Jones: England took game to 'God of rugby'

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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.

South Africa promised to "fight fire with fire" against England after they booked their place in the final.

England have surged to the summit of the global rankings at the All Blacks' expense and Jones insists they have the higher gear needed to lift the Webb Ellis Trophy for a second time.

"We see it as a chance to in some ways redeem ourselves".

"They pose different threats to some other teams".

"Things don't always go the way you want them to and sport teaches you that and that's the way life is too, so put your big boy trousers on, pick your bottom lip up and get going again because nothing good is gained from sulking or not moving", Cane said.

"If you're a loyal fan, you believe they're going to win".

The Leicester try machine was touch and go to face the All Blacks because of a hamstring issue and, having recovered from that, he lasted 45 minutes before suffering an additional injury setback. "We had to dig deep to win that game".

While Hansen admitted they were outplayed he said his coaching staff knew what was coming for them as England produced a massive defensive effort and dominated the breakdown and collision areas.

They do not need to play a territorial kicking game and wait for South Africa to make a mistake. They will tinker with them to allow for how South Africa play but I do not think they are going to change their attacking shape too much. It's always a battle.

Remarkably, New Zealand have never dropped out of the top three in the rankings, which is a testament to how consistent they have been since they were introduced in 2003.

"So it will be interesting to see how England are next week and it could be a good game".

And they will now be firm favourites to land a second world crown following a Jonny Wilkinson-inspired success against Australia 16 years ago. All it's done is give us another week in the comp.

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

"We are not historians".

"We're proud of our people back home and the people who came last week to support us", he said.

"The way the players in the last two, two and half years took the responsibility of being very professional and taking ownership of what it means to be a professional rugby player has been the big difference", said Erasmus. We had been unconsciously preparing a game for this game.

"It's another week or us. We wanted to be respectful but we didn't just want to stand in a flat line".

"I thought South Africa played well: physical, scrummed well, drove pretty well, aimed for collisions, they needed to take us up front", Gatland said.

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