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Jones: Win Was Good ‘Fish And Chips’

Poor tackling was the downfall of the Vodafone Flying Fijians when they were walloped 58-15 by England at Twickenham yesterday. The Akapusi Qera-captained side opted to go high most times,
21 Nov 2016 11:19
Jones: Win Was Good ‘Fish And Chips’

Poor tackling was the downfall of the Vodafone Flying Fijians when they were walloped 58-15 by England at Twickenham yesterday.

The Akapusi Qera-captained side opted to go high most times, which allowed England to  brush them aside and run in nine tries. The Englishmen were rampant in the first half scoring five tries through Fijian-born winger Semesa Rokoduguni, Jonathan Joseph, Elliot Daly, Joe Launchbury and Teimana Harrison. The Fijians though remained spirited throughout with Qera leading the way. The Fijians etched their name into the score sheet when they relentlessly pounded at the English line until the home side looked quite depleted.

Fiji sent it wide quickly and Nadolo scored. The visitors then dotted down again in quick succession after they camped out on the England line before the ball was given short to Nakarawa who dummied before falling over the line. Fiji trailed 34-10 at halftime.

The Fijians kept their momentum going into the second half as they rumbled upfield through their forwards before swinging wide to Metuisela Talebula who broke the line through some clever foot work scored the five-pointer.

England full-back Alex Goode then got his name onto the score sheet when England scored another after another electric run up field from Rokoduguni who was tackled just short of the line. England then recycled quickly and sent it wide for Goode to score. Joseph then got his second try after a long Fiji pass was skilfully intercepted by the centre.

The last 20 minutes was quieter from the dominant hosts but they did manage to score two more through Rokoduguni and Launchbury who both completed their own braces.

England rugby coach Eddie Jones said, the win was good ‘fish and chips’.

“It doesn’t mean fish and chips is basic. I thought we played some sparkling rugby, really good stuff. The ball movement, crispness of passing was fantastic,” he told BBC.



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