The Pool stages feel like a distant memory, the Quarter-Finals are done and dusted – we are in to the pressure tests – it’s the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Finals.
Quarter Finals Results:
England 40 – 16 Australia
New Zealand 46 – 14 Ireland
Wales 20 – 19 France
Japan 3 – 26 South Africa
QUARTER FINALS REVIEW
Arguably the key moment out of all of the quarter-finals came in the 49th minute of the Wales vs France match, when French lock Sebastien Vahaamahina received a red card following an elbow to Welsh flanker Aaron Wainwright. France were 19-10 up at the time, but went on to lose the match by a solitary point, 20-19.
Elsewhere, England were clinical in a strong performance against a Wallabies side who dominated the early possession but then lost their way as the rose of England ran out 40 points to 16 victors. The All Blacks, Rugby World Cup 2015 Winners, looked dangerous in their demolition of Ireland. A brilliant performance from the kiwis saw them win 46 points to 14 in what was Ireland skipper, Rory Best’s farewell international in the famous green of Ireland. In the final quarter-final of the weekend, the popular hosts, Japan, produced a battling display, dominating possession in the first half against the Springboks, but were unable to make their 68% possession pay. Despite only leading 5-3 at half time, South Africa were clinical in the second period as they ran out 26 points to 3 winners over the Brave Blossoms, ending their impressive tournament on home soil.
RWC 2019 Quarter-Finals match Highlights:
England vs Australia:
New Zealand vs Ireland:
Wales vs France:
Japan vs South Africa:
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THE WEEK AHEAD
Semi-Final Week is always filled with excitement and trepidation! We’re at the business end! This is what the past 5 weeks have been building towards. There’s just 4 matches remaining - We cannot wait for the action to start, but we do not want the action to stop.
Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Finals? Bring it on!
SET YOUR ALARMS:
Saturday 26th October: England vs New Zealand – 09:00 UK, 17:00 Local
Sunday 27th October: Wales vs South Africa – 09:00 UK, 18:00 Local.
(If you’re in the UK, don’t forget the clocks go back!)