Brodie Retallick England vs New Zealand – Rugby World Cup 2019 semi-final: Manu Tuilagi try inspires epic upset

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England stunned New Zealand with a gruelling 19-7 victory in Yokohama to advance to the final of the Rugby World Cup.

Manu Tuilagi’s second-minute try set the tone against the champions with Eddie Jones’s side leaving the All Blacks reeling.

Ben Youngs and Sam Underhill had tries chalked off by the TMO before Ardie Savea cut their lead.

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But the boot of George Ford kept England out of reach to prevail and reach next Saturday’s final against Wales or South Africa.

Here are five things we learned from an epic match in Yokohama.

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Brodie Retallick1. Haka provides ultimate drama

The tone was set for the most spectacular theatre in sport as England faced up to New Zealand’s haka.

The intensity of the moment, a gripping one made all the more compelling when England formed a V-formation in response.

The grin from Owen Farrell displayed composure and confidence ahead of an almighty battle. It framed the contest perfectly, ensuring the excitement spilled over just as the first whistle sounded.

New Zealand’s players perform the haka (AFP via Getty Images)

Brodie Retallick2. Fast start leaves All Blacks ree

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