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England v Fiji RWC Opener 2015 - Fan's Post Match thoughts


By Kath
September 20 2015

England had a very difficult opening match to the Rugby World Cup 2015 however, they won and England fans can now look forward to the rest of the games, with the banana match out of the way.

England players look on as Fiji perform the Cibi before the Rugby World Cup match at Twickenham - Picture paimages

England opened their Rugby World Cup campaign with a 35 v 11 win over Fiji. 

It was not the spectacle I had hoped for but it was a win with a bonus point as well.  So England at the moment top the table with 5 points a very comforting place to be.  However, as I say I had thought England would show more flair but to be fair the Fijians were mighty men, very huge and slippery.  England will feel the tackles they put in today. 

The TMO played a huge part in this match and although I would like to keep it, like everyone else I feel the game is being slowed down too much.    Why can't they go to the TMO without showing on the big screen over and over, in fact don't show it on the big screen - just let the 4th match official make the decision and the ref., go with it.  

Mike Brown - Man of the Match - Picture paimages

Overall a thankful win for England and they can now move on, but England v Wales will be a very nerve racking match to watch.

Video: full highlights of the match

video courtesy of IRB and engagesportsmedia

 

England: Brown; Watson, Joseph, Barritt, May; Ford, B Youngs; Marler, T Youngs, Cole, Parling, Lawes, Wood, Robshaw, Morgan.

Replacements: Burgess for Barritt (62), Farrell for Ford (62), Wigglesworth for B Youngs (52), B Vunipola for Morgan (52), Webber for T Youngs (74), Brookes for Cole (68), Launchbury for Parling (52), M Vunipola for Marler (52)

Fiji: Talebula; Nayacalevu, Goneva, Lovobalavu, Nadolo; Volavola, Matawalu; Ma'afu, Koto Vuli, Saulo, Ratuniyarawa, Nakarawa, Waqaniburotu, Qera, Matadigo.

Replacements: Ravai for Ma'afu (74), Tuapati for Koto Vuli (75), Colati for Saulo (77), Cavubati for Ratuniyarawa (41), Yato for Waqaniburotu (60).

Not Used: Kenatale, Matavesi, Tikoirotuma.

Sin Bin: Matawalu (13).

Att: 80,015

Ref: Jaco Peyper (South Africa).

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