England had an extremely fast start against New Zealand on Saturday in the Rugby World Cup semi-final.
Eddie Jones’ team came flying out of the blocks, scoring a try after just 98 seconds at the Yokohama Stadium.
Manu Tuilagi drove over to finish off a relentless England move before Owen Farrell converted. With two minutes on the clock, it was the quickest try the All Blacks have ever conceded at a Rugby World Cup.
2 mins: ENGLAND 7-0 New Zealand.
What a start for England, as Manu Tuilagi goes over under the posts, and Owen Farrell kicks the extras.
— eir Sport (@eirSport) October 26, 2019
The try and 7-0 lead was no less than England deserved. They were powerful, precise with their passing and had the world champions rattled in the opening spell of the game.
Ahead of the match, there was an interesting spectacle when England lined out in a V formation as New Zealand performed their customary pre-match ritual of the Haka.
England were encroaching in the All Blacks half, so officials attempted to move them back, prompting a wry smirk from Farrell. According to World Rugby rules, teams must stand at least 10 metres away from the New Zealand team when they are performing the Haka.
It resulted in some great images from the epic semi-final.