世界盃橄欖球賽。英格蘭在半決賽中出局,哪裡出了問題?

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世界盃橄欖球賽。英格蘭在半決賽中出局,哪裡出了問題?

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又一屆橄欖球世界盃,英格蘭隊又一次痛失好局,他們的比賽在半決賽中被薩摩亞隊以黃金分割擊敗。

肖恩-韋恩的球隊也退出了比賽,儘管他們在不到一個月前的比賽開幕式上以60-6的比分擊敗了一支球隊,成為領先的得分者。

但是,對薩摩亞隊的期望值是否過高,該隊有七名球員參加了澳大利亞NRL比賽的總決賽,並且從一開始就被認為是僅次於新西蘭和澳大利亞的比賽的第三大熱門?

還是英格蘭隊導致了他們自己的失敗?英國廣播公司(BBC)體育部關注的是東道主國家的事情是如何敗露的。

蒂姆-拉法伊在薩摩亞的早期嘗試在很多方面都是接下來的一個縮影,卡勒姆-沃特金斯在他的索爾福德隊友懲罰他的失誤時被抓到了位置。

英格蘭隊沒有再現他們在上半場對陣巴布亞新幾內亞時幾乎毫無瑕疵的表現,也沒有再現他們在紐卡斯爾的出色表現,而是充滿了不正常的錯誤。

隊長薩姆-湯姆金斯的一次前場傳球最終讓太平洋島國隊獲得了斯蒂芬-克雷頓的決定性一球。

然而,在此之前,Dom Young和Victor Radley都對薩摩亞隊的進球負有責任--紐卡斯爾騎士隊的邊鋒在一次高踢中失誤,悉尼公雞隊的前鋒Radley直接傳給了Crichton。

"前英格蘭國腳喬恩-威爾金說:"這對幾個人來說是一個重要的學習日。

"傑克-韋爾斯比將從今天學到很多東西,維克多-拉德利為斯蒂芬-克萊頓的嘗試做出了重要貢獻。多姆-楊,我們已經用如此光輝的語言談到了他......"

"當你犯這些錯誤時,你就會學習。他們是年輕的運動員,他們將因此而在未來無限地提高。我覺得年輕的英國隊有一種不同的心態,但他們讓自己失望了,因為他們已經設定了如此高的標準。"

這不是我們看到的那個英格蘭

韋恩在賽後的新聞發布會上也強調了英格蘭隊缺乏冷靜,他的球隊也在努力建立勢頭,並因為踢球過猛而被迫重複。

即使是轉瞬即逝的輝煌時刻也伴隨着大量的挫折,英格蘭隊期待的球迷在酋長球場坐上了情緒過山車。

在看到赫比-法恩沃斯在最後時刻的嘗試將英格蘭隊從懸崖邊拉了回來之後,埃利奧特-懷特黑德的爆發威脅到了最後的落球嘗試,直到堪培拉突擊隊的第二排選擇在一個不成功便成仁的時刻嘗試用傳球找到拉德利。

"前隊長傑米-皮考克說:"英格蘭隊今天在執行和細節方面幾乎退步了,這就是他們的代價。

"這不是我們在過去四周看到的那個英格蘭。我認為他們本應該通過三到四個機會贏得那場比賽。"

同時,馬特-帕里什的球隊自從來到比賽的謝幕式上,每一周都在進化和改進。

周六在酋長球場,帕里什的首發陣容中超過三分之一與之前與英格蘭隊的比賽不同。

"時間是他們最大的財富和最大的幫助。他們沒有最好的準備,"前薩摩亞隊長Willie Poching說。

"有些人直到幾天前才進入訓練營,在總決賽後進入訓練營。他們試圖進入世界盃開幕式的大熔爐。他們已經融為一體,成為一個團體。

"他們現在已經有了很好的理解,他們看起來是在為一個真正強大的目的而比賽。"

