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England secured their place in the 2019 World Championship's final with a 19-7 win in a match that exceeded all expectations. England made the perfect start with Tuilagi’s try inside 100 seconds making it the fastest try scored against the All Blacks in World Cup history.
England used their big ball carriers to punch holes in the All Black defence but key turnovers have gone New Zealand’s way in their 22.
Ford’s late penalty gave England a 10-point margin at halftime, but there were two main worries for them: Farrell’s injury and the fact that they should have had a few more points to reflect their dominance.
New Zealand replaced Scott Barrett with Sam Cane as they came back onto the field in a desperate effort to negate England's dominance at the breakdown.
New Zealand scored their first points of the match after a mistake by England on their tryline after fifty-seven minutes. However, as England increased the pressure on New Zealand, the penalty count started to reflect the desperation of New Zealand.
New Zealand has not been kept to single digits in a World Cup match since the 2011 final, which they won 8-7 against France. England powered their way to the 2019 World Cup Championship Final with a convincing 19-7 victory making them the favourites for the final in a week.
England: Try: Manu Tuilagi. Conversion: Owen Farrell. Penalties: George Ford (3).
All Blacks: Try: Ardie Savea. Conversion: Richie Mo'unga.