ENGLAND star Ben Kay, in association with Tetley's, Official Beer of England Rugby, looks back on England's final pool game
WE SET ourselves the goal of finishing top of our group and we achieved that with yesterday's convincing win over Uruguay.
A lot of people had been questioning the fluency of our back play and the way the boys performed, albeit against one of the smaller teams at the tournament, will have answered those critics.
It was an exciting game to watch and once we settled down and weathered an early storm - which saw a few scrappy moments from England - the guys put on a great show.
You have to go well to put 111 points on anyone - it was our highest score in any World Cup to date - and Uruguay had shown when they beat Georgia that they knew how to play.
Josh Lewsey had a cracking game, showing his pace and strength in scoring five tries. I thought Mike Catt and Andy Gomarsall were outstanding too and are among a bunch of guys giving Clive Woodward a selection headache ahead of next week's quarter-final clash with Wales.
I think Catty has always been in Clive's thoughts but his injury problems over the last two years have kept him out of the side. Once he proved he was back to full fitness, he was always going to come back into contention and yesterday he looked very sharp for the full 80 minutes.
Everyone will be on tenterhooks waiting for the team to be announced later in the week. You hope you have done enough to make it into the final 15, or at least the match day squad of 22, but someone has to miss out.
Whoever the unlucky guys are, though, they will be the first to congratulate those chosen ahead of them: we have a great spirit and camaraderie in the whole set-up.
We have more injuries to think about. Danny Grewcock may have broken his hand, and Simon Shaw is joining us in case our worst fears are realised. Iain Balshaw damaged his ankle in a tackle and Martin Corry has tweaked his hamstring.
If you watched the game on TV you will have seen Balsh carried off on a stretcher but it seems like it may not have been as serious as it looked.
It is sometimes hard to predict how long guys will be out with both these kinds of injuries; they can clear up after a night's icing-up or they can linger on.
Ireland and Wales both put on fantastic displays against the Wallabies and the All Blacks at the weekend and showed the world that northern hemisphere rugby is in pretty good shape.
We watched most of Wales' game against the New Zealanders and I was certainly cheering for the Welsh boys.
I would love to have seen them turn the Kiwis over. In the end, they didn't quite manage it but they certainly surprised a few people - particularly given that this was not their strongest team - and we know we are in for a battle next Sunday.
Get in the beers, invite your mates round and bag the best seat in front of the telly - it's going to be one hell of a game.