England 19 New Zealand 7
England put a stop to New Zealand’s impressive record in the Rugby World Cup with an impressive 19-7 win at the Nissan Stadium. New Zealand were looking to retain the cup for the third time for Eddie Jones’ charges put in inspiring performance to reach next weekend’s final against South Africa or Wales.
England to be fair were fully deserving of the win, it was no fluke, they forced the All Blacks in a countless number of mistakes that weren’t their when they played Ireland in the quarter-final. They were more hungry, they looked stronger and faster with the ball in hand. The back row was excellent as was man of the match Maro Itoje. The wins see New Zealand lose their first World Cup match since 2007, while for England, they reach the final for the 4th time since 2007.
England had a try inside the opening 2 minutes. England had all the possession in the opening 2 minutes and the pressure finally told on New Zealand. Manu Tuilagi crossing the line. Owen Farrell was conducting the orchestra as he so often does. England pushed further clear but in all honesty only for the TMO the All Blacks could have been further than 10 points down at the break. George Forde kicked over a penalty as England looked dominant.
Steve Hansen was trying every move in the book to force a comeback bringing on Sam Cane and throwing in Scotty Barrett as a flanker. England pushed on in the second half and once again hit the All Blacks with a huge amount of pressure early on. Ben Youngs crossed over for a try only for Nigel Owens and his TMO to intervene and bring it back for a knock on, 46 minutes now played.
George Ford knocked over a penalty to extend the England advantage to 13-0, but then New Zealand were given a lifeline when Jamie George threw a poor lineout straight into the hands of Julian Savea who went over the line for a try. However, England were not going to be denied, they themselves went back down the pitch where Jordie Barrett was met with a ferocious tackle by Sam Underhill to force a knock-on. England now in an attacking position and after New Zealand gave another penalty away Ford kicked over 16-7 now.
Both sides made changes then to freshen things up but England were still in the ascendancy, Sam Underhill, Maro Itoje and Tom Currie absolutely superb. Ford kicked another penalty to close out the game as England record a famous win over the All-Blacks they will now fancy their chances of going all the way.