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England win opening game of Rugby World Cup

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England won their opening game of the Rugby World Cup 2015 35-11 against Fiji. The Flying Fijians made England work hard for the bonus point to gain five points from their first game.

England quickly took a 15-0 lead courtesy of an early George Ford penalty, a penalty try from a rolling maul and a Mike Brown score in the corner. The try came after Tom Wood stole a Fijian line-out five metres from the line and Jonathan Joseph's quick hands created space out wide.

But Fiji drove their way back into the contest as England, playing in their changed red strip, struggled at the scrum and their ball-carriers failed to dent the white defensive wall.


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Job done

Fiji made it hard for England to win due to conceding 16 turnovers, but in the last 20 minutes England turned their chances into points with Mike Brown scoring his second.

In the last play of the game Billy Vulipona secured the bonus points for England.

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The man of the match award went to Mike Brown, and it's no surprise because the full-back scored twice and made 172 metres, 100 more than the second best.

Positives from Fiji

A bright spark in the Fijian squad was the unit, Nemani Nadolo. Nadolo scored from an impressive cross field kick towering over Anthony Watson.

Comparisons from the commentary team on ITV all night compared him to the legend Jona Lomu in the 86 World Cup, the comparison was clear especially when he burst through the England defence in the second half.

England took the opportunities to score points, however, to beat the likes of Australia they will need to improve as they will make the turnovers count and make England pay for the loss of possession.

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