England sploshed their way to the Rugby World Cup semi-final with victory over Australia - and head coach Simon Middleton says their focus is still locked on winning the thing outright.

The rain lashed down for large periods of the 41-5 success at Auckland's Waitakere Stadium, making quick attacks hugely difficult.

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So it was no surprise that the seven tries from the Red Roses, including a hat-trick from Marlie Packer, all came from the forwards.

But Middleton was pleased with both the performance and preparation from his side, as they now turn their attentions to Canada in the last four.

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The head coach said: "We had some great sessions in the week, especially in terms of the frame of mind the players were in.

"When you get to this stage you don't need to point out to the players how significant the preparation needs to be and how it feeds into the performance.

"I don't think anyone could've prepared for the conditions we faced in the first half, but that's testament to the players in this team, they were really smart with the game plan.

"We had a chat before we left this morning about a couple tweaks we wanted to make and they took it on really well."

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Abbie Ward, Amy Cokayne and Alex Matthews all crossed for England, who featured ex-Welwyn trio Zoe Harrison, Helena Rowland and Hannah Botterman.

But it was the first try of the day that brought the most joy, scored by skipper Sarah Hunter on the occasion of her 138th appearance, making her England's most-capped player.

And the player herself said the try and the win made the day even sweeter.

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Speaking to ITV, the 37-year-old said: "I think the thing that tops it all off has been the win. That is the focus, we are in knockout rugby.

"Winning in this means the record-cap number is even sweeter. It has been so surreal, I have had the most amazing support.

"I just wanted one cap. I just wanted to play for England. I kept hanging on, the feeling to play for your country is like an addiction.

"Hopefully there is more to come."

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Canada progressed to the last four meeting at Eden Park on Saturday morning, a 3.30am kick-off, with a hard-fought 32-11 victory over USA.

The beaten Eagles included another ex-Welwyn junior, Lotte Clapp, in their starting line-up.

Hosts New Zealand play France in the other semi.