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Britain’s rugby scribes wasted no time putting the boots on distraught New Zealand players and fans following England’s 19-7 World Cup semi-final victory over the All Blacks .
No sooner had the All Blacks left the World Cup in Yokohama than serial fan Stephen Jones compared the players to “little boys.”
“It was one of England’s biggest sporting days – and I’m not just talking about rugby here,” Jones wrote for The Times.
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“The planning, execution, defense and attack of this breathtaking England side made it arguably their biggest day, a performance they will struggle to surpass if they win the final at the same place next Saturday.
âNew Zealand occasionally loses but they never get crushed. It was therefore a glorious first. Forget the dashboard. They passed a lucky try and for the rest of the evening they looked like bullied little boys outside the candy store.
“They were lucky not to lose players in the trash and there was a time when Marius Jonker, TMO, was a far greater danger to England than the opposition.”
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The Gaurdian also focused on how the All Blacks defeated overall.
âSince the 2003 Rugby World Cup, English rugby has never known a more breathtaking or meaningful moment. Eddie Jones’ side are in their first final in 12 years, but the way they left New Zealand scattered across the web was as striking as the score of 19-7, “the report said in The Guardian. .
“The All Blacks’ dreams of becoming the first team to win three consecutive Webb Ellis Cups have not been dashed so much as they have been crushed.”
The Daily Mail claimed it was the day “England took rugby to a new level”.
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“Under the night sky of Yokohama, the boys in Eddie Jones’ story put on one of the greatest performances in professional rugby history to secure their place in the World Cup final,” the report says. .
âCrash, bang, wallop, the sound of the All Blacks gets crushed from their pedestal and blown away next week.
âAll the All Blacks got down on their knees at the final whistle because they didn’t know what had hit them. Bloodied, bruised, bruised.
The Guardian insisted it was New Zealand’s first loss in 19 World Cup appearances, dating back to their 2007 quarter-final loss to France.
The BBC’s Tom Fordyce reminded everyone of the All Blacks’ 15-1 record against England in their previous 16 games, with their last victory coming in 2012.
âEngland ripped the crown from their heads with a performance of unremitting energy and excellence on a Night for the Ages in Yokohama,â Fordyce wrote.
The Mirror also praised England after reaching next weekend’s final with a superb outing against the world No.1 team in New Zealand.
“Eddie Jones had expressed during the week his confidence that the Red Rose could clinch a first place final since 2007, and they duly beat the All Blacks – tournament winners in 2011 and 2015,” reads the Mirror report.
“And the duly produced red rose with a beautiful and powerful display, as they continue their quest to match the 2003 achievement of becoming world champions.”