England faced off against reigning World Cup champions New Zealand tonight. And they played a tremendous dominating game. New Zealand didn’t have any answers to England’s plays. England triumphed 19-7.
England took the kick off to start the match, the first World Cup match between these two teams since 1999. They got the ball back quickly though and Anthony Watson charged down the right. They worked the ball left and then back to right where Manu Tuilagi scored the fastest ever try against New Zealand in a Rugby World Cup match at 1min 36secs. Owen Farrell made the conversion. 7-0 to England.
The first 15 minutes were very fast. England were the aggressor in this opening segment and New Zealand were forced in to defensive overtime. Tuilagu made an interception, passed to Jonny May and Scott Barrett of New Zealand had to scramble to bring him down.
If England were playing any other team you could argue that they would be ahead by 30 at this stage but New Zealand is no ordinary team and are covering the bases.
England crossed the line again in the 25th minute but it was disallowed due to obstruction.
After that the All Blacks magic come out and Brodie Retallick made a lot of ground with NZ getting within 7 metres of the England before being stopped.
George Ford of England tried for a drop goal from 30m but the ball went slightly right.
England won a turnover with Scott Barrett being offside. George Ford took the kick with Owen Farrell injured. 10-0 to England.
England were the dominant side in the first half.
New Zealand kicked off the second half. Within 5 minutes England had crossed the New Zealand line but the try was disallowed due to a knock on.
Jonny May goes off limping with Henry Slade coming on at full-back and Daly moving to the wing. Dan Cole comes on for Kyle Sinckler.
Penalty to England after Sam Cane tackles Billy Vunipola. George Ford takes the kick. 13-0 to England.
New Zealand keep attacking but England are solid and they keep getting interceptions.
Line out to England but Maro Itoje misses George’s throw. Ardie Savea catches the ball and goes over the line. Richie Mo’unga converts. 13-7 to England.
England have a prime opportunity after Sam Underhill makes a huge tackle on Beauden Barrett. They make moves to go over but come back for an offside penalty. Ford slots the ball through the posts. 16-7 to England.
England awarded another penalty, this time for New Zealand pulling down in a maul. Ford kicks the penalty over. 19-7 to England.
Swing Low Sweet Chariot is being sung around the stadium.
Penalties, turnovers and England’s intercepts hurt New Zealand tonight. England were just too strong and dominant tonight. Maro Itoje was awarded the Player of the match.
England will now play in their fourth World Cup final
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