Five tries for Arundell as England thrash Chile
MATCH REPORT: England scored eleven tries on the trot as they disposed of Chile in their Pool D match at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille on Saturday with wing Henry Arundell crossing the white wash five times in their 71-0 win over the South Americans.
Captain Owen Farrell came within one point of Jonny Wilkinson’s record as England’s all-time points scorer.
But the man of the moment was Arundell, who is the fourth player to score five or more tries in a men’s World Cup match, after Marc Ellis, Chris Latham and Josh Lewsey.
He’s also the second youngest to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match, after the great Jonah Lomu.
England moved comfortably to the top of their Pool with this win.
Their first try, in the 20th minute, came after a strong scrum that saw Chile go down, and the ball was spread wide quickly to send over Arundell for his first on the night.
The Los Cóndores showed their intent to flex their muscles despite playing one of the tier 1 teams in the world and did so by turning over possession, ripping the ball from England’s hands, twice in the first 15 minutes.
As in their former games, they looked strong in the opening minutes. But it did not last long.
Displaying a different style of rugby, England was eager to give the ball air and attack with their backs from every area on the field.
Three minutes later, a white blanket of England forwards powered over for their second try, executed brilliantly from a line-out. Theo Dan showed good patience for his first World Cup try.
Owen Farrell converted this try for his side to extend their lead to 12-0.
England scored five tries in the first half, the last a brilliant individual effort by Marcus Smith. Another Farrell conversion took the Red Roses to 31-0.
The Chilean line-out was their Achilles heel, losing vital ball on their own attacking throws.
The teams went into the tunnel at half-time with the English leading 31-0.
England continued where they left off in the second half, mauling their way over the try-line with power, giving Dan his second try.
And a few minutes later Arundell got his hat-trick after the England backs were unleashed again.
At stages Chile had possession and tried to break through the England defence, but it was almost impenetrable.
Arundell got his fourth try, chipping over the heads of Chile, keeping his patience with a defender behind him, caught the ball and scored.
In the 65th minute Chile had their best opportunity for a try with a line-out five metres from England’s try-line. But England snatched the ball in the maul resulting in a scrum to the men in white.
Arundell got his fifth try with ten minutes left on the clock. Flank Jack Willis was the last to score just before the hooter went.
This victory all but guarantees England’s quarterfinal place.
Man of the Match: Henry Arundell for his six tries – the fourth player to score five or more tries in a men’s World Cup match and the second youngest to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match, after the great Jonah Lomu. His five tries helped England to their biggest win of this World Cup campaign
Tries: Arundell 5, Dan 2, Rodd, Smith 2, Willis
Cons: Farrell 8
Yellow card: Matias Dittus (Chile, 44′ for dangerous play)
England: 15 Marcus Smith, 14 Henry Arundell, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Ollie Lawrence, 11 Max Malins, 10 Owen Farrell (captain), 9 Danny Care, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Jack Willis, 6 Lewis Ludlam, 5 George Martin, 4 David Ribbans, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Theo Dan, 1 Bevan Rodd
Replacements: 16 Jack Walker, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Ollie Chessum, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 George Ford, 23 Joe Marchant
Chile: 15 Francisco Urroz; 14 Cristobal Game, 13 Domingo Saavedra, 12 Matias Garafulic, 11 Franco Velarde; 10 Rodrigo Fernandez, 9 Benjamin Videla; 8 Alfonso Escobar, 7 Ignacio Silva, 6 Martin Sigren (captain); 5 Javier Eismann, 4 Clemente Saavedra; 3 Matias Dittus, 2 Augusto Bohme, 1 Salvador Lues
Replacements: 16 Tomas Dussaillant, 17 Vittorio Lastra, 18 Inaki Gurruchaga, 19 Pablo Huete, 20 Thomas Orchard, 21 Raimundo Martinez, 22 Lukas Carvallo, 23 Inaki Ayarza
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Pierre Brousset (France), Andrea Piardi (Italy)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)