France vs Wales: France vs Wales Live Stream Online 2019 Rugby World Cup Free TV Schedule, Wales and France meet in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup on Sunday looking to set up a semi-final clash with either Japan or South Africa. Warren Gatland’s side – on a run of 18-successive competitive wins – will be strong favourites having regularly beaten France in recent years. Wales head into this one on the back of a convincing win over Uruguay, while France narrowly beat Tonga in their final pool stage outing.
Statistically, the Wallabies entered their quarter-final against England at Oita Stadium on Saturday as one of the most dominant attacking teams in the tournament in terms of tackle busts, line-breaks and metres gained. But Australia also committed the most turnovers of any team in the final eight, the Achilles heel that led to their record 40-16 defeat to England and early exit from the tournament.
The Wallabies attempted to play a high-tempo, high-passing game, but did not have the skill level to execute their strategy. It was not from want of trying. The Wallabies poached former All Blacks skills coach Mick Byrne and worked hard on their skill execution over the last four years.
But the Australians never quite managed to play with the pace and precision of the All Blacks or even Japan at this World Cup and could not eradicate the crucial turnovers from their game. The Wallabies enjoyed the majority of possession, 65 per cent, and the English were happy to let them have the ball, pressuring the men in gold into making costly mistakes.
It was not so much that the Wallabies committed so many more turnovers than England, but it was the time and place they made them that ruined their game. Early in the game the Wallabies strung together 18 phases on attack in England’s territory only for five-eighth Christian Lealiifano to lose the ball in contact, a sign of things to come.
The Wallabies had a clear intent to keep the ball in hand, which was predictable for the English defence, mostly rock solid throughout the game. It was the Wallabies’ determination to try to run the ball out of their own end, particularly in the first-half, which led to the first of England winger Jonny May’s two tries.
When Wallabies tight-head prop Allan Alaalatoa dropped the ball in the 22 to give England a scrum in an attacking position the English shifted the ball to the right and then swung back to the left with May crossing over in the corner in the 17th minute. It was a try that could have been so easily avoided with a long, clearing kick, but that was not the way this Wallabies team played – and England knew it.
May was over again less than three minutes later after outside centre Henry Slade intercepted a pass from Wallabies flanker David Pocock, which was intended for Lealiifano, who seemed unaware the ball was coming to him.
As in all of their games at this World Cup the Wallabies had made another bad start, trailing 17-9 at halftime. It was only England giving away kickable penalties in their red zone rather than conceding tries that kept the Wallabies remotely in the game.
When Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete scored a spectacular try soon after the resumption of play, it looked as if Australia was right back in the game. Koroiebete received a long ball from fellow winger Reece Hodge and beat England fullback Elliot Daly with an in and away, but the score was just a flash in the pan for the Wallabies.
England hit back with a try in the 47th minute to tight-head prop Kyle Sinckler, who ran into a huge gap off a cut-out pass from Farrell, regaining the eight-point margin.
Farrell extended England’s lead to 27-16 with a penalty goal in the 49th minute after the Wallabies collapsed a scrum. This had resulted from Alaalatoa being held by the defence after receiving a long, aimless pass from Lealiifano, another error which put the prop under pressure.The moment of truth arrived for the Wallabies around the 60th minute mark when they attacked the England line with a series of pick and goes. The Australians had to score or start to think about packing their bags to go home, but number eight Isi Naisarani had the ball ripped out of his clutches by Sinckler in a tackle on the ninth phase. That was just about it for the Wallabies. Critical errors at critical moments killed their campaign, so much of their pain self-inflicted.
England winger Anthony Watson delivered the coup de grace when he intercepted yet another wayward long pass from Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale to captain Michael Hooper and raced away.
It was a desperate measure by a desperate team, but by this stage the Wallabies looked confused as to what to do, a situation that could not have been helped by the constant chopping and changing of the Australian backline throughout the tournament.
In the end the Wallabies resembled a team with a strategy, but no tactics, up against a master tactician in England coach Eddie Jones, who knew exactly what was coming and prepared meticulously to counter it.we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.
The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.
Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.
We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable.