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England secure bonus-point victory against Tonga

England secure bonus-point victory against Tonga

Staff Reporter

Two tries by centre Manu Tuilagi helped England to a 35 – 3 bonus-point victory over a tough and resilient Tonga in their 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool C opener at the Sapporo Dome.
Mindful of the fact that New Zealand had demolished Tonga 92 – 7 two weeks ago, England was keen to flex their muscles and send a message that they could match the tournament favourites with a similar performance.
The Tongans, led by big-hitting loose forwards Sione Kalamafoni and Zane Kapeli, however, proved difficult to break down and it was only rampaging centre Tuilagi’s tries that gave England an 18 – 3 advantage at halftime.
Hooker Jamie George and his replacement Luke Cowan-Dickie added second-half tries for the 2003 champions, who controlled territory and possession and had a smart tactical kicking game but could not finish off the numerous chances they created.


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