Saturday, 26 October 2019 12:08


England will play in the World Cup final for the fourth time. Plenty of people did not believe they could beat the All Blacks, but from the first minute Eddie Jones's team betrayed no hint that they thought that way.

They made the perfect start, Manu Tuilagi finishing off a rousing opening salvo with a try inside 100 seconds.

There were heroes all over the pitch for England, who were unrelenting. They wasted opportunities for another touchdown - and had two tries disallowed - but the tackling of Sam Underhill and the sheer power of Maro Itoje were beacons in a superb team performance.

With Owen Farrell carrying a knock, George Ford kicked four penalties - the All Blacks proving very generous in giving him opportunities and irritating referee Nigel Owens in the process.

For the first time in the tournament, the All Blacks looked short of ideas when they could escape England's ferocious clutches. Even their try, from Ardie Savea, was a gift from an England lineout - a rare mistake from the men in white.

Attendance: 68,843.