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By Tom Fordyce
Sports author in Oita, Japan
You win a World Cup quarter-final by adhering 40 points onto a individuals and staff begin talking – of where this may end. People today look forward and people start to fantasy.
Which is why the main stuff that was said over Australia in the aftermath of Englands 40-16 win came in captain Owen Farrell, as his team was held by him out about the Oita pitch long after its conclusion all.
Its low-key, that. It is 40 points – 40 points! Dont allow it to take anything this match, from you. because it was a brilliant performance, and it is coming. And it is going to be better.
Farrell has been older, red-blooded when the pitches are flying in but cold and unencumbered by fear and doubt in these moments that are silent that are small when others crack and liquefy.
And so he held on to what plenty of other Englishmen were letting go and letting fly. A large step forward but one that must be followed by other people. Keep something back, as a quarter-final on its own is not anything to specify a career.
The thousands of white-shirted England fans flowing back to the cramped bars and ramen-shops of Oita and Beppu were jumping into following week all the same. A margin of victory would be Englands greatest in a World Cup knockout game. Have Australia lost so intensely at this stage or beyond. Have they lost by a perimeter that was so great to England.
Points that are forty seems like domination. It seems one-sided. So the element of Englands victory was that it pulled it by maintaining the Wallabies in bay by ripping them apart.
England had only a third of their ownership and roughly the same of territory. Once Marika Koroibete skinned Elliot Daly on the exterior like a huge brother breezing past his kid cousin , yet just for a few minutes at the onset of the second half, did they ever look in any type of trouble.
World winners New Zealand have made a habit of winning without too much of the ball. It is about striking when youve got it rather than on when it is sideways and slow holding.
England consumed all Australia can throw at them, which was a significant amount in the early minutes of each half. They felled gold-shirted runners with the type of constant enjoyment which makes defence coaches dab off a joyful tear.
The stats by the end were notable in any game, let alone one acquired with 26 points. Twenty tackles from Sam Underhill. 17 by Farrell, also Jamie George.
No England player in World Cup history had made more than 16 in a game. Tom Curry made 16 and just sneaked into the top five in this game.
Farrell was right. It was a brilliant performance, far more comprehensive than Englands win on the same opponents at the same point in Marseille less anxious than the triumph over Wales about the march to the glory farther back.
The grinds France from the semi-finals of both 2003 and 2007 were feats of all match management and cussedness. This was more relaxing and more nasty and quicker .
It was not flawless. They gave away six penalties in the first halfof which allowed his team to be kept by Christian Lealiifano in touch when their adventurous, frenetic approach kept presenting all the most generous of offerings to England.
This was a group that England had defeated six times over the rebound. In each of the previous few years they have put at least 18 second-half points on Michael Cheikas men.
For their vision, this is a Wallabies team who lacked the capability to perform with with the old-fashioned cavalier Aussie way that Cheika demanded.
Sometimes there is a a good idea. Sometimes tucking the ball under your arm and waiting is better than flinging around it with hope that is wide-eyed, by taking two measures particularly whenever ownership is slowing down .
You would happily take one that took at a Argentina, USA, Tonga along with a team you have repeatedly cantered past In the event you were able to choose a path into a World Cup semi-final.
But there was so much which was right that the All Blacks roadblock ahead next Saturday abruptly looks because it does intimidating as enticing.
Curry and Underhill, aged 21 and 23 respectively, have 30 caps between afterward. Michael Hooper and david Pocock, 27 and 31, have a total of 182. It was the kamikaze children who won that struggle, just as Farrells display – eight from eight off the tee, a pass of sweet timing to ship Kyle Sinckler crashing away in Manu Tuilagi style for the dent which stopped the comeback dead in its tracks – warranted Eddie Jones choice to shed George Ford into the seat and shift his skipper inside.
The mistake Curry made all day attempted to shake the hands of this woman introducing his man-of-the-match champagne to him. There will be lots of others if he keeps up this level.
Farrell has now scored 154 points from Australia, over northern hemisphere player. The previous record was held by Jonny Wilkinson, and we all remember how that ended.
This is an tight five who can do all of the things that are excellent that old English tight fives can do, and also carry and power and step as others might never have envisioned. There is menace and speed around a depth on the bench and the wings in Jonny May and Anthony Watson that claims greater.
Farrell developed in its own center and grew up in rugby. He understands, as does anyone who watched the world champions demolition. He knows, whats more, what has to come next.
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