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England beat Fiji 30:24 in the Rugby World Cup Quarter Finals

Rugby World Cup 2023 | Match Centre | England 30:24 Fiji

Owen Farrell’s Heroics Secure England’s Thrilling World Cup Semi-Final Spot

England’s Rugby World Cup journey took an electrifying turn as they clinched a pulsating semi-final spot with a heart-pounding victory against a spirited Fiji in Marseille. In a match filled with twists and turns, England managed to hang on for a nail-biting 30-24 win.

England was firmly in control with a comfortable 14-point lead when, in the final 15 minutes, Fiji’s Peni Ravai and Vilimoni Botitu orchestrated a breathtaking comeback, leveling the score at 24-24 in just four frantic minutes. It was a moment of redemption for Owen Farrell, who had faced criticism when chosen over George Ford to start at fly-half, as he ultimately proved his worth with a match-winning drop-goal, giving England a 27-24 advantage with eight minutes left. A late penalty from Farrell added a bit of cushion for England.

However, the drama was far from over. In the dying moments, Farrell’s deliberate knock-on handed Fiji a penalty, causing hearts to race. But England managed to regain possession and secure a memorable victory.

With Ireland and Wales having bowed out earlier, England emerged as the sole remaining home nation in the tournament. They will now face either the host nation, France, or the defending champions, South Africa, in the semi-finals on 21 October, with their ultimate goal being the coveted Rugby World Cup.

The journey to this semi-final spot was far from smooth for England. Their status as favorites was marred by a disappointing defeat to Fiji in the World Cup warm-up games, coupled with an inconsistent performance in the pool stage. England’s fans, however, outnumbered Fijians in Marseille and were rewarded with a sensational display.

The game began with a ferocious intensity, characterized by bone-crushing tackles and relentless action. England recognized the breakdown as a critical battleground, and their early success in this area led to an opening penalty, which Farrell coolly converted. The relentless pace continued as a rolling maul created an opportunity for Manu Tuilagi to crash over for England’s first try.

England’s ability to convert individual talent into a cohesive attack was on full display against Fiji. Smart running lines, incisive playmaking, and quick ball movement kept the Fijian defense on edge. Joe Marchant’s try showcased England’s improved attacking prowess.

Fiji, despite being a player down, made their presence felt by capitalizing on England’s lapses. Viliame Mata’s try demonstrated their resilience and the ability to exploit any gaps.

As Fiji mounted a comeback, the crowd rallied behind England, willing them into Fiji’s 22. The relentless Fijian assault was eventually halted, allowing Farrell to seal England’s fate with a crucial drop-goal and penalty.

The match showcased England’s remarkable turnaround after a turbulent year. While France and South Africa loom as formidable opponents in the semi-final, England’s newfound confidence and collective spirit will be crucial assets in their quest for World Cup glory.

Match Summary

Quarter-Final 3 |England 30:24 Fiji

England Scores:

TRIES Manu Tuilagi (14′), Joe Marchant (23′)
CONV Owen Farrell (23′)
PENS Owen Farrell (11′, 34′, 38′, 54′, 78′)
DGS Owen Farrell (72′)

Fiji Scores:

TRIES Viliame Mata (28′), Peni Ravai (64′), Vilimoni Botitu (68′)
CONV Frank Lomani (29′), Simione Kuruvoli (65′, 70′)
PENS Frank Lomani (20′)
Stade de Marseille, Marseille


Mathieu Raynal

Man of the Match:

Ben Earl (England)


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