Rugby | The best stats from the World Cup semi-finals

England and South Africa will meet in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.

The Springboks beat Wales on Sunday just over 24 hours after England stunned the All Blacks in Yokohama, setting up a repeat of the 2007 final.

Here are the best stats from each semi-final.

England v New Zealand:


Manu Tuilagi’s second minute try was the fastest try the All Blacks have ever conceded in a World Cup match.  

England won 16 turnovers against the All Blacks at Nissan Stadium, the highest tally achieved by any side in a match at the 2019 tournament. 

It is also England’s joint-highest amount in a World Cup match.

Mario Itoje won three of the aforementioned turnovers, forcing three turnovers for the third time at this year’s tournament.

The All Blacks failed to score in the first half of a Test match for the first time since 2012, when England also kept them scoreless at Twickenham.

It is only the second time that New Zealand have failed to register a single point in the first half of a Rugby World Cup match, with Australia leading their rivals 13-0 at half time in the 1991 edition of the tournament.

South Africa v Wales:


Handre Pollard’s winning penalty against Wales takes his tally to 47 for this year’s tournament, and 150 in total at the World Cup.

50 of these points have come in knock-out matches.

Despite being the Springboks top scorer of all time at the tournament, Pollard has yet to score a try at the tournament. Only New Zealand’s Grant Fox (170) has scored more World Cup points without scoring a single try.

One player who can’t stop scoring tries is Josh Adams.

The Welshman scored his sixth try of the tournament in the semi-final defeat to South Africa, taking him above Springboks star Makazole Mapimpi.

Shane Williams is the only other Wales player to score six tries in a single World Cup, achieving the feat 12 years ago.