Could England reverting back to their roots clinch a series win Down Under?

England's first half display against Australia might be a sign of things to come

Eddie Jones' side got back to winning ways on Saturday with a 25-17 victory over Australia, but how did they turn it around and is it something that we may see more of as the series concludes?

Jones has always wanted England to be old-fashioned in the way of having a strong set-piece and kicking game, however it is a game plan we rarely see as much now with his side looking to evolve ahead of the next World Cup.

But at the weekend, we saw not just a spirited performance - we saw them revert to their roots. They played a heavy penalty-driven game, looking to draw errors out of the opposition. That approach is sometimes likened to that played by this year's Premiership finalists Saracens and Leicester Tigers.

This style was also helped by a strong contingent from the northern hemisphere in the refereeing department and it alleviated England's breakdown woes. One incident in the first half where a yellow card given to Australia's Izaia Perese was aided by the interpretation of the officials as a deliberate knock-on. 

However, Marcus Smith was later yellow carded for the same offence but overall, England were a lot more accurate in their execution and made the Wallabies pay for their penalties, something that they struggled with last weekend. 

After an excellent opening 30 minutes from the tourists, the home side were able to punish them when England took their foot off the gas, with two well-taken tries either side of half-time. They targeted Smith defensively as well, with Taniel Tupou making use of the mismatch by firing through the No.10 and Owen Farrell to score in the first period.

Then only 10 minutes of game time later, Tupou rebounded off Smith a few metres out before being stopped by a combination of England defenders. The next phase, Jones' side would overcompensate with Jamie George and Ollie Chessum either side of Smith to protect him as they shot out of the line, allowing Samu Kerevi to score in the corner.

England's only score of the game came in the seventh minute with a well-worked lineout move allowing Billy Vunipola to storm over. However, they did struggle to create ample try-scoring opportunities, instead opting to go for the posts whenever they were in a good position, something that may be indicative of Jones's thinking during the World Cup knockout games next year.

They also kicked a lot more with 34 kicks in play on Saturday, compared to just 18 in Perth showing the change in tactic from the first and second game. However, this may also prove to be more of a one-off due to Australia's back three being filled with players out of position, so we wait to see if it will work again this coming weekend.

The English scrum also managed to prove powerful again going from a 50 per cent success rate to an 80 per success rate, whilst also lowering the Aussies' success rate by half.

For me, if England are to win the series next weekend, they will not need to innovate their attack but instead focus on what has been proven to work.

This is as Jones comes under increasing pressure, the need for wins currently outweighs the need for change. England will need to stick to a similar strategy to the one used last weekend, but not take their foot off the gas part way through games which threatened to derail them in the second period.

It is a common illness for Jones' side and to get past Australia, they cannot afford to do that again. They will need to channel the great performances of the past like the takedown of New Zealand and the kicking demolition of France both in 2019.

These games have shown the potential of this English side, and also the devastation that an accurate kicking game can do. They displayed these traits in large parts in Brisbane, but they will need to continue with what they are good at and stick to their trustworthy maul and set-piece if they are to clinch the series in Sydney.