Despite seizing the upper hand in the opening 15 minutes, the Wallabies were unable to contain the northerners who pulled away to a 40-16 victory with a pair of tries in each half.
The Wallabies could produce only three points from their early dominance, before winger Jonny May struck twice for England against the grain to take the wind out of Australia’s sails.
In a three-minute period midway through the half, May scored his first when the ball was sent through the hands, and moments later was back over in the same corner after regathering a kick from centre Henry Slade.
May’s brace set up a 17-9 half-time advantage for England, leaving the Wallabies in need of a big start to the second half.
Michael Cheika’s men delivered exactly what was ordered, with Reece Hodge firing a perfect cut-out pass to Jordan Petaia, who turned it inside to winger Marika Koroibete to do the rest.
Koroibete’s 50-metre dash to the line moved the Wallabies back to within a point of the lead in the 43rd minute, but from there it was all England, as they crossed twice more and rode the boot of Owen Farrell to punch their ticket to the Semi Finals.
Prop Kyle Sinckler and winger Anthony Watson were the other tryscorers for the men in white, while Australia’s points came from Koroibete’s try and four successful shots at goal from flyhalf Christian Lealiifano.
Koroibete had a second try scratched for a forward pass in the dying minutes, but by then the damage was done and England were left celebrating at the full-time whistle.
Wallabies 16 (Marika Koroibete try; Christian Lealiifano con; Christian Lealiifano 3 pens) defeated by England 40 (Jonny May 2, Kyle Sinckler, Anthony Watson tries; Owen Farrell 4 cons; Owen Farrell 4 pens)
1.Scott Sio 2.Tolu Latu 3.Allan Alaalatoa 4.Izack Rodda 5.Rory Arnold 6.David Pocock 7.Michael Hooper (c) 8.Isi Naisarani 9.Will Genia 10.Christian Lealiifano 11.Marika Koroibete 12.Samu Kerevi (vc) 13.Jordan Petaia 14.Reece Hodge 15.Kurtley Beale
16.Jordan Uelese 17.James Slipper 18.Taniela Tupou 19.Adam Coleman 20.Lukhan Salakaia-Loto 21.Nic White 22.Matt To’omua 23.James O’Connor
1.Mako Vunipola 2.Jamie George 3.Kyle Sinckler 4.Maro Itoje 5.Courtney Lawes 6.Tom Curry 7.Sam Underhill 8.Billy Vunipola 9.Ben Youngs 10.Owen Farrell 11.Jonny May 12.Manu Tuilagi 13.Henry Slade 14.Anthony Watson 15.Elliot Daly
16.Luke Cowan-Dickie 17.Joe Marler 18.Dan Cole 19.George Kruis 20.Lewis Ludlam 21.Willi Heinz 22.George Ford 23.Jonathan Joseph
53 mins – To’omua for Lealiifano, 61 mins – White for Genia, 61 mins – Tupou for Alaalatoa, 66 mins – Uelese for Latu, 66 mins – Coleman for Arnold, 69 mins – Salakaia-Loto for Naisarani, 69 mins – Slipper for Sio, 74 mins – O’Connor for Petaia