England and Fiji desperate to seize dream opportunity

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England and Fiji desperate to seize dream opportunity

England and Fiji have both reached the World Cup quarter-finals, despite not dominating their previous matches. They have a chance to progress while the top four teams compete in Paris. The draw provided a relatively easy path to the knockout stage for both teams, and they are confident going into their upcoming clash.

In previous years, England would have been the clear favorites. However, after losing to Fiji in August and witnessing Fiji eliminate Australia from the tournament, the odds have become more even. Fiji is playing in their third quarter-final, while England is aiming for their sixth semi-final appearance.

England has had mixed performances in their four wins. They displayed a superb performance against Argentina, despite playing with 14 men for most of the match. They were also strong against Japan and Chile. However, their performance against Samoa was poor, and they only managed to scrape a win. Coach Steve Borthwick sees this as a tough test that they needed after a two-week break.

England’s style of play may not have gained them many admirers, and they are likely to play even tighter in their upcoming match to avoid getting caught in an open game against Fiji’s dangerous runners. Borthwick has made two significant selection choices for the match, including dropping George Ford and starting Marcus Smith at fullback.

Owen Farrell will lead the team and employ a slow and deliberate strategy, aiming to score points through penalties and exploit gaps later in the game. Smith’s presence in the backline gives England fans hope that they can find a way to score tries.

Fiji has had a strong campaign, playing well against Wales and beating Australia. They did just enough to secure a win against Georgia and narrowly missed out on a victory against Portugal. They have shown improvement in the basic aspects of the sport, including their scrum and breakdown success. However, their lineout remains vulnerable, and they have had moments of inconsistency in all their matches.

The article concludes by providing the team lineups for both England and Fiji.

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