Rugby World Cup: England vs New Zealand reaction

Luke Bradshaw
Sports Writer
Captains Owen Farrell and Kieran Read (Credit: Getty Images)

England coach Eddie Jones paid tribute to his side's defensive effort as they stunned defending champions New Zealand 19-7 to reach the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday.

"We knew we'd have to come off the line hard. Keep taking away time and space from them. We managed to do that. Caused a few errors and we may have had a few lucky bounces and got the result," said Jones after the shock semi-final win.

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England coach Eddie Jones (Credit: Getty Images)

"Our best form of attack is our defence. We create opportunities through our defence to attack," he added.

Meanwhile on twitter, Black Cap cricketer Jimmy Neesham captured his country’s sentiment by muting every relatable mention and English item that he could find.

His own World Cup foe, Stuart Broad, was having other ideas, however.

Captain Owen Farrell made a point of highlighting his side’s electric start. He said: "We felt like we had prepared well and we started the game well.

"Look, in all these big games, teams get physical. They go at each other from the off. We know that was going to come our way and we wanted to make sure we were playing that game too," added the captain.

Jordie Barrett and Owen Farrell embrace (Credit: Getty Images)

But spare a thought for the incredibly confident Kiwi fan who tattooed the Web Ellis trophy with a 2019 engraving onto his leg ahead of the game.

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