England beat Australia 40-16 to make Rugby World Cup semi-finals
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By Tom Fordyce
Sports writer at Oita Stadium
As they discharged old rivals Australia england are to the World Cup semi-finals for the very first time in 12 years.
2 first-half attempts in four minutes from Jonny May on his 50th cap assisted launch a 17-9 half-time direct before a sensational score from Marika Koroibete brought the Wallabies to within a stage.
But prop Kyle Sinckler smashed through from Owen Farrells flat pass as England recovered controller, the fly-half landing 20 points with his boot to crush Australian hopes until Anthony Watson applied the coup de grace with a late interception attempt.
When they have been analyzed, the choice of coach Eddie Jones to start Farrell set up of George Ford vindicated by a seventh win within his home country, it was Englands top operation of a World Cup.
England were sent packing from the championship that they hosted by Michael Cheikas side.
But by means of the youthful back-row combination of Tom Curry along with Sam Underhill exceptional, this really was sweet revenge, a last-four assembly with New Zealand or Ireland in one weeks time the rich reward.
Australia came out fast and battered away in the England defence, the guys in white forced to 30 tackles in the first few minutes, Christian Lealiifanos punishment representing the premature equilibrium of power.
However, after England had twice wasted overlaps in the resistance 22, they broke to stun the Wallabies.
First Farrell went together with the defence stretched before putting May Curry committed the previous guy, and after Watson had made inroads down the appropriate.
Farrell curled above the conversion from the touchline and also English celebrations ringing across the stadium Australia handed over another present that was priceless.
David Pocock threw a naturally loose pass in midfield, Henry Slade accumulated, charged into area and kicked cleverly forward and May gathered the bouncing ball to dip into the identical little patch past the try-line.
After Slade strayed offside but Farrell popped to reestablish the 11-point lead on the half-hour lealiifano brought back it to.
And there was relief among the gold-shirted support when a scrum punishment following a run from Samu Kerevi allowed Lealiifano to make it 17-9 at the period.
Australia was nine points down to Fiji and also 15 into Wales in the group stage before charging back, and in moments of the restart they had closed the gap to a single point.
Space was seen by winger Reece Hodge outside Slade and drove a pass to 19-year-old Jordan Petaia, also Koroibete came accelerating on his interior.
England struck back immediately in fashion that is similar although it was a stunning try.
Following a bad kick from the fighting Will Genia, England battered to over 25 metres prior to Farrells sweet flat pass found Sinckler hammering like a runaway dumper-truck for his first international try.
Farrell created it 27-16 following the scrum splintered of Australia after which the defence held firm on their very own line before Farrell twisted with two more penalties despite Wallaby prices.
Together with Australia 17 points down and time exercising, Watson picked off Beales desperate extended overhaul in pursuit of Hooper, and England could celebrate a first win in knock-out soccer since 2007.
England head coach Eddie Jones:They arrived back in the second half and we had to find ourselves. It was one of thesebring it. We had to choose if move person we were going to stay at it and I thought it was fantastic.
We are so excited about the semi-final. We havent been at our best yet and that is the struggle to determine how we could reach our finest.
England captain Owen Farrell:Australia produced a fantastic game. They attacked during however, our boys did well in defence and managed to find some field position. When weve field position we could be dangerous, we all know
We did what was needed. We had the direct and Australia threw everything at us. We wanted to play with the game at our pace and we did this in the second half.
England scrum-half Ben Youngs:We trapped in there, the vital point was midway in the second half on the lineup once we pushed them back, pushed them back.
Were probably going in 2nd gear in these very first few games, but we moved through the gears today.
England: Daly; Watson, Slade, Tuilagi, May; Farrell (capt), Youngs; M Vunipola, George, Sinckler; Itoje, Lawes; Curry, Underhill, B Vunipola.
Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Marler, Cole Ludlam Ford, Joseph.
Australia: Beale; Hodge, Petaia, Kerevi, Koroibete; Lealiifano, Genia; Alaalatoa, Latu, Sio; Arnold, Rodda; Naisarani, Hooper (capt), Pocock.
Replacements: Uelese, Slipper, Tupou Salakaia-Loto Toomua, OConnor.
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