advantage after the break when he received a long pass from Thurston to easily touch down for the try. Thurston again successful with the boot extended the lead to 18-8.
Moments later Tom Briscoe was denied by the referee after he determined the winger had made a double movement during the act of scoring despite replays showing that the ball carrying arm didn’t touch the ground.
The Australians hit back in the 72nd minute when Thurston intercepted a pass by Chase and raced to the England 20-metre line before being pulled down by Reed. From the resulting play, the ball was spread wide to Boyd who touched down for the try. Thurston adding the extras.
The Australians had the final say in the came when Chris Lawrence rolled over the line to stretch over and put the ball down. Thurston converted to maintain his 100% record with the boot and leave the final score at 36-20 to Australia.