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    Come on England jonny wilkinson & the boy"s no problems hahahah

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    Re: France 20 NZ 18

    England win 14-9

    England (5) 14
    Tries: Lewsey
    Pens: Wilkinson 2
    Drop-goals: Wilkinson

    France (6) 9
    Pens: Beauxis 3

    Champions England will go for their second World Cup in a row after winning a gripping semi-final against France.

    The champions took a second-minute lead through Josh Lewsey's try but two Lionel Beauxis penalties put France 6-5 up at the break.

    A penalty apiece from Beauxis and Jonny Wilkinson maintained the gap.

    Wilkinson hit the woodwork with a drop-goal with 20 minutes to go but kicked a late penalty and drop-goal to see the champions home.

    The historical rivalry between the cross-channel neighbours has been echoed by a rugby rivalry that stretches back to England's 35-8 win in the initial encounter between the two sides 101 years ago.

    France won the two World Cup warm-up matches between the two sides but England beat Les Bleus in the Six Nations and the last time they met in the World Cup, in the 2003 semi-finals, England ground out a 24-7 victory.

    Both sides started the tournament badly, with France losing to Argentina first up and England being hammered by South Africa.

    But they had improved as the competition wore on and had stunning wins in the quarter-finals to set up a massively anticipated semi-final.

    The match started in explosive fashion as England took the lead after just 78 seconds.

    Gomarsall clipped a box kick down the line and Traille, usually a centre but playing out of position at full-back, dithered as the ball skittered along near the touchline.

    When it popped up Traille momentarily slipped and Lewsey latched onto the ball before blasting over and through the Frenchman to score.

    Wilkinson, whose kicking has been below par in France, missed the tricky conversion, with the ball snaking left of the posts as it has done all too often for the England's fly-half's satisfaction all tournament.

    It was a stunning start for the champions but France took it on the chin and tried to hit back by playing with width and pace.

    England repelled a series of attacks before a large slice of luck helped France get on the board.

    Beauxis tried a hugely ambitious drop-goal from near his own 10m line which was partly charged down by the massive Simon Shaw.

    Serge Betsen picked up the loose ball and when England infringed at the ruck fly-half Beauxis drilled over the penalty to make it 5-3 after seven minutes.

    England then conceded a couple of penalties and threw in some mistakes as well to help France build some momentum.

    And when the massive Andy Sheridan, so impressive in the quarter-final win against Australia, was penalised for not taking the bind at a scrum Beauxis, just 21, edged France into the lead.

    With Beauxis missing three long-range drop-goal attempts for the hosts and Wilkinson off target with a similar attempt for England, France were only a point clear at the break.

    The hosts edged further ahead after 44 minutes through Beauxis' third penalty after England again infringed at a ruck but the visitors soon hit back through Wilkinson's boot.

    Dan Hipkiss, on as a replacement for Lewsey after the Wasps man appeared to pull a hamstring, made a break to initiate a surging attack and when France fell offside Wilkinson landed his 50th World Cup penalty to make it 9-8.

    France brought on the mercurial Frederic Michalak with half an hour to go but his first contribution was to miss a drop-goal from right in front of the posts.

    England came agonisingly close to going back into the lead after an hour but Wilkinson's right-foot drop-goal came cannoning back off the woodwork.

    When France kicked the ball clear Jason Robinson beat four or five French defenders on an electric run deep into French territory, but he was eventually halted and Phil Vickery was penalised at the resulting ruck to calm French nerves.

    The let-off boosted French morale and after taking control territorially it took a tap tackle from replacement flanker Joe Worsley to prevent Vincent Clerc going over, with Sebastien Chabal eventually halted inches short from the winger's pass.

    England were struggling to get out of their half but they eventually turned the tide.

    Toby Flood missed with a poor drop-goal attempt for the champions but, when Dimitri Szarzewski was penalised for a high tackle on Robinson, Wilkinson stepped up to put the champions back into the lead.

    And the World Cup-winning hero of 2003 ensured there would be no fairytale final for the hosts as he slotted a late drop-goal to ensure England's reign as world champions continues all the way to the final.



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    England: Robinson; Sackey, Tait, Catt, Lewsey; Wilkinson, Gomarsall; Sheridan, Regan, Vickery (capt), Shaw, Kay, Corry, Moody, Easter.
    Replacements: Chuter, Stevens, Dallaglio, Worsley, Richards, Flood, Hipkiss.

    France: Traille; Clerc, Marty, Jauzion, Heymans; Beauxis, Elissalde; Milloud, Ibanez (capt), De Villiers, Pelous, Thion, Betsen, Dusautoir, Bonnaire.
    Replacements: Poux, Szarzewski, Chabal, Harinordoquy, Michalak, Dominici, Poitrenaud.

    Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

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    Re: France 20 NZ 18

    A very lacklustre game in which Wilkinson missed goal on four occasions whilst Beauxis had a 100% score rate.

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    Re: France 20 NZ 18

    I did not watch or hear the game being engaged elsewhere. I am surprised England won, I expected them to lose by a narrow margin-and from the report and David's comment I can not really be blamed for thinking so!
    Good Luck to them in the final-hope they play well.

