ENGLAND are heading into their fourth Rugby World Cup final after a stunning victory over New Zealand this morning.
The astonishing semi-final win over the All Blacks in Yokohama ended 19-7 to Eddie Jones’ men.
This was the moment England sealed victory over New Zealand – who won the last two World CupsAFP or licensorsFans watching in London went absolutely berserk when it was all overReutersToday was the first time the All Blacks have lost a World Cup game since 2007 — which was also the last time England reached the final.
They will now play either South Africa or Wales in the final next Saturday.
England fans at the tournament went wild celebrating the incredible performance which saw two English tries disallowed.
Despite gifting the Kiwis a try from a botched lineout midway through the second half, England continued to dominate the game till the very end.
The last time England won the World Cup was the 20-17 victory over Australia in 2003.
New Zealand had won 15 of their last 16 games against England.
But England began this morning’s performance seemingly fearless, scoring a try within the opening minutes of the game.
The brutal pace never let up in the first half — which saw a Sam Underhill try ruled out after Tom Curry blocked off two defenders.
The Englishmen then went 10-0 up before half-time with George Ford’s three-point kick from 45m.
It was the first time the All Blacks failed to score a single point in the first half of a World Cup game for 28 years.
In the second half, England continued to dominate.
Ben Youngs was disappointed to have his try disallowed after replays showed a knock-on in the maul before he scored.
And England continued to rack up points with kicks before New Zealand drew blood of their own with a very soft try from a poor England lineout 24 minutes from time.
But it wasn’t enough to mount an effective comeback, with England sealing the result with a final kick from Ford.
England coach Eddie Jones told the BBC: “Whenever you play against New Zealand, you’re never happy.
“You might beat them on the scoreboard but you never really beat them.”
He added: “We’ve come here to be the world’s best and we haven’t done that yet, so that’s where we need to go.”
One England-loving supporter could hardly contain her excitement at the historic resultAssociated PressAnd fans in the English capital went every bit as bonkers as those in the stadiumPress AssociationToday’s result comes after England demolished Australia 40-16 in the quarter-finalReutersThe final will take place in the same stadium in Yokohama next SaturdayPress AssociationElated supporters in Japan stayed singing after the final whistleAssociated PressRenditions of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot rang out around the country as England advanced this morningPress AssociationEngland triumphed despite two disallowed triesReutersEngland’s supreme kicking game won the match and wowed the crowdGetty Images – GettyThe booze had been flowing all morning in YokohamaGetty Images – GettyBoris Johnson sent his congratulations to the playersTwitterEngland will now play the winner of tomorrow’s semi-final between Wales and South AfricaEPASaint George’s Cross was flown on flags and painted on the faces of the die-hard followersAssociated PressJapanese and English fans alike delighted in the winPress AssociationEngland fans celebrating the incredible win this morningAFP or licensorsFans in the International Stadium witnessed a breathtaking performance by EnglandReutersBen Youngs roars as England run rampant on the All BlacksGetty Images – GettySupporters had faith in England before the game kicked off in Yokohama this morningPA:Press AssociationThere’s now just seven days and one more game between England and the World Cup titleAFP or licensorsToday’s clash was the first World Cup tie between the two nations for 20 yearsGetty Images – Getty
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