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Precision: Rugby World Cup Semi Finals Day One

26th October 2019

England’s performance today was precise in every way, but precision hasn’t always featured in England’s dealings with New Zealand

Semi Finals Day One

England 19 – 7 New Zealand

Four years ago, England were ignominiously dumped out of the World Cup on home soil at the group stages. Today, for the second consecutive Saturday, they completely outplayed a southern hemisphere giant. Having dispatched both of the 2015 finalists, England are now favourites to complete the job and lift the trophy next week.

Every aspect of England’s performance today was professional and precise, but precision hasn’t always been a feature of England’s dealings with New Zealand.

In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi brought New Zealand into the British Empire and theoretically gave Māoris the same rights as British subjects. An English language version was signed on behalf of Queen Victoria, and over 500 Māori chiefs signed a Māori translation. Unfortunately the English and Māori versions had different meanings in important areas, so the two sides had very different expectations. By 1843 this led to a breakdown in the relationship and the countries were at war.

If only they’d had a reliable translation service...

DID YOU KNOW?

England’s win today was their fourth over the All Blacks since 2002. That matches their total of four wins against them in the entire 20th century.

MATCH STATISTICS

England (10) 19

Try: Tuilagi

Con: Farrell

Pens: Ford (4)

New Zealand (0) 7

Try: Savea

Con: Mo'unga

 

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