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England pulls stunts to kick Rugby World Cup Semi-Final off to an exciting start

Manu Tuilagi scores the Rugby World Cup opening try for England two minutes into the match against New Zealand in Yokohama, Japan, 26 October 2019
Manu Tuilagi scores the Rugby World Cup opening try for England two minutes into the match against New Zealand in Yokohama, Japan, 26 October 2019 Reuters/Issei Kato

England led 10-0 against against top ranking New Zealand at half time in the first Rugby World Cup semi-final on Saturday in Japan.  England, ranked second, displayed agressive tactics from the off. The match promises to be full-on from start to finish.

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Within the first two minutes of the game, the score stood at 7-0 to England after a try from 28 year-old Manu Tuilagi. Captain Owen Farrell made the conversion.

As the half-time whistle was about to sound, George Ford scored a penalty giving the England team a 10-0 lead.

The All Blacks defending champions prepared for the fray as always with their traditional 'Haka' war dance.

At the Rugby Union World Cup, England v New Zealand, the All Blacks perform the Haka traditional dance before the match begins. - International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan, 26 October, 2019..
At the Rugby Union World Cup, England v New Zealand, the All Blacks perform the Haka traditional dance before the match begins. - International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan, 26 October, 2019.. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

But their rivals were determined not to be impressed. The England team formed a 'V' in response and three England players brazenly crossed the halfway line to stare down the All Blacks.
Officials called at them to retreat. They stayed put.

Whichever side wins Saturday evening's match, will meet either Wales or South Africa in the final, after Sunday's second semi-final.

 

 

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