England vs Australia
8:15am Saturday 19th October
A Rugby World Cup semi-final location was booked by england with a 40-16 thrashing of Australia in Oita for 12 years on Saturday.
The Wallabies had more than their fair share of this drama, but England demonstrated clinical with attempts from Jonny May (2 ), Kyle Sinckler and Anthony Watson, as well as four Owen Farrell penalties – the skipper completing 100 per cent off the tee.
Australia notched their points via a superb Marika Koroibete try and the boot of Christian Lealiifano (three penalties), but had been outdone by England from the turnover stakes, which finally proved crucial.
Eddie Jones’ side extended their winning run over the Wallabies to seven Tests – extending back into the final World Cup in 2015 – and will now face the winner of Saturday’s additional quarter-final between New Zealand and Ireland following Saturday at Yokohama for a location in the final.
Australia enrolled the opening points of the quarter-final if Billy Vunipola was chased for a high attack and Lealiifano drove home from 38 metres for 3-0 on 12 minutes.
However, England pressure told on 18 minutes down the wing as May dived on his 50th England look, using all the Wallabies defence sucked lean. Three minutes later, he scored again since Slade intercepted a David Pocock pass onto his own 22, strode clear and intelligently trimmed beforehand.
The bounce was type to May, and that he was too fast for Samu Kerevi, diving . Farrell, as he did for the opener, then transformed off the touchline.
Needing another interception at a defensive position on 26 minutes, Slade was subsequently caught offside and Lealiifano exploited over from close range to decrease the deficit to 14-6.
England responded with a penalty of their own, but Australia would have the final say of the half since Sinckler gave away a penalty for collapsing the scrum departing the half-time score 17-9.
Three minutes into the second interval, Koroibete finished a magnificent relocation following Reece Hodge had discovered Jordan Petaia with a long, raking overhaul and also the 19-year-old fed Koroibete with an inside ball.
But England’s answer was instantaneous. May and Watson made the in-roads with incisive jogging, until scrum-half Ben Youngs produced a gorgeous horizontal miss-pass for Sinckler to shoot about the run and romp on the line.
Farrell extended the England result in 11 points on 51 moments until Australia double turned down routine shots at goal for assaulting set-pieces.
It all proved in vain when Sinckler ripped back ownership from Naisarani metres out of his try-line before Genia knocked on at the next ruck near halfway after England’s clearance kick.
Youngs knocked on at the act of attempting to score at the corner 64 minutes, however the scrum-half had darted on penalty advantage, allowing Farrell to kick over three more points as a consequence of a Rory Arnold side-entry in the maul.
Farrell struck off the tee after another Australia maul violation using seven minutes leftbefore Watson maintained an intercept attempt off a long Beale pass late on to inflate the scoreline further. The last stages did bring about a possible worry for Jones however, as try scorer May appeared to go down the tunnel using a hamstring injury.
This is a strange game. Australia dominated ownership (64 percent ), gained far more metres in assault (568m to England’s 274m), forced double the conveys (151 to 71) and had significantly more gain-line success (57 to 36).
England turned over ball in critical areas at crucial moments though and so were clinical in attack.
Jones’ back-row of both Curry, Underhill and Vunipola outshined Pocock, Hooper and Naisarani – that the area in which the Wallabies are usually more powerful – which won the Evaluation.
That capacity to flip more ballprotect it, then unleash May, Slade, Tuilagi and Watson had been match-defining.
Farrell’s blowing off – an issue from Argentina – was exemplary. He did not look likely to miss from anywhere – type needed from a 10 to win a World Cup.
The reverse side is that if England devote as much possession to the All Blacks or Ireland, they will almost certainly be defeated.
Give those sides which spell out time around the chunk, that chance create line-breaks and defeat and to gain metres is really a near-inevitability. An is demanded.
Discpline are also an issue for Jones, using conceded eight penalties but five in their half.
And lastly, injuries. If May will have a hamstring complaint – having pulled when chasing Koroibete back late on, iced it and then gone down the tunnel to leave England with 14 – that would be a disaster.
The wing is enjoying with the rugby of his lifetime.