Eddie Jones’ men have been able to make it to the Rugby World Cup finals for the first time after they defeated New Zealand’s All Blacks in the semi finals in Japan by 19-7 in what was a mouth watering encounter.
It is 12 years since New Zealand lost a game at a World Cup but, on this famous night in Yokohama, they had no answers.
It was a tactical masterclass. An exhibition of power and precision and turnovers and outright destruction at the gain line.
England will move onto next week’s final – against Wales or South Africa – as favourites. This was unstoppable. On a night where England dominated the midfield of the All Blacks, it all looked like the Roses were going through.
Under Jones, anything shot of winning the title is just something that England weren’t ready to entertain after massively investing in the team. After the realization that they would be meeting New Zealand in the semi finals, England came to the realization that even a semi final knockout would still be a good tournament as they would be going up against the best.
Led out by Owen Farrel, England set out to shock the defending champions who were looking to win the title for the 3 consecutive time. As the All Blacks went about with the Haka, England players formed a V shape and just had smirk faces through out.
Maro Itoje was the absolute difference on the night where Ford was absolute sublime with the penalties as both players continued to give England the difference in the game, Itoje made the interceptions, turnovers and blocks that England depended.
With New Zealand a man down, England just capitalized on that to set themselves apart and creating gap between themselves in what was a very cagey game.
England are now just one week away from an infamous victory that will see them win the World cup and mark such a memorable year for the country where the cricket team has already flourished and won their world cup too.
Author: Moses Echodu
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