England Beat New Zealand To Reach The 2019 Rugby World Cup Final
England have booked their place in the Rugby World Cup final by beating defending champions New Zealand 19-7 in the semi-final at the International Stadium Yokohama.
Eddie Jones' men, who went into the clash as the underdogs, stunned the tournament favourites in the opening two minutes after Manu Tuilagi secured a try.
Both Kyle Sinckler and Courtney Lawes completed superb offloads and put New Zealand on the back foot, which eventually opened the opportunity for Tuilagi to break through the defence and secure the opening try.
England increased their lead to 10-0 going into half-time as George Ford successfully stepped up and converted a penalty.
Elliot Daly failed to extend England's lead early in the second half with a missed penalty.
Ben Youngs thought he had put England in a comfortable position after he scored a try.
But the television match official (TMO) was called into action and ruled out the decision as the ball was bobbled forward at the back of the maul.
Jones' side, who were superb in the first half, extended their lead to 13-0 through Ford's penalty.
But World Cup holders New Zealand continued to fight back and made a breakthrough after Ardie Savea scored a try.
And England's lead was slashed after Richie Mounga converted for his side.
Ford would provide breathing space for England as he scored from a penalty again and put them 16-7 up.
And the 26-year-old England star once again stepped up and scored another penalty to put England 19-7 up against New Zealand.
England will now play against the winner of Wales and South Africa at the final on 2nd November at the International Stadium Yokohama.
Wales and South Africa's semi-final clash is scheduled for 27th October in Yokohama.
New Zealand will play against the loser of the other semi-final clash in a third-place play-off on 1st November in Chofu.
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