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England ‘baffled’ by criticism after sealing Canada World Cup semi-final | Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021




England insist they have no plans to change their striker-dominated game plan after a 41-5 win over Australia set up a World Cup semi-final women’s rugby against Canada.

All seven of England’s tries against the Wallaroos have come from their tough pack with captain Sarah Hunter and head coach Simon Middleton adamantly their side’s first lane approach offers the best chance of world dominance.

So far, no team in the tournament has been able to face England’s maul. Hunter, who is now the most capped player in her country’s rugby history, said: “There’s been a lot of talk about the maul behind the wheel and how we score tries. But, in the end, no one will look back and say, ‘Oh, how did England score?’

“They look at the result and if it’s not broken you don’t need to fix it. I don’t think there are worries within ourselves about how we want to play or what we’re doing at the minute. If that doesn’t work, we know we have other things to do.

Middleton, similarly, thinks England have no reason to apologize and need not copy New Zealand, whose full-backs looked extremely solid in their quarter-final win over New Zealand. Wales. “It takes all kinds,” said Middleton, whose team has now won 29 Tests at the trot. “Rugby doesn’t have to be play, play, play and change, change, change. This is southern hemisphere rugby – fantastic. We are on the side of the northern hemisphere. We are very good at what we do, they are very good at what they do. You play to your strengths and I don’t really recognize the critics.

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Canada beat USA to book semi-final against England


Canada overcame a slow start in Auckland to beat the United States 32-11 and claim a final semi-final berth against England.

The third-placed side were under pressure in the opening 10 minutes, forced to play deep in their own half and conceded a try to Sale Sharks hooker Joanna Kitlinski.

But the Maple Leafs fought back almost immediately with two quick tries for Exeter lock McKinley Hunt and the Stade Bordelais Lionesses lost striker Karen Paquin and had a 12-5 lead after 20 minutes.

Canada continued to work the advantage on most plays, attempting to wear down the American defenders, but the scoreline stayed the same until Eagles inside center Alev Kelter netted a penalty just before the break.

The rain that plagued the first half of England’s dominance over Australia started pouring down at half-time, but Paige Farries came roaring onto the pitch in the second half as the Canadian claimed his fourth try of the tournament on a play stopped in the 41st minute. .

Center Alex Tessier scored the game’s final try in the 57th minute, which was duly converted by No 8 Sophie de Goede, who finished with three conversions and two penalties.

Canada will face England at Eden Park in Auckland next Saturday, November 5, at 4:30 p.m. local time (3:30 GMT). PA Media

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“Does this frustrate me? Probably a little. This baffles me a bit. You cut your fabric accordingly. We have many facets. Against Fiji and South Africa we played as good rugby as anyone. We moved the ball and scored some great tries.

Middleton said England played the perfect match for the wet conditions against Australia. “The forwards knew what kind of game it was going to be. They understood and delivered. I think they got into our 22 for about 30 seconds.

With the Black Ferns now set to face France, he says the host country should be seen as the tournament favourites. “They’re hot, aren’t they?” They are at home, they have demolished everyone. Everyone labels us favorites but they don’t do anything we don’t and they have home advantage. They must be the favorites of the competition.