Rugby World Cup: England Beat Australia 40-16, Reach The Semifinals

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The English team earned a place in the Rugby World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years as they beat Australia 40-16 in the quarterfinals on October 19

Written By Ruchit Rastogi | Mumbai | Updated On:
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The English team earned a place in the Rugby World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years as they beat Australia 40-16 on October 19. England outscored the Australian team by 4 tries to one in order to match up to their win against the same team in 2017. They have now beaten Australia a total of 7 times while being managed by Eddie Jones.

A 14-3 lead in the first half

Winger, Jonny May, scored a total of 2 tries in 3 minutes right in the first half to help his team gain a 14-3 lead over their Australian counterparts. Although, they suffered a scare as their lead was cut down to a mere 1 point when Australian winger, Marika Koroibete, attempted a solo run from the half-line. 

England's tighthead prop, Kyle Sinckler, was the one behind the match-defining contribution, as he immediately responded to Marika Koroibete's run and then turned over the ball on England's try line. 

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Full-back, Anthony Watson, added the fourth try from a play that was intercepted and Fly-half, Owen Farrell's conversion, awarded the English team with 20 points for the quarterfinal match. 

Third-time unlucky

Australia has failed to reach the Rugby World Cup semifinals for the third time in 9 World Cup's they have been a part of and all three of their ousters from the tournament have come at the hands of England. 

Jonny May captained England has he capped his 50th international appearance and is now on 27 international tries. His 2 tries helped England cement an unbeatable lead that their Australian counterparts were never able to overcome.

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A double for Jonny May

May's first try came in the 18th minute that was received by him at the end of a passing tactic from the right side to the left against a loose Australian defense. The skipper just had to collect a pass from flanker, Tom Curry and run down in the corner. 

His second try was a result of flanker, Henry Slade's improvisation on the field, who had received a pass from openside flanker, David Pocock, on the quarter line and moved forward and as he realized that he was going to get tackled by Koroibete, he kicked the ball to his left so that Jonny had the chance to run down and find the left corner again.

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(With inputs from agencies)

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