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Rugby | England defeat Australia to reach last four

2 - Jonny May is the first @EnglandRugby player to score two tries in a @rugbyworldcup knockout match since Rory Underwood and Will Carling both crossed twice against New Zealand in the 1995 semi-final. Quickfire.#RWC2019 #ENGvAUS — OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) October 19, 2019 Another Farrell conversion extended England's lead to 14-3. Lealiifano and Farrell then traded penalies, with the former nailing another penalty late in the half to make it 17-9 at the interval. Despite having just 40% of the possession, England ran into the dressing rooms with an eight-point advantage. The second half began in thrilling fashion. Australia made the perfect start, scoring their first try through Marika Koroibete just three minutes after the restart. Koroibete crashed over the whitewash following a sublime pass from Reece Hodge, who flung the ball out wide to the advancing winger. Lealiifano added a conversion, but England responded instantly. Within two minutes, Kyle Sinckler barreled over the try-line for the Europeans' third try of the quarter-final. Another Farrell conversion made it 24-16. Farrell's 51st-minute penalty then stretched England's lead to 11 points. Ben Youngs then had a try rightly ruled out by TMO, before yet another accurate penalty from Farrell made it 30-16 in the 66th minute. Farrell registered his fourth penalty in the 73rd minute, maintaining his 100% record from placed balls in the match. England bagged try number four with four minutes left on the clock. Watson intercepted Kurtley Beale's pass before sprinting over the line to round off a superb result for Jones' men. Farrell converted to take his individual tally to 20 points. A minute later, Koroibete had a try ruled out by the TMO, with replays showing there was a forward pass from Taniela Tupou in the buildup. England will await the winners of Ireland v New Zealand, with the semi-final scheduled for October 26th in Yokohama.
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