NEW ZEALAND CRASHED AS ENGLAND POWERED INTO FINAL
England reached their first Rugby World Cup final in 12 years after a stunning victory over three-time world champions New Zealand. The All Blacks had not lost a World Cup game in 12 years and had won 15 of the past 16 games between the two nations. But England were different on Saturday with Eddie Jones tactical masterpiece, they overpowered the reigning champion to take a slot in the final.
England had a good start as they stormed into a 10-0 lead, Manu Tuilagi‘s second-minute try and a long-range penalty from George Ford. They could have gone further if tries by Sam Underhill and Ben Youngs had not been ruled out by the TMO decisions.
Ford scored another penalty nine minutes after the break to increase the pressure on the All Blacks. However Ardie Savea gave New Zealand a fighting chance with a try in the 56th minute. But most of the time, England were very solid and unbreakable. They got another six points from two successful penalties by Ford in the 62nd and 68th minutes.
It was one of the most entertaining match England had played in this World Cup. New Zealand played their match but England were too brilliant to be taken down. It will be England fourth appearance in the final, and they are in a great form to clinch their second World Cup title on November 2nd.