20 October 2019 06:31
Very fine game, superb link-up play with Watson, hard to recall a single error in the whole match One handling error early on but otherwise a splendid match and great play to set up the second May try Used well by England, kept his discipline and worked hard, the kind of impact that his team have missed The Wallabies might have lost to England at the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal, but Aussie fly-half and leukemia survivor Christian Lealiifano won. On Saturday, despite his team falling to England 40-16, he had a great game, kicking three of three penalities, and sharing an emotional moment with his son at its conclusion. Lealiifano cried while he embraced his young son, Jeremih, and his wife Luga rubbed his head from the grandstand above. The 32-year-old returned to the international rugby scene in July following his three-year battle with leukaemia. * Superb ABs outclass Ireland * How ABs rated in Ireland rout * England power into semifinals * Todd yellow card bemuses ABs * ABs deliver defensive masterclass Aaron Favila/AP Australia's Christian Lealiifano cries as he hugs his son, Jeremih, after the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match at Oita Stadium between England and Australia in Oita, Japan.
The Rugby World Cup social team shared the moment on Twitter. "Christian Lealiifano, a player who has overcome a huge amount to be back playing rugby at the top level, shares a special moment with his son after a tough loss to England in Oita." In 2016, Lealiifano was at the peak of his career when a check-up blood test discovered he was battling blood cancer. Over the duration of his battle he lost weight, struggled with his iron levels, and was told he may never play rugby again. Before he was selected for the Wallabies' World Cup squad, Lealiifano's Super Rugby coach, Dan McKellar of the Brumbies, said his leadership skills would add value to Australia's side. Dan Mullan/Getty Christian Lealiifano of Australia looks dejected following defeat in the Rugby World Cup 2019 Quarter Final match between England and Australia at Oita Stadium.
England coach Eddie Jones admitted he would love to play the All Blacks in next weekend's Rugby World Cup semifinals after his side thumped Australia 40-16 on Saturday night. In the tournament's first quarter-final under the roof at Oita Stadium, England outscored the Wallabies four tries to one for a comprehensive victory, their first win in a World Cup knockout match in 12 years. GETTY IMAGES England coach Eddie Jones was all smiles after his side powered through to the World Cup semifinals. England will play the winners of the All Blacks-Ireland quarter-final when contesting their first World Cup semifinal since 2007. With a huge smile, Jones said England still have improvements to make while conceding he had a soft spot for New Zealand.
The emotions were different for Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, who was for once struggling for words when reflecting on his side's exit from the World Cup. The Wallabies lost their way in the second half as England gained control and a wild pass in the final minutes which fell into the arms of English wing Anthony Watson, who strolled in for the clinching score, was typical of Australia's woes. "I thought we played quite well, especially in that first 50 or 60 [minutes], but they defended well," a tearful Cheika said in a television interview post-match. It's so disappointing not to do it for Australia. In the seventh World Cup meeting between the old foes, the Wallabies were counting the cost of their errors when trailing 17-9 at half-time after England punished them with two clinical Jonny May tries scored in quick succession. Marika Koroibete's try after the break brought Australia to within one point but England scored 23 unanswered in a clinical performance. England 40 (Jonny May 2, Kyle Sinckler, Anthony Watson tries; Owen Farrell 4 con, 4 pen) Australia 16 (Marika Koroibete try; Christian Lealiifano con, 3 pen). Well, there we have it: New Zealand and England have made it through to the Rugby World Cup semi-finals after dominating Ireland and Australia respectively. After a painful seven days without a single ball being thrown, punted or passed, two of the four Rugby World Cup quarter-finals played out on Saturday, eliminating the Wallabies and the Irish from the showpiece tournament. England progressed through to the semi-finals next weekend after a comprehensive 40-16 win over Australia in Oita, thanks to two tries from Jonny May and one apiece from Kyle Sinckler and Anthony Watson. The All Blacks complete the semi-final line-up after notching up their 18th World Cup victory in a row, subjecting Ireland to a record tournament defeat. Next up, we have Wales vs France to look forward to on Sunday, followed by the final last-eight knock-out: Japan vs South Africa. Jonny May of England touches down to score his team's first try