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England See Red

by | 3rd, November 2003

‘SAMOA managed to raise their game for their Rugby World Cup match against England but failed to find the same heights the next week against South Africa.

Wales are no soft touch

How England must be hoping that Wales do not play as well against them next weekend as they did yesterday against the All Blacks.

The Times, which watched Wales run in four tries against the tournament favourites before succumbing 53-37, suggests that England “will have felt distinctly uneasy at the growing freedom with which Wales played”.

On only two occasions in their history have the All Blacks conceded more points in a match, which Wales looked like winning in the early stages of the second half.

The New Zealand Herald said it was almost the greatest upset in the tournament’s 16-year history and has provided “an enormous reality check” to the New Zealand squad.

However, England were also rediscovering their form at the weekend, albeit against the part-timers of Uruguay as they ran in 17 tries in a 111-13 victory.

In the Telegraph, Paul Hayward sees in England’s performance “a welcome deflation of angst” as a second-string side showed exactly what they could do with ball in hand.

The only blemish on the day was provided by Joe Worsley who had to apologise for what the Telegraph describes as “a puerile gesture” as he left the field after being sin-binned for a high tackle.

The flanker raised his hands to applaud the crowd and made a mock bow while the victim of the tackle Joaquin Pastore lay prostrate on the turf.

In a country where the England rugby side appears to be as unpopular as a warm beer, this will have done little to endear the Poms to their hosts.

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