'Enjoy the play-off' - England's Jones hits back at Gatland jibe


Clive Woodward's position as England's only rugby World Cup-winning coach could be about to disappear in a week but he could not be happier and said he was in awe of the team and their coaches after Saturday's 19-7 semi-final win over New Zealand.

In a semifinal match fought mainly in the skies, it was the 81st and last kick of the game that finally broke Welsh hearts and booked South Africa's progression to the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.

Just a bronze-medal playoff against his native New Zealand.

"Can you just send my best wishes to Warren and make sure he enjoys the third-fourth place play-off", Jones asked wryly of the media.

All Blacks flanker Sam Cane left team-mate Sonny Bill Williams red-faced with a amusing interruption during a press conference.

Jones and Gatland are long-standing sparring partners as well as the rivalry between the countries in the rugby world and the outgoing Wales boss made a snidy remark about England's crushing win against the reigning world champions.

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England's Owen Farrell is tackled by New Zealand's Anton Lienert-Brown during their Rugby World Cup semi-final match on Saturday.

The crowds here generally at the World Cup have been fantastic. They kept the team discipline, kept to our game-plan, kept attacking where we thought New Zealand were weak and didn't divert from that.

"We had a walk through this morning and we had to tell Jonny to slow down a bit", Jones said of May.

"It probably wasn't the best spectacle to watch", South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus said, "but the boys stuck to their guns and adapted to it".

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Supporters across South Africa and throughout the world celebrated as the Springboks displayed ongoing tenacity and strength on the field leading to a triumphant win.

"The SABC is excited to be able to bring this historic game to the nation, as the public broadcaster recognises the role it plays in social cohesion, nation building and promoting sports of national interest".

"Owen (Farrell) is a bit sore but will be fine, and there are some bumps and bruises".

"We've lost to England but the World Cup is not finished and I've just got to keep doing it, putting all my energy into that and what will happen after that will happen and we'll have plenty of time to talk about that". They even went so close the officials tried to shuffle them back.

"We have always had the potential to be a force in world rugby and historically we have been", said Erasmus, South Africa's director of rugby, "but we have been through some tough times in recent seasons".

The All Blacks beat the Springboks 23-13 in the pool phase last month - scoring two tries in four-minute span that broke open an otherwise tight game.

"That's why we want to give our best this week and hopefully do the same in the final".

"One thing that you want is the respect of the people that you go out to war with, and he does that".

"They pose different threats to some other teams".

"I talked to a guy called Ali Williams, who played for the All Blacks, and he liked it because the Haka is an arrow formation so they can stare at you, said Tindall".