威爾金在接受BBC One採訪時補充說:"這裡發生的事情是薩摩亞隊已經達到了他們期望的位置,而英格蘭隊則從他們的位置上退了下來。

"薩摩亞是進入這場比賽的熱門球隊之一,是有原因的。這不應該是一種震驚。

"他[馬特-帕里什]有七個人參加了澳大利亞的總決賽,他們作為第三大熱門來到這裡,他們已經進入了決賽,擊敗了他們被看好的球隊。

"我被誘惑了,認為英格蘭隊今天會做到這一點,我讓自己失望了。"


Last updated on .From the section Rugby League

Another Rugby League World Cup, another gut-wrenching failure for England, whose campaign ended in a golden-point semi-final defeat by Samoa.

Shaun Wane's side also bow out of the competition despite being the leading points scorers to a team they thrashed 60-6 in the tournament opener less than a month ago.

But were expectations too high against a Samoa side containing seven players that featured in the Grand Final of Australia's NRL competition and had been cast as third favourites for the tournament behind New Zealand and Australia from the outset?

Or did England contribute to their own downfall? BBC Sport looks at how things unravelled for the host nation.

Tim Lafai's early Samoa try was in many ways a snapshot of what was to follow, with Kallum Watkins caught out of position as his Salford team-mate punished his lapse of concentration.

Instead of reproducing their almost flawless first-half show against Papua New Guinea or their fine display in Newcastle, England's performance was littered with uncharacteristic errors.

A forward pass from captain Sam Tomkins ultimately allowed the Pacific Islanders to tee up Stephen Crichton's decisive drop-goal.

However, prior to that Dom Young and Victor Radley had both been culpable for Samoa tries - with the Newcastle Knights winger fumbling a high kick and Sydney Roosters forward Radley passing straight to Crichton.

"It's a big learning day for a couple of guys," said former England international Jon Wilkin.

"Jack Welsby will learn a lot from today, Victor Radley made a telling contribution for the Stephen Crichton try. Dom Young, who we've spoken about in such glowing terms..."

"When you make those errors you learn. They are young athletes who will be infinitely better going forward because of this. I felt that the young English team had a different mentality but they let themselves down because they had set such a high standard."

'It was not the England we have seen'

England's lack of composure was also highlighted by Wane in his post-match press duties, with his side also struggling to build momentum and force repeat sets because they overhit kicks.

And even fleeting moments of brilliance arrived with a large dose of frustration as England's expectant fans rode an emotional rollercoaster at Emirates Stadium.

Having seen Herbie Farnworth's late try bring England back from the brink, Elliot Whitehead's burst threatened to provide a late drop-goal attempt, until the Canberra Raiders second row instead elected to try to find Radley with a pass in an all or nothing moment.

"England have almost regressed in terms of execution and detail today and that's what has cost them," said former captain Jamie Peacock.

"It was not the England we have seen for the last four weeks. I thought they should have won that game by three or four opportunities."

Meanwhile, Matt Parish's squad have evolved and improved with each passing week since arriving well undercooked for the tournament's curtain-raiser.

Over a third of Parish's starting line-up from their previous meeting with England was different when the sides were introduced at the Emirates on Saturday.

"Time has been their biggest asset and biggest help. They didn't have the best preparation coming into it," said ex-Samoa captain Willie Poching.

"Some of the guys weren't in the camp until a few days before, coming into it after the Grand Final. They tried to come into the cauldron that was the opener of the World Cup. They've gelled together as a group.

"They've got a great understanding now and they look like they're playing for a real strong purpose."

Speaking on BBC One, Wilkin added: "What has happened here is Samoa have got to where they expected to be and England have fallen back from where they have been.

"Samoa were one of the favourites coming into this tournament for a reason. It shouldn't be a shock.

"He's [Matt Parish] got seven guys who played in the Grand Final in Australia, they came over here as the third favourites and they have got to the final beating the team they were tipped to beat.

"I got seduced into thinking England were going to do it today, and I let myself down."

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