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L’England trembled, however England reached the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup. Moribund at the opening of this competitors, the XV de la Rose discovered some shade to lastly qualify for the sixth semi-final in its historical past after being scared till the finish in opposition to the Fijians in response (30-24 ) Sunday October 15, in Marseille.

But he’ll undoubtedly have to seek out different recipes than a dependable scorer (Owen Farrell) to hope to beat on Saturday at the Stade de France the winner of the conflict between France and South Africa proposed in the night on the grass of Saint -Denis. Two opponents with whom they’ve scores to settle: the spanking inflicted by the Blues at Twickenham in the Six Nations Tournament in March (53-10) and the correction in the ultimate of the 2019 World Cup in Japan (32-12) by the Springboks .

“In Fiji, the sick come back to life when we win,” defined Seremaïa Baï, Fijian assistant coach, this week. But throughout this 2023 World Cup, it’s certainly the XV de la Rose which resurrected itself by rising undefeated from its group D earlier than erasing the humiliation suffered at the finish of August in its lair of Twickenham, when it bowed for the first time in its historical past (30-22) in opposition to the “Flying Fijians” throughout the final preparation match. Steve Borthwick’s males, nevertheless, scared themselves till the finish, letting the Fijians come again to their degree (24-24) ten minutes from the ultimate whistle.

Fiji had 5 minutes of insanity

After two nearly copy-pasted makes an attempt from their facilities, Tuilagi (14e) then Marchant (23e), in bulldozer mode, it was the foot of opener Farrell who furnished the scoreboard. And the Fijians appeared too inconsistent to actually disturb them, with the solely flash of magic in the first half being this go between the legs of fly-half Botitu for Mata’s attempt (28e), recovering a ball mendacity on the floor about ten meters from the English line.

But in the house of 5 minutes, all the pieces nearly modified for the XV de la Rose. Test of the Ravai pillar in energy (64e), then one other attempt from opener Botitu, after an excellent full-field breakthrough from his second line Nasilasila (69e): with the two transformations, the Fijians have been again on observe. And England had conceded as many tries (3) in a single match as since the begin of the World Cup, whereas its protection appeared in place…

But it was lastly the foot of the opener Owen Farrell, with a drop first (72e) then a ultimate penalty (77e), which despatched England to the semi-final, beneath the gaze of Princess of Wales Kate. A Farrell who has taken a step additional in comparison with the legend Jonny Wilkinson as high scorer in the historical past of the XV de la Rose (1,206 factors in opposition to 1,179 now).

A lenient draw for the English

“We were in control for the vast majority of the time, but there was a sequence where they scored tries in quick succession that only they could score,” commented Steve Borthwick after the match: “But I “I’m happy with the way my players handled it afterwards.”

“I’m a little speechless,” conceded Simon Raiwalui, the Fijian coach: “But I couldn’t be more proud of the boys. They built something for the next generation, a foundation for us to build on. We are working for the long term, for the 2027 and 2031 World Cups.”

We due to this fact arrived in the semi-final, because of a positive draw and a bunch D which had not provided him any sturdy opponent, besides a combative Argentina who additionally certified in the semi-finals after her exploit in opposition to the Welsh on Saturday, the English due to this fact have per week to progress additional. And hope to get a fifth place in the ultimate.

If the odds of the bookmakers will undoubtedly not be on their aspect, the figures are extra reassuring: England have solely been overwhelmed as soon as of their 5 semi-finals, in 1995, defeated 45-29 by Jonah Lomu’s All Blacks. And they beat France in 2003 and 2007…