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England have not beaten the All Blacks since their famous win at Twickenham, despite having faced them on seven occasions since. Regardless, ahead of their highly-anticipated semi-final showdown on Saturday in Yokohama, there is reason for optimism. Defence can keep All Blacks in check There was an air of uncertainty in the opening 18 minutes as Australia moved seamlessly through their gears, using Samu Keveri to hit hard and free up the space for Jordan Petaia to probe the wide channels.
The second defining moment of the contest came in the 59th minute after Australia had opted to take an attacking scrum in front of the posts as they attempted to claw back an point deficit.
This was a dominant performance despite England operating with just 36 per cent of possession and 38 per cent of territory, making tackles to just 79 by Australia.
Our defence in and around that 22 was very good I thought. We pride ourselves on our defence. We call it try-scoring defence. And you saw a couple of them there.
England never looked flustered or ragged even when it was briefly a one-point game, oozing confidence in their structures and systems as their togetherness shone through. No one tried to solve it on their own, we just stuck at it and eventually ground it down.
That showed. Japan Rugby World Cup Read more The Miyazaki effect Concerns England might be under-cooked because of the cancellation of the final pool match against France proved unfounded. Instead, the rest period back at their Miyazaki base proved to be a significant advantage that could also prove influential against the All Blacks.
It was the fourth time in succession that England have dominated Australia in the second half, in it was ; , and last year The way we felt on the field was sharp but it was nice to be challenged.
We had to really dig in at times, defensively. And the way the game was played it was very fast and physically we are in a pretty good place.
We were able to put a few things in place that we were able to fall back on next week. That gave us time to potentially go back to those things and whoever we play in the semi-final might see that. Jones then had the luxury of changing his attacking structure by introducing George Ford at fly-half on the hour, with Farrell switching to inside centre.
He is growing all the time and the challenge for him this week — again — is how he gets his personal prep right, as opposed to being captain of a team that carries a lot of expectation, a lot of weight and, in that way, a lot of external pressure.