World Cup: England 40 Australia 16
PUBLISHED: 10:59 19 October 2019 | UPDATED: 10:59 19 October 2019
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England stormed into the World Cup semi-finals as two tries from Jonny May underpinned a record-equalling victory over Australia at Oita Stadium.
May celebrated his 50th cap by touching down twice in the first half but a seventh successive win against the Wallabies was truly founded on a ferocious defence led by man of the match Tom Curry.
Four years ago it was Australia who dumped England out of their own World Cup at the group stage, but their revenge for that humiliation was crushing.
Saracens' Owen Farrell revelled in his return at fly-half in place of George Ford, with his pass to Kyle Sinckler for the third try showing his class as ringmaster in a return to form for England's captain.
From the kicking tee he was immaculate as four penalties and four conversions made up a 20-point haul.
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And in further vindication of Eddie Jones' decision to drop Ford in favour of a more muscular midfield, it was Slade's cunning interception and astute grubber that presented May with his second try.
Saracens' Mako and Billy Vunipola, Jamie George and Maro Itoje produced sterling efforts in the forwards for England and Anthony Watson's late interception try capped a stunning display by Eddie Jones' men, who will face either New Zealand or Ireland in the semi-final next weekend.
Farrell said: "I thought Australia made that a brilliant game. They attacked throughout but our boys did well in defence and managed to get some field position off the back of it. We know when we have field position we can be pretty dangerous.
"We did what was needed. We had the lead and Australia were throwing everything at us again. We wanted to play the game at our pace and we did that in the second half."
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