England have knockout Australia from the 2019 Rugby World cup that is currently happening in Japan. The 3 Roses were absolutely dominant as they dispatched old rivals.
The England team had taken over 12 years without making it to the semi finals of the Rugby World cup and this win against Wallabies is something both the players and the fans will welcome.
Back in the No 10 jersey, Owen Farrell was immaculate with the boot. Back in the No 13 jersey, Henry Slade produced a game-changing moment with a deft kick up there with the best. And in the forwards, Sam Underhill and Tom Curry outplayed and out muscled the iconic pairing of David Pocock and Michael Hooper.
England’s players gathered in a huddle on the final whistle and breathed a sigh of relief that has been building up since 2015.
For the opening 10 minutes, England looked riddled by nerves. Australia were allover the 3 Roses as they mounted the pressure on their defense.
They launched an early 18-siege phase on England’s line, with Will Genia setting the tempo from the base of the ruck. Aged 19, Jordan Petaia was tipped for a baptism of fire on his first Test start at centre, but he played the opening 10 minutes like a young Sonny Bill Williams.
England had to make 30 tackles in the opening minutes, as the Wallabies antagonised Kyle Sinckler at the scrum with elbows and head pats. With 12 minutes on the clock, Billy Vunipola was penalised for a high tackle and Christian Lealifano kicked the opening points.
This was the game that England – and Eddie Jones – simply could not afford to lose. The RFU have invested millions of pounds into Jones’ win-at-all-costs campaign and a quarter final defeat would have represented a catastrophic failure. The walls back at Twickenham would be covered in blood.
They now wait to see who they will face in the Semi finals between Northern Ireland and the New Zealand who are playing in the other quarterfinal.
Whoever ends up being the victor to take on the 3 roses will definitely make a huge semi final clash as both are very strong opponents that should give England a good run.
Reaching the semi-final is a ‘pass’. Fans do not need to change their flights and return to the rainy runways of Heathrow. They are happy. Losing to the All Blacks in the likely semi-final would be nothing other than expected, so Jones is clear of any inquests into where it all went wrong.
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Author: Moses Echodu
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