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England beat Chile 71:0 at the Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup 2023 | Match Centre | England 71:0 Chile

In a stunning display of dominance, England’s young sensation, Wing Henry Arundell, etched his name into the rugby history books with an astounding five-try performance against Chile, catapulting England closer to securing their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals. The 20-year-old Arundell’s remarkable feat not only matched the record for the most tries by an England men’s player in a single Test match but also propelled him to the top of the tournament’s try-scoring standings in his debut appearance.

As expected, England proved far superior to the spirited yet limited Chilean team. Their formidable forward power and the electrifying skill of their backline left the Rugby World Cup debutants constantly on the back foot, struggling to keep pace with their English counterparts.

While Arundell’s scoring spree stole the spotlight, one of the standout moments of the game came courtesy of Marcus Smith. Smith, playing in his new role as a full-back, executed a breathtaking try by sprinting onto his own kick following a scorching break. The performance showcased England’s remarkable depth, with a dynamic backline featuring the lightning-fast Arundell and Smith’s ability to break through the defense, albeit against a weaker opponent.

Owen Farrell’s return to the team after a four-match ban was seamless, and England effectively utilized all three of their primary playmakers: Farrell, Smith, and George Ford, who came off the bench in the 55th minute.

Chile, dwarfed by England in terms of rugby history and resources, demonstrated admirable resilience. Despite their limited experience and resources, they started the match strongly, holding off England for much of the first quarter. Their stubborn defense and skillful ball-handling allowed them to threaten the England line on several occasions.

However, as in their previous matches in the tournament, Chile’s brilliance was fleeting. England’s pressure eventually paid off, with Arundell scoring his first try on the 19th minute. This marked the beginning of a scoring spree, as Theo Dan, making his first England start, burrowed over for a try, followed by Arundell’s almost identical second try, and Bevan Rodd’s close-range effort.

Smith, initially receiving mixed reviews for his unfamiliar full-back role, redeemed himself with a spectacular solo try just before half-time. He showcased his blistering pace, dribbling skills, and perfect timing in a breathtaking move that left the Chilean defense stunned.

In the second half, England continued their onslaught. Dan secured his second try, Arundell completed his hat-trick, and the winger, who would soon depart for Racing 92, displayed his deft skills with a chip-and-chase for his fourth try. Arundell’s fifth try came as he joined forces with Smith once again, matching the legendary performances of Josh Lewsey and Rory Underwood in the annals of England rugby history.

The match concluded with Marcus Smith wriggling through the defense for another impressive try and flanker Jack Willis crashing over the line. Despite his outstanding performance, Arundell fell just short of Marc Ellis’ World Cup record of six tries in a single match, achieved during New Zealand’s resounding victory over Japan in 1995.

England’s commanding win not only solidified their position in the Rugby World Cup but also left coach Steve Borthwick with exciting prospects to consider during the team’s break week.

Match Summary

Pool D | England 71:0 Chile

England Scores:

TRIES Henry Arundell (20′, 30′, 48′, 60′, 69′), Theo Dan (24′, 45′), Bevan Rodd (35′), Marcus Smith (40′, 77′), Jack Willis (80′)
CONV Owen Farrell (25′, 36′, 42′, 46′, 49′, 62′, 78′, 81′)

Chile Scores:

Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille


Jaco Peyper

Man of the match:

Henry Arundell (England)


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