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Job done for Johnson

Martin Johnson immediately turned his attention to next weekend's World Cup showdown with Scotland after England scored 10 tries in a 67-3 rout of Romania.

Mark Cueto and Chris Ashton both claimed hat-tricks as England ran in five tries in each half to fell the Mighty Oaks in comprehensive fashion. Ben Youngs, Ben Foden, Manu Tuilagi and Tom Croft all joined in on the try-scoring action as England placed one foot into the World Cup quarter-finals.

"These games can be awkward," said Johnson.

"We have to go out and play, keep our shape and keep our discipline, which I thought we did generally. If we did that we thought the opportunities would come with the tries, which they did. I am pretty happy, it is job done."

England's place in the last eight will be confirmed if Scotland beat Argentina on Sunday. But Johnson's men would still need to beat Scotland next weekend to win the group and avoid a quarter-final against New Zealand.

"We go into the last week with three wins, which is where we wanted to be. It's a real big week and hopefully we will get the performance to win that one," added Johnson.

"(The World Cup) really starts in a way. That will be a scrap - hopefully Sunday it will be an incredibly physical game! It's a mental thing this week, getting ourselves ready for the game. It's going to be a big one."

Cueto, who was starting his first match of the tournament after recovering from a back injury, had scored just one try in his previous 25 Test appearances. But the Sale wing came roaring back into form to run in his second Test hat-trick, and the third by an England player at the World Cup. Ashton then completed the fourth.

"When you play on the wing your opportunities often come from other people's good work," said Johnson.

"There were some really crisp hands and he was the benefactor of that on the left wing early on. When he wasn't scoring it wasn't a big deal because he was playing well."


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