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England Beats Australia, Reaches World Cup Semis


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Sat, 19 Oct 2019 20:50 GMT

England thrashed Australia 40-16 in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday October 19th. The victory means that England will play their first World Cup semi-final since 2007 when they lost to South Africa in the final.

England wing Jonny May, celebrating his 50th cap, was the star of the show, producing a fantastic first-half performance scoring two tries early to put his team in front. Marika Koroibete scored a sensational goal to bring the Aussies back into the game.

Kyle Sinckler scored a try to put England back in control before Owen Farrell kicked 20 points to put the game out of Australia's reach. Anthony Watson scored a late interception try to put the icing on the cake for England.

The victory was revenge for England after they were knocked out of the group stages four years ago after being beaten by Australia.

After the game, AFP reported that Farrell praised his side's second-half performance.

"We did what's needed," said Farrell. "We went ahead and obviously Australia made it difficult. We wanted to play the game at our pace, not theirs, and we did that in the second half."

England coach Eddie Jones was in the management of Australia when they were beaten by England 2003 World Cup final. He said he did not have much sympathy for his former team.

"At this time not a lot of sympathy," he smiled. "I'm enjoying the win, I think I'm allowed to."

England will play defending champions New Zealand in the semi-finals next Saturday after the All Blacks beat Ireland in their quarter-final later that day.