England was the first country to qualify for the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup in Japan on Saturday. Coach Eddie Jones's team was a size too big for vice-world champion Australia in the quarterfinals: 40-16.

The Australians took the lead in Oita in the first half thanks to Christian Lealiifano, but England fought back before the break. Halfway it was even 17-9 due to scores of Owen Farrell and Jonny May, who played his fiftieth international match.

Australia came back to 17-16 in the first five after halftime, but that was only a brief revival. Coach Michael Cheika's team was no longer involved against England, which led to a big lead at breakneck speed.

At the previous Rugby World Cup in 2015, then-host England did not even make it to the quarter-finals. The British joined the last four in 2007 for the last time. Australia reached the World Cup finals four years ago, which only went wild against New Zealand.

For a place in the final, England will play next week against reigning world champion New Zealand or Ireland, who will play against each other later on Saturday. The other quarter-finals are Wales-France and Japan-South Africa and those posters are scheduled for Sunday.