Brodie Retallick 2019 Rugby World Cup: Five reasons the All Blacks lost the semi-final to England

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The All Blacks were beaten by England in the semifinal of the Rugby World Cup last night and it wasn’t particuarly close. How did this happen?

Our rugby experts list the five main reasons the All Blacks lost:

Brodie Retallick 1. England simply too good

As much as it hurts to see the dream of three successive Rugby World Cups be killed at the hands of an extraordinary rush defence, the All Blacks can only accept their fate with good grace.

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England had their number in Yokohama. They had it everywhere, too. From the brilliant Maro Itoje outplaying Brodie Retallick, to Tom Currie owning the breakdown and the men in white, numbers one to 15 being the more physical.

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It was England’s day and they deserve their moment in the sun now. They reduced the world’s best attacking side to a somewhat dishevelled looking, uncertain mis-mash of frantic bad ideas.

They got inside the All Blacks’ heads and beat them up mentally. The attack just never functioned. Not the way it was supposed to. Not the way it was revamped to do and maybe the talk of an attacking revolution was premature – defence still wins World Cups.

Brodie Retallick 2. Scoreboard pressure

In the words of Beauden Barrett ‘scoreboard pressure’.

England scored the opening try in the second minute when prop Manu Tuilagi dived over.

Even though they didn’t add to that l

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