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England demolish Fiji 58-18

England swept aside Fiji 58-15 to extend their triumphant run to 12 Tests. Nine tries were amassed in the second autumn international with Jonathan Joseph, Semesa Rokoduguni and Joe Launchbury crossing twice and with less than half an hour on the clock England had surged 34-0 ahead. A passive Fijian defence waved them through at […]

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November 20, 2016 9:33 am

England swept aside Fiji 58-15 to extend their triumphant run to 12 Tests.

Semesa Rokoduguni scored England’s third try in a record win over Fiji.
Semesa Rokoduguni scored England’s third try in a record win over Fiji.

Nine tries were amassed in the second autumn international with Jonathan Joseph, Semesa Rokoduguni and Joe Launchbury crossing twice and with less than half an hour on the clock England had surged 34-0 ahead.

A passive Fijian defence waved them through at every opportunity, but either side of half time it became the hosts’ turn to crumble as Nemani Nadolo, Leone Nakarawa and Metuisela Talebula plundered soft tries.

It took less than four minutes for England, clad in their anthracite change strip, to storm ahead with Joseph slipping over after Mako Vunipola had used a combination of footwork and power to force Fiji backwards.

England were irrepressible as they poured through the gaps before them and in the 13th minute they crossed for a third time when intelligent running from Daly and Goode sent Rokoduguni over.

The avalanche of points was interrupted as Fiji conjured a well-worked try, using their forwards to drive through the middle before exploiting an overlap with wing Nadolo crossing in the left corner.

And a second was delivered on half time after completion of a smart attack, although England should not have allowed lock Nakarawa to twist over so easily.

Whatever Jones said at half-time had little impact as Fiji took just three minutes to run in their third try and once again the home defence was exploited far too easily.

Captain Akapusi Qera muscled his way upfield and in a flash full-back Talebula arrived on an arching line that swept him over the whitewash, in the process beating lame tackles from Dylan Hartley and Billy Vunipola.

Hartley had a try disallowed for obstruction from Mako Vunipola, but with half an hour remaining England added their sixth after a devastating run from Rokoduguni that should have finished with Daly going over, instead ending a few phases later when Goode scored his first international try.

Joseph picked off an intercept after a wild pass by Josh Matavesi and with England’s superior fitness beginning to tell, Ford sent Rokoduguni strolling over to complete the scoring.

Source: ESPN

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