Rugby World Cup 2023 England and South Africa

by Alain Chivilò

 

Two spectacular quarter-finals. Extraordinary and awesome Rugby. Welcome to the In or Out mode and mood.

England vs Fiji (in Marseille) and France vs South Africa (in Saint-Denis).

On the pitch try and try back, tensions, unpredictable plays such as emotions.

England vs Fiji

For this QF, the Princes of Wales moved with an incitement by William and a presence in Marseille by Catherine Elizabeth. Fiji won the last test match at Twickenham in summer 2023 during a historic victory. The World Cup match was much feared on English soil. Fiji is a fearsome team and must always be respected. Vs Portugal and behind Australia in the group, Fiji’s play was ineffective in conduction and leadership, although it needed a useful point to walk on.

During the quarter-final, Fiji tried to keep England breathing down their necks. Although it was always behind in the score, tried to create play. Down 10 – 24 in a moment of English’s amnesia, equalised (two tries and conversions) 24 – 24.

England managed at the best since the beginning of the match taking the advantage and managing it. Strong conduction and job. In the second half, suddenly, after three substitutions, from 60′ to 70′ England lost defense and Fiji came in the match. A new start for the two Nations but, a drop (remembering another historical one) opened the doors of the Semifinals to England.

England now will have to prove its worth in the Semi-final against the favorite team to confirm the world championship. From the way, it seems to give everything (play, tactics, injuries, blood, teeth and torn shirts) is not enough, even if for a little while.

England  30 vs Fiji 24 

England: 

Tries Manu Tuilagi (14′), Joe Marchant (23′) – Conv Owen Farrell (23′) – Pens Owen Farrell (11′, 34′, 38′, 54′, 78′) – DGs Owen Farrell (72′)

Fiji:

Tries Viliame Mata (28′), Peni Ravai (64′), Vilimoni Botitu (68′) – Conv Frank Lomani (29′), Simione Kuruvoli (65′, 70′) – Pens Frank Lomani (20′)

 

At this moment I can’t find any adjectives to define the last Quarter Final. An immense match where the two teams gave everything, really everything on the pitch to win. An advert for Rugby but always long live Rugby. Standing ovation for France vs South Africa.

The French supporters are probably disappointed, while the South Africans are celebrating. France must only applaud its national team because played openly. South Africa is always a formidable opponent, always ready to punish when you don’t expect it. A team also capable of blocking the source of play by always keeping everything in check.

Try and try back. Advantage France but immediately Advantage South Africa. Advantage France and yellow card to Springboks. Final Advantage to South Africa. France very close to the victory but not enought for one point.

Probably one of the best rugby matches. Play, competitiveness, respect, agonism, fair play but above all try to win at all costs until the end and the free fall between victory or defeat. 

Springboks are now the favorites to confirm the world title. The QF was demanding on physical and mental energies. An even more difficult semi-final awaits South Africa.

South Africa 29 vs France 28

South Africa:

Tries Kurt-Lee Arendse (8′), Damian de Allende (18′), Cheslin Kolbe (26′), Eben Etzebeth (67′) – Conv Manie Libbok (10′, 28′), Handre Pollard (67′) – Pens Handre Pollard (69′)

France:

Tries Cyril Baille (4′, 31′), Peato Mauvaka (22′) – Conv Thomas Ramos (5′, 32′) – Pens Thomas Ramos (41′, 54′, 73′)

Second Semifinal: England vs South Africa – Springboks.

The challenge is open: Try, Essai.

 

©AC, NDSL, AM, Alain Chivilo

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