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England struggled passed Japan


Memories of Brighton came to mind on Saturday for the better part of 60 minutes with Japan pushing England all the way on Saturday.

It was a second string England side but the quality was poor throughout the test.

There was just too many mistakes by England and some poor decision making from them as well.

Only after Jones made some changes after halftime, England was able to pull away from Japan.

We are actually still waiting for Eddie Jones prediction that they will be ruthless against Japan.

Maybe toothless but definitely not ruthless.

Japan were outstanding in the opening 40 minutes, deservedly going into the break ahead thanks to Ryoto Nakamura and Michael Leitch tries.

England struggled with getting possession and played most of the rugby in their own half due to poor game management and decisions.

Joe Cokanasiga and Dylan Hartley tries took the game away from Japan at the end as England looked much better with Farrell in the backline controlling the attack.

Japan were dangerous with ball in hand and made a huge statement to all the teams in their World Cup pool

The scorers:

For England:
Tries: Care, Wilson, Cokanasiga, Hartley
Cons: Ford 3
Pens: Daly, Ford 2
Yellow Card: George

For Japan:
Tries: Nakamura, Leitch
Con: Tamura
Pen: Tamura

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