Sat 23rd Nov 2013, 13:00 - Semi Finals

New Zealand

New Zealand

20 (16)

VS.

England

(10) 18

England

R Tuivasa-Sheck x2, S Johnson

T

S O'Loughlin, K Watkins, S Burgess

S Johnson x4

G

K Sinfield x3

  DG  

Attendance: 67,575  Official:  Venue: Wembley Stadium, London

Ref: B. Cummins   T Judge: J. Child   T Judge: G. Atkins    Video Ref: A. Klein   

Man of the Match: Sam Burgess

TRIES:
3
3
TRIES:
GOALS:
4
3
GOALS:
METRES:
1286
1133
METRES:
CARRIES:
185
184
CARRIES:
TACKLES:
270
288
TACKLES:
OFFLOADS:
17
12
OFFLOADS:
PENALTIES:
7
11
PENALTIES:
BREAKS:
4
8
BREAKS:

Match Report

Commentary

New Zealand 20, England 18

Liam Williams

At Wembley Stadium

New Zealand are through to the final of Rugby League World Cup 2013 after beating hosts England thanks to a last-minute try at the end of an enthralling encounter at Wembley.

New Zealand started as favourites but failed to assert their early dominance and England took an 8-0 lead through Sean O’Loughlin and kicks from Kevin Sinfield but the Kiwis levelled through Roger Tuivasa-Sheck’s try and goals from Shaun Johnson.

New Zealand scored the opening try of the second half through Tuivasa-Sheck before England regained their lead with tries from Kallum Watkins and Sam Burgess, however with the last play of the game, Johnson broke through the England defence to make it 18-18 before converting his own try to win the game.

The Kiwis tested England’s line twice early on, first as Issac Luke chased his own grubber kick before Tomkins kicked the ball dead, and shortly after as Josh Charnley and Watkins forced Jason Nightingale into touch.

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was fortunate to avoid being put on report for a swinging arm to a prone Sam Burgess, giving England their first opportunity to test the Kiwis’ defence.

England did make a push towards the line, but after Charnley palmed the ball back into play, Bryson Goodwin broke away; the centre only denied a try by excellent defending from Ryan Hall.

Soonafter, O’Loughlin scored the opening try of the game as the New Zealand defence failed to bring down Sam Burgess, who offloaded to the Wigan Warriors loose forward before Sinfield added the conversion.

England showed no signs of resting on their laurels and continued to apply pressure to the New Zealand line, with James Roby forcing a goal-line drop out which quickly led to an England penalty. Sinfield opted to kick for goal, increasing the lead to eight points.

New Zealand hit back after half an hour, when Dean Whare found Tuivasa-Sheck with a brilliant offload, before Johnson kicked the conversion.

The scrum-half then made it 8-8 with a penalty of his own, sending the sides in level at half time.

New Zealand were quick out of the blocks in the second half, Hall’s missed an interception opportunity allowed Tuivasa-Sheck to score his second try of the game.

As Tomkins waited underneath a high ball, Gareth Widdop was penalised for obstruction, to give New Zealand another penalty in front of the posts, which Johnson opted to kick, giving the Kiwis a six-point lead.

But England started to gather momentum, and a fresh set of six was enough to close the gap. Sinfield found Leeds Rhinos team mate Watkins who went over, with Sinfield unable to level the scores with his conversion attempt.

After an extended period of possession, England were rewarded with another try, as man of the match Sam Burgess powered over the line to restore the home side’s lead with 15 minutes left on the clock.

New Zealand were just seconds away from losing their world cup crown when a high tackle gave then a good attacking platform and Johnson made the most of it, jinking through the England defence, before converting his own try to see them through to the final.

 

 

NZ Player Stats

Eng Player Stats

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2 0 3 0 0 6 0 21 133 6 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Shaun Johnson 1 0 13 2 4 2 5 9 37 4 1 0 2 0 4 1 0 0
Kevin Locke 0 1 7 0 2 2 0 10 83 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dean Whare 0 1 15 1 1 2 0 5 29 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Bryson Goodwin 0 0 13 2 2 1 0 12 104 9 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
Jason Nightingale 0 0 6 1 0 1 0 12 86 7 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
Kieran Foran 0 0 16 1 3 2 6 8 40 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 0 0 15 3 0 0 0 9 58 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Issac Luke 0 0 24 2 3 3 1 19 126 7 1 15 1 0 0 0 1 1
Jesse Bromwich 0 0 20 4 2 1 0 17 125 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Simon Mannering 0 0 30 1 0 0 0 10 64 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Sonny Bill Williams 0 0 33 5 4 2 0 20 141 7 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
Elijah Taylor 0 0 27 4 2 0 0 3 12 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Frank-Paul Nuuausala 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 6 52 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Sam Kasiano 0 0 18 7 2 1 0 10 80 8 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 2
Ben Matulino 0 0 16 3 2 1 0 10 80 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Alex Glenn 0 0 8 1 3 0 0 4 36 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

T: Tries
TA: Try assists
TK: Tackles
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts

AT: Attacking kicks
C: Carries
M: Metres
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half

E: Errors
FT: Forty twenty
G: Goals
MG: Missed goals
OF: Offload
P: Penalties

NZ

Eng

  • (FB) K. Locke
  • (W) R. Tuivasa-Sheckx2
  • (C) D. Whare
  • (C) B. Goodwin
  • (W) J. Nightingale
  • (SO) K. Foran
  • (SH) S. Johnsonx4
  • (P) J. Waerea-Hargreaves
  • (H) I. Luke
  • (P) J. Bromwich
  • (SR) S. Williams
  • (U) S. Mannering
  • (U) F. Nu'uausala
  • (U) S. Kasiano
  • (U) B. Matulino
  • (U) E. Taylor

Key Performances

Sonny Bill Williams

Metres: 141

Tackles: 33

James Graham

Metres: 151

Tackles: 36

Sam Burgess

Metres: 173

Sean O'Loughlin

Tackles: 35