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    England v Tonga (Result)

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    Recap

    England got a bonus point win their opening match of the World Cup but it was nothing to write home about.

    Beating Tonga 35-3 may have given the English a winning start but it was unconvincing.

    It was a tight opening from both teams as Owen Farrell and Sonatane Takulua traded penalties but the England moved away before the break as Manu Tuilagi touched down twice.

    Farrell then added his second three-pointer for an 18-3 advantage at the interval before Jamie George and Luke Cowan-Dickie completed a mistake-ridden win in the second half.

    A physical Tongan outfit surprise Eddie Jones men as they struggled to get a hold on the game or to stamp their authority on the game.

    An huge improvement will be needed if they want to stake a claim for the cup.

    The scorers:

    For England:
    Tries: Tuilagi 2, George, Cowan-Dickie
    Cons: Farrell 3
    Pens: Farrell 3

    For Tonga:
    Pen: Takulua

    Details

    Date Time League Season Full Time
    September 22, 2019 12:15 Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 Japan 2019 80'

    Venue

    Twickenham

    Results

    TeamLosing Bonus PointPenaltyTriesConversions4 TRY BPPointsOutcome
    England0343135Win
    Tonga010003Loss
    T
    0
    0
    C
    0
    0
    P
    0
    0
    DG
    0
    0

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