England thrash Australia 40-16 to reach World Cup semi-final

England v Australia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final

England have progressed to the World Cup semi-final after beating Australia 33-16 in Oita.

It was always going to be an interesting match-up with England averaging the most kicks in play per game during the group stage (29) with Australian averaging the fewest (13).

Interesting wasn't exactly the best word to describe the opening 10 minutes which was almost entirely taken up by scrums.

That was until Australia was given a penalty and Christian Lealiifano gave them a 3-0 lead.

But it only served to spark England into action.

Six minutes later, Jonny May - on his 50th appearance for his country - scored the first try of the match on the left wing.

And it was a dream two minutes for England as May scored another try when he latched onto Henry Slade’s brilliant forward kick after realising he didn’t have the pace to score a try of his own.

Owen Farrell slotted both conversions away.

Eddie Jones’ men took a 17-9 lead into the half-time break.

The Wallabies needed to start quickly in the second-half and they did just that with Marika Koroibete using his incredible pace to score under the posts.

Suddenly, it was 17-16.

But England responded in style with tighthead prop Kyle Sinckler powering his way through Australia's defensive line.

What a moment and what a reaction from England.

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After such a frenetic start to the second period, the match turned scrappy with failed scrum after failed scrum.

But that suited England with a late Anthony Watson try seeing them ease to a 40-16 victory. 

England will now play the winner of New Zealand vs Ireland with their quarter-final taking place later today.

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