First two quarterfinals of 2019 rugby world cup have been concluded on Saturday 19th October and we’ve got lineup for the 1st semifinal. England rugby team beat two-time rwc champion Australia in the first quarterfinal by 40-16 meanwhile three-time winner and current world champions New Zealand thrashed Ireland by 46-14 to claim semi-final spot.
England beat Australia in 1st quarterfinal
Two arch rivals Australia and England were scheduled to face off each other in the first quarterfinal game and since both teams are champions of the tournament, it was confirmed that one of them would go to home and this time it’s Wallabies who suffered defeat.
From the start of the game, England was on the role and players didn’t allow Wallabies to settle down. Tom Curry was the player of the match for England. He sensational at the defense and stopped Australian players from making count.
“We emptied everything into this but we didn’t get it which is pretty gutting,” Wallabies captain Michael Hooper said after the defeat.
“The better team won. I was supposed to get this done for the people here and for Australians. I’m so disappointed,” Australian coach Michael Cheika said after the game.
New Zealand thumped Ireland in 2nd quarterfinal
Title defending champions started solid in the second knockout game of the day and they took 10-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of the game. After completion of half time, All blacks were leading with 22-0 scoreline which wasn’t easy for Ireland rugby to narrow down the margin.
“Our bench came on and made an impact. Rory Best, you’ve been a legend of the game so thanks for what you’ve given to the game,” All Black captain Kieran Read said after the victory.
“We’ve been a little bit flat all season which is disappointing. Thank you to my players and these supporters. It has been a privilege for me,” Irish coach Joe Schmidt said after the defeat.
Beauden Barrett was awarded player of the match award for his 1 try, 1 try assist and 21 carries in the crucial quarterfinal match. New Zealand beat Ireland by 46-14 score.
England and New Zealand will take on each other in the first semi-final of rugby wc on 26 October 2019 in Yokohama.