England overpower All Blacks to claim World Cup final berth

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New Zealand will now play the loser of Sunday's South Africa-Wales game in the third and fourth playoff.


Frustrated by the drive England were able to muster, New Zealand were hit hard in the penalty count, especially in goal-kicking range where first five-eighths George Ford landed four penalty goals.


The inability to get their game flowing also saw uncharacteristic release of ball in desperate efforts to get the ball moving, only for it to fall into waiting English hands.


The dual attacking options involving first five-eighths Richie Mo'unga and fullback Beauden Barrett were unrealised while the relentless English effort was summed up in the efforts of lock Maro Itoje who was in the thick of everything the England pack could throw at New Zealand.


Lineout effectiveness, especially in the first half, contributed to New Zealand's inability to get the momentum they needed.


Their loose forwards, Tom Curry and Sam Underhill, hunted together while No.8 Billy Vunipola was a constant in driving ahead with the ball in hand.


England made the perfect start, already having made their response to the haka by forming a V formation and applying pressure from the outset.

They crossed for the first try after only two minutes.


Fullback Elliott Daly made a break. Prop Kyle Sinckler got the ball to first five-eighths George Ford. He broke through and went close to scoring. From the breakdown where lock Courtney Lawes drove ahead before the ball dropped back for centre Manu Tuilagi to drive over.


Keeping the defensive pressure on New Zealand, England gave them little room to move and they almost scored again in the 24th minute when flanker Sam Underhill crossed, but a TMO check showed New Zealand had been obstructed in defence and the try was denied.


However, there were increasing signs in the latter stages of the first half of the toll being felt by England with New Zealand slipping ball down the flanks as lock Brodie Retallick and flanker Scott Barrett, who was replaced by Sam Cane at halftime, began to find room and with fullback Beauden Barrett working well with centre Jack Goodhue to try and create opportunities, especially on the left flank.


Consecutive penalties at the start of the second half got England into the All Blacks' corner. England mounted a drive and as the ball was released halfback Ben Youngs raced through a gap and scored. However, the try was reviewed by the TMO and a ball had been transferred forward in the maul resulting in the try being disallowed.


A scrum was awarded to New Zealand and the ball was momentarily cleared.

After Ford added another penalty goal in the 48th minute, the All Blacks started to get more ball to play with and after a concerted period with the ball the introduction of bench players made an impact.


After a set lineout move saw replacement hooker Dane Coles run onto ball around the back of the lineout New Zealand were able to move the ball at speed. Centre Sonny Bill Williams was able to lob an overhand pass to wing Sevu Reece. As he raced toward the corner he was hit in by replacement England centre Henry Slade.


A TMO look was taken for a shoulder tackle but it was ruled not to be an offence.


But from the lineout, England messed their throw and the ball fell easily to flanker Ardie Savea who just had to fall over the goalline for the All Blacks' first try in the 56th minute.


New Zealand got on the wrong side of the penalty count and Ford landed another penalty goal, it also came with a general warning for any defensive infringements.


Scorers: New Zealand 7 (Ardie Savea try; Richie Mo'unga con) England 19 (Manu Tuilagi tries; Owen Farrell con; George Ford 4 pen). HT: 0-10


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