TOKYO, 27 Oct - It was the morning after the night before in New Zealand, and the Herald on Sunday was close to speechless. Its front page said simply: "The All Blacks are out of the World Cup. If you want to read more go to the sports section."
On the back page, the scale of the surprise was obvious: "Semi-final shock - Hansen's men can't keep up with the Joneses". Inside, the story was "Eddie's chariot in sweet glory ride".
It was left to writer Gregor Paul to get to the nub of how England ended the All Blacks' dream of a hat-trick of Rugby World Cup triumphs. "They reduced the world's best attacking side to a somewhat dishevelled looking, uncertain mish-mash of frantic bad ideas," he wrote.
In England, the papers had all Saturday afternoon to find the right words to describe the glorious exploits of Eddie Jones's team.
For The Observer's Andy Bull, it had been a day of superhuman deeds. "Generations from now they will still be talking about some of those tackles. The All Blacks’ grandchildren will still be telling their kids to behave or else Sam Underhill will come and get them. That if they get out of bed he will come flying out the wardrobe with his arms spread wide either side ready to knock them clean off their feet, just like he did Kieran Read. They will talk, too, of Tuilagi and Tom Curry and Mako Vunipola, who went rampaging around the field as if they were sacking an enemy village."
England v New Zealand Pt I
It is less than four months since England and New Zealand last met on the global sporting stage, in cricket's World Cup final. Funny, last time we looked Martin Guptill and Jos Buttler were cast in the pivotal roles at the end of the Super Over.
Talking of cricket...
England's cricketers are preparing for a series of two Tests and five Twenty20 internationals in, where else, New Zealand, which must have given Saturday's events an extra edge.
Words of consolation
Despite their defeat, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's Prime Minister, was unstinting in her praise for Steve Hansen and his squad.
Posting a picture of the side singing God Defend New Zealand before kick off against England, she wrote: "It might not have been our night, but this is our team and I’m proud of them. So much work went into preparing for this tournament, and the All Blacks represented us both on the field, and off the field as ambassadors too. While tonight it’s congratulations to the side from England, I want to say thank you to the All Blacks. You’re our team."
Words of inspiration...
Meanwhile, South Africa's President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has been chatting to team captain Siya Kolisi, telling him that 57 million of their countrymen are willing the team on and that he will be attending next weekend's final. "So make sure you book my ticket," he added, probably a touch unnecessarily.
Leave my tattoo alone
Honestly, you make one tiny mistake and the world of social media is on your case. Not that Shaun Pollard, a car groomer from Wairarapa, regrets his new tattoo - as featured here on Saturday - of the Webb Ellis Cup, featuring the years the All Blacks have triumphed but including, presumptuously as it turned out, 2019. He will not, he confirmed, be having it altered.
"Nope, no regrets," he said. "It's got one wrong date on it now." His wife, Lisa, loves it, so that's that. "I've had stick already. Social media has gone crazy. There are people out there saying I have jinxed them, but it didn't come down to a tattoo, did it? It came down to 15 men on a paddock."
Arrogant Kiwis? Don’t know what you’re talking about...🙈 pic.twitter.com/HLvSkFysuG— Andy Rowe (@AndyRoweOnline) October 25, 2019
'Eddie's a genius'
Jurassic Park actor Sam Neill is a big rugby fan and proud New Zealander, so no prizes for guessing how he felt on Saturday night.
Join Elma and supporters of both sides - plus a few extras - as she experiences all the excitement of Saturday's semi-final between England and New Zealand in Yokohama.
South Africa's flying winger takes the plaudits in our latest #RWCEpicMoments for his try against Japan.
After round five of #RWCEpicMoments here at Rugby World Cup 2019, the winner as voted by fans across the globe was Makazole Mapimpi for his try against Japan.— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 27, 2019
Stay tuned for round six launching on Monday.@DHLRugby #RWC2019 pic.twitter.com/nYfFODGnj6
Stat of the day
This is the fourth successive Rugby World Cup in which one of the semi-finals has been won by five points or fewer. Two of the teams winning those matches lost the final but New Zealand won in 2015 after beating South Africa 20-18 at this stage.