Sunday, from 10 am, the Welsh hope to qualify at the expense of South Africans for the first final of their history. What would also constitute a 100% European unpublished poster.
It was yesterday
England – New Zealand (19-7). The shock was announced in the draw for the World Cup, and made thanks to this expectation: the two teams delivered an intense match, which the English have finally mastered thanks to their very aggressive defense. A first strike with a test from the second minute of Manu Tuilagi, a half-open George Ford who did the job by converting the penalties and the English are back in the final, twelve years after their last against South Africa in France (15-6). The humiliation of 2015, when England, the host country of the World Cup, had not passed the stage of pools, begins to fade.
Wales – South Africa (10 hours, Yokohama). The Welsh, France's quarterfinalists, have a tough time against South Africans who have flown over all their matches except for the inaugural defeat against New Zealand. Eight years after the semifinal lost to France and four years after the defeat in the quarter against the same Springboks, the Welsh will try to get their first World Cup final, to offer a first poster unpublished 100% European in the final of a Rugby World Cup.
The French referee of the second semifinal Jérôme Garcès will be particularly under pressure, especially from South Africans. In fourteen meetings he led with the Springboks, they won only four times. The record on the last eleven matches is even worse: only one victory!
The last defeat goes back to the opening match in this World Cup against New Zealand (23-13), during which the decisions of Jerome Garcès, especially on the ground work of South Africans, had been heavily criticized in Africa. from South.
@rugbyworldcup Garces ?? That means Springboks are heading home no matter what happens on the field https://t.co/yWfWzNkpDO
It is (very very) little
Saturday, the offensive animation of New Zealand turned on Calvary face the English pressing. At half-time, the All Blacks had still not earned a single point, a World Cup first since another semifinal lost Mondial in 1991 against Australia (16-6).
We also have to go back to this match to see New Zealanders score as few points in a World Cup match. And in addition, Savéa's only attempt was scored after an error by the English on a throw in touch …
It is said
"It will not be the best game in the world"
Wales coach Warren Gatland, warned: do not expect the big flight of the matches of Japan or the first semifinal. "I'm probably more confident about this game than I was before facing France," he assured, however.
The South Africans, who focused their game on power during this World Cup, are also in Gatland's opinion. "It's going to be a tactical match where everyone is going to measure up for the first 20-30 minutes", warned half-open Handre Pollard, predicting a match "Suffocating".
As hooked as this meeting, we hope that it will end in the same spirit of fair play as the one shown by the New Zealand legend Sonny Bill Williams, entered during the game against the English.
Congratulations to the @englandrugby team. Too good tonight lads, good luck at the big dance next week. ✊🏽
It was enterprising
The outcome of the fight between England and New Zealand may have been played from the haka of the All Blacks. The Kapa o Pango gave the opportunity to the British to show their aggression even before the kickoff: aligned in "V" (that of victory), the players at the ends have even settled in the New Zealand camp. The referee had to move them back so that the Blacks could perform their traditional warrior song.
. @ EnglandRugby's incredible response to an intense @AllBlacks Haka #ENGvNZL # RWC2019 #WebbEllisCup https://t.co/pXOw7v01df
He is a regular
Already the player who has played most games with the Welsh in the group stage win against Australia, Alun Wyn Jones will match a new longevity record. With 142 international games (133 with Wales, 9 with the British Three Lions), the second line of 34 years, the best player of the Tounoi of the six nations 2019, would match the Italian Sergio Parisse, and exceed he plays in the final or for the match of the third place. The record number of international matches is New Zealander Richie McCaw, with 148 capes.