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Doubling up: Manu Tuilagi crossed twice for England
Doubling up: Manu Tuilagi crossed twice for England

By Duncan Bech

Eddie Jones admitted England needed "Fergie time" to ensure their World Cup title quest began with a bonus-point victory over Tonga yesterday.

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It took until the 77th minute to deliver the fourth try through Luke Cowan-Dickie that sealed a 35-3 win at the Sapporo Dome.

Sir Alex Ferguson visited the squad in Bristol during the summer and Jones referred to the former Manchester United manager's ability to inspire late goals.

"One person we were lucky enough to have in was Sir Alex Ferguson," Jones said. "Fergie time! The message was be patient and that's what I enjoyed about our team - there was no sign of panic and they kept playing good rugby and the try came.

"It might have been easier if it had come a little bit earlier, but it came and that's a good sign."

Had it not been for Manu Tuilagi, who crossed twice, they might have been in trouble.

"We're really pleased. We came to get five points and we got five. We've no injuries and we know we can play better," Jones said.

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