Rugby World Cup: Superb England to face Springboks after win over All Blacks

George Ford
George Ford kicked four penalties in England's World Cup semi-final win over New Zealand

England produced a dominant performance against New Zealand to reach the 2019 World Cup Final, where they'll meet 2007 winners South Africa. Mike Norman has the details...

"But anyone thinking that would spark a New Zealand fightback were mistaken as England defended superbly for the rest of the game, barely looking in any danger of relinquishing their lead and adding two further penalties to win 19-7."

England are in the Rugby World Cup final after producing a superb display against tournament favourites and defending champions New Zealand in Yokohama on Saturday morning.

Eddie Jones' men were matched at a high of 4.03/1 outsiders to win the semi-final clash but couldn't have wished for a better start when Manu Tuilagi finished off a superb team move to go over the line. Owen Farrell converted to give England a 7-0 lead within two minutes.

TMO denies England two further tries

A successful George Ford penalty gave Jones' men a 10-0 half-time lead - the first time New Zealand had failed to score in a first half of any match since 1991 - but the Televised Match Official (TMO) had a big say in denying England two further tries either side of the interval, perhaps harshly ruling out a Ben Youngs score for a disputable knock-on earlier in the move.

Another Ford penalty stretched England's lead to 13-0 but the All Blacks were gifted a way back into the game just before the hour mark when Jamie George's line-out missed the jumper and Ardie Savea stole in to charge over the line.

But anyone thinking that would spark a New Zealand fightback were mistaken as England defended superbly for the rest of the game, barely looking in any danger of relinquishing their lead and adding two further penalties to win 19-7.

A repeat of 2007

Jones' men now trade at 1.538/15 in the Rugby World Cup Winner market and will play South Africa who triumphed 19-16 Over Wales in Sunday's second semi-final.

The Springboks can be backed at 2.8415/8 to win the World Cup in Saturday's showdown in what will be a repeat of the 2007 final, in which South Africa triumphed 15-6.

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