England stormed into the World Cup semi-finals as two tries from Jonny Could underpinned a record-equalling 40-16 victory over Australia at Oita Stadium.

Could celebrated his 50th cap by touching down twice within the first half however a seventh successive win towards the Wallabies was actually based on a ferocious defence led by man of the match Tom Curry.

4 years in the past it was Australia who dumped England out of their very own World Cup on the group stage, however their revenge for that humiliation was crushing.

Owen Farrell revelled in his return at fly-half instead of George Ford, together with his move to Kyle Sinckler for the third strive displaying his class as ringmaster in a return to type for Englands captain.

From the kicking tee he was immaculate as 4 penalties and 4 conversions made up a 20-point haul.

And in additional vindication of Eddie Jones choice to drop Ford in favour of a extra muscular midfield, it was Slades crafty interception and astute grubber that offered Could together with his second strive.

Australia trailed closely towards Wales and Fiji within the group stage, however having fought again from 17-6 all the way down to inside a degree shortly after the interval there was to be no escape act in Oita.

The Wallabies ways had been typically brainless and chaotic and repeatedly performed into English fingers, summed-up by Anthony Watsons late intercept of Kurtley Beales wild move that accomplished the rout.

Any doubt over Jordan Petaias readiness for the large stage rapidly evaporated because the 19-year-old centre made two spectacular early touches as a part of a robust begin by Australia.

England invited stress when Slade coughed up the ball involved, enabling Beale to launch a counter-attack that ended with a Christian Lealiifano penalty.

However within the house of three minutes Jones staff had taken a stranglehold on the sport by scoring two tries in fast succession, each completed by Could.

Manu Tuilagi and Watson had been outstanding within the build-up to the primary earlier than Curry despatched Could over within the left nook, however the second was opportunism of the best order.

A unfastened move by David Pocock was picked off by Slade and the Exeter centre raced into opposition territory earlier than directing an excellent kick into the trail of Could, who scooped up the ball and touched down.

Australia had been taking dangers, together with one ill-advised chip out of the 22 by Beale, and had been constantly met by a wall of white shirts that was residing as much as Jones pre-match promise of defending with brutality.

Curry was magnificent in a single passage of play, turning over a Wallabies assault after which driving Reece Hodge backwards with a muscular sort out as England continued to dominate.

Two bullocking runs from Samu Kerevi punched holes in Crimson Rose ranks and the menace ended with Lealiifanos third penalty, however two minutes into the second half that they had lowered the deficit to a single level.

Petaia was instrumental as he grabbed a missed move, dummied a method earlier than feeding Marika Koroibete who sprinted round Daly to cross underneath the posts.

Englands response was fast, nevertheless, as a number of sturdy carries introduced reward when Farrell discovered Sinckler on an outstanding line that swept the Harlequins prop over the whitewash.

A scrum penalty kicked by Farrell drove one other nail in Australias coffin, as did their lack of ability to capitalise on a interval spent pounding the whitewash with Will Genia at fault for the misplaced likelihood.

Sensing victory was theirs, England completed strongly as a rolling maul drove the underdogs backwards and secured a penalty that Farrell despatched between the uprights.

The ultimate blow was landed by Watson as he poached a easy strive off Beales mistake, finishing a convincing quarter-final victory as Koroibete was denied a second strive by the TMO late on.

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