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England into Rugby World Cup semis after victory over Aussies

England are into the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup after beating Australia 40-16 in Oita.

Eddie Jones's team got off to a good start, with Jonny May scoring two tries in three minutes.

The winger went over in the left corner from close range in the 18th minute, before gathering the ball on the run a few minutes later and finding the corner again.

Jones said he thought his side had been "brilliant".

Image: Jonny May celebrates with England teammates after scoring his second try

England finished the first half with a 17-9 lead.

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Australia began the second half in determined style, with Marika Koroibete showing tremendous power and pace as he scored a brilliant individual try.

But England hit back just four minutes later after Kyle Sinckler received the ball from Owen Farrell and got it over the line.

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It was safely converted, after which England were awarded three penalties, each of which they secured.

Late in the match, Anthony Watsonscored another try for England after intercepting the ball as it flew through the air.

Marika Koroibete scored a brilliant individual try for Australia
Image: Marika Koroibete scored a brilliant individual try for Australia

It was England's seventh successive victory over the Wallabies, and they face either Ireland or New Zealand in the semi-finals in Yokohama next weekend.

Captain Owen Farrell told ITV that Australia had made it a "brilliant game" and had "attacked throughout".

He added: "Our boys did well in defence and then managed to get some field position off the back off it. When we do that, we know we can be dangerous."

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