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    Nice 1 now we can go all the way .

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    Re: France 20 NZ 18

    South Africa 37 - 13 Argentina

    Despite the scoreline a very entertaining game of rugby between two teams hoping to win, unlike last nights game where they game the impression of hoping the other team would lose.

    Even though Argentina being the only other Nation to speak Welsh I have been behind South Africa since Wales went out.

    England be afraid, be very afraid...

    The Boks are coming.

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    Re: France 20 NZ 18

    South Africa (24) 37
    Tries: Du Preez, Habana 2, Rossouw
    Cons: Montgomery 4
    Pens: Montgomery 3

    Argentina (6) 13
    Tries: M Contempomi
    Cons: F Contempomi
    Pens: F Contepomi 2
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    England will face a World Cup final rematch with their pool conquerors South Africa after the Springboks ended Argentina's glorious run in the semis.

    Tries from Fourie du Preez, Bryan Habana and Danie Rossouw put the favourites into a 24-6 half-time lead.

    The Pumas, for whom Felipe Contepomi landed two penalties, rallied with a converted try from his brother Manuel.

    But Percy Montgomery, who kicked 17 points, landed two more penalties before Habana pounced again to seal it.

    The jet-heeled winger intercepted a pass from Argentina's star fly-half Juan Martin Hernandez and raced 80m to score his eighth try of the tournament, overtaking the departed Wallaby wing Drew Mitchell's tally.

    He will present the biggest attacking threat to England's hopes of becoming the first country to retain the Webb Ellis Trophy next Saturday.

    The Springboks crushed the reigning champions 36-0 a month ago, but England's startling progress since that dark hour should ensure an enthralling finale to a scintillating World Cup.

    Argentina, who have done so much to enliven the tournament, started full of vim and vigour, driving the Boks back in the scrum and winning the territorial battle through the booming boot of Hernandez.

    But they found themselves behind in the seventh minute.


    Du Preez grabbed the opening try
    Left wing Horacio Agulla cantered up the touchline to set up a promising attacking position inside the Springboks half, but Felipe Contepomi's pass was intercepted by Du Preez, who sprinted 70m to score.

    Montgomery converted, and the World Cup's top points-scorer landed a penalty to make it 10-3 after Contepomi had punished Springboks captain John Smit for obstructing Pichot off the ball.

    Argentina continued to look the more threatening side, but a string of errors spoiled their better work, while Contepomi missed a further penalty opportunity.

    But he did punish an ill-advised counter attack from Francois Steyn just before the half-hour, when the Springboks centre was penalised for holding on in the tackle, to make it 10-6.

    Suddenly South Africa looked vulnerable, but the whole complexion of the game changed in the 10 minutes before the interval.

    Schalk Burger started the process by ripping the ball away from Pumas number eight Gonzalo Longo, and the Springboks pounced on the turnover with alacrity.

    Steyn, showing his better qualities, quickly spread the ball wide with a 40m pass, where Victor Matfield put Habana into space.

    Sizing up the situation in a flash, the world's deadliest finisher chipped ahead past his opposite number Lucas Borges and four Pumas forwards.

    Argentina's only hope was an unkindly bounce of the ball, but Habana swiftly gathered and streaked away for his seventh try of the tournament, equalling the tally of the departed Wallaby wing Drew Mitchell.

    Montogomery converted and suddenly South Africa, from being under pressure, enjoyed the comfort of a 17-6 lead.

    That became 24-6 with the final action of the half, and again Argentina had a hand, or a foot, in their own downfall.

    The otherwise outstanding Hernandez spilled a pass forward after Du Preez sent up a box-kick, and Steyn, Jaque Fourie and Burger combined to send number eight Rossouw over, Montgomery adding the extras.

    That appeared to have settled the outcome, but Argentina rallied on the resumption and gave themselves a glimmer of hope with a try from Manuel Contepomi.

    The centre appeared to have lost control of the ball over the line but after considering all the angles, English video referee Tony Spreadbury awarded the score.

    Felipe Contepomi's conversion made it 24-13, and the Pumas briefly threatened to make a closer contest of it.

    But Contepomi missed a penalty after 53 minutes, and that proved to be their last chance.

    Habana had a try ruled out after JP Pietersen's pass was correctly ruled forward but with nine minutes left, Montgomery landed the first of two penalties in quick succession.

    And with five minutes left, Habana showed his stunning speed again to put the issue beyond doubt.



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    South Africa: Montgomery; Pietersen, Fourie, Steyn, Habana; James, Du Preez; Du Randt, Smit (capt), Van der Linde, Botha, Matfield, Burger, Smith, Rossouw.
    Replacements: B du Plessis, J du Plessis, Muller, Skinstad, Pienaar, Pretorius, Olivier.

    Argentina: Corleto; Borges, M Contepomi, F Contepomi, Agulla; Hernandez, Pichot (capt); Roncero, Ledesma, Scelzo, CI Fernandez Lobbe, Albacete, Ostiglia, JM Fernandez Lobbe, Longo Elia.
    Replacements: Basualdo, Hasan, Kairelis, Leguizamon, Fernandez Miranda, Todeschini, Tiesi.

    Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)

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