After their bitter semi-final loss, England’s national rugby team at least collected a consolation prize at the World Cup in France. Six days after 15:16 against South Africa, the English won the third place match against Argentina with a score of 26:23 (16:10) at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis and achieved this after three runner-up titles (1991, 2007, 2019) again on “Platform”.
In the dream final on Saturday evening at the same venue (9pm/ProSieben MAXX and ran.de), they face off against South Africa and New Zealand, who clearly dominated Argentina in the semi-final (44:6). They both have the chance to become the first country to become world champions for a fourth time. South Africa, the defending champion, won the World Cup title in the final against England four years ago.
On the competitive front of the title fight, England scored two tries each through Ben Earl (8th) and Theo Dunne (44th) and Argentina through Tomas Cubelli (36th) and Santiago Carreras (42nd). Four penalties from Owen Farrell ultimately made the difference – at the other end, Nicolas Sanchez (75′) missed the equalizer from the penalty spot to make it 26:26 and Argentina’s second World Cup medal after third place in 2007.
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