Most tries and points in a Rugby World Cup quarter-final

Scorelines in knockout matches – an almost all sports – tend to be on the more conservative side.

England became the first side to reach the 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-finals on Saturday. They ran riot against Australia, beating their old rivals 40-16. A Jonny May double and an uninspired Wallabies side turned the first quarterfinal into a bit of a letdown.

But knockout games are traditionally conservative anyway, right? Well, sort of.

There are have only been seven occasions through the history of the tournament where a team scored more than four tries in a Rugby World Cup quarterfinal.

The most recent instance was New Zealand vs France in 2015. The All Blacks ran nine tries past France, beating them 62-13. At the same tournament, Australia scored five against Scotland with an eye-watering tight 35-34 win. South Africa also scored five in a QF once – back in 2007 when they beat Fiji 37-20.

The chart below shows the most tries scored by a team in a QF at all the previous RWC tournaments.

Most tries by team in a RWC QF

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The same is true for total points scored by a team in a RWC QF. Just once (New Zealand vs France in 2015) has a team passed the 50-point mark. England’s 40 vs Australia at the 2019 edition made them just the seventh team to score 40 or more in a Rugby World Cup QF.

Most points by team in a RWC QF

The chart below shows the most points scored by a team in each of the previous RWC QFs. The total points is the total sum for both teams.

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