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England v Fiji - Story of the match

Published 19/11/2016

Elliot Daly was one of England's most impressive performers
Elliot Daly was one of England's most impressive performers

England swept aside Fiji 58-15 to extend their triumphant run to 12 Tests, but the defensive frailties evident at Twickenham will have concerned head coach Eddie Jones.

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.


"Cracking performance by all the Bath boys for @EnglandRugby, topped of by double try-scorer @rocco3225 being named Man of the Match! " - Bath Rugby impressed by the key contributions of their players Semesa Rokoduguni, Jonathan Joseph and George Ford in the win, with Charlie Ewels making his debut off the bench.


Elliot Daly's ninth-minute try was the culmination of a fluid team move that started with Chris Robshaw stripping the ball out of the tackle and ended with the flying Wasp threequarter plotting a graceful line over the whitewash, keeping the ball in both hands to leave Fiji guessing.


Switched from outside centre to left wing, Daly showed the type of adaptability that could be a crucial ingredient of the 2019 World Cup squad. His pace and vision have been fully transferred from club level to the international arena.


A 12th successive Test victory is the second longest winning streak in England's history, leaving them two short of the 14 games set in 2002-03.


Even the most passionate England fan must have felt uneasy as Fiji were put to the sword. Fiji produces the most naturally gifted players and the fact it is done against a backdrop of overseas clubs and nations plundering their finest talent highlights the global game's greatest injustice.


England v Argentina, Twickenham, Saturday, November 26

Fiji v Japan, Stade de la Rabine, Saturday, November 19

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