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|Rugby World Cup final: England v South Africa|
|Venue:Yokohama International StadiumDate:Saturday 2 NovemberKick-off:09:00 GMT|
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I cannot remember the last time I saw a team play as well as England did in their semi-final win against New Zealand.
Not only did it give me hope for Saturday’s final against South Africa, but if this is how England are going to play from now on, we are in for some glory days.
This is not just about this week and England possibly winning a World Cup, this could be the beginning of a legacy.
They were in the semi-final of a World Cup against a side who have won the past two tournaments. England were underdogs.
But there were times in that game when Eddie Jones’ side were so dominant that New Zealand had nowhere to go, and they knew it.
The All Blacks were running around in the backfield like they were playing sevens. It was as if England were playing against Uruguay.
New Zealand were getting smashed and making poor decisions, knocking the ball on and getting hit in the tackle.
It was wave after wave of relentless England pressure in defence, as well as very good attacking play.
I have never seen that in an England shirt before.
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After a performance of that quality the danger is everyone is going to look at England’s semi-final performance and think that is how they are going to play every week.
It is very difficult to put yourself in that mental s
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