Written by Staff Writer
19 Sep, 2015 | 11:16 am
England coach Stuart Lancaster walked away from Twickenham a happy man after his team secured a potentially crucial bonus point in the final seconds of their 35-11 win over Fiji in their opening Rugby World Cup match on Friday (September 18).
Replacement number eight Billy Vunipola’s stoppage-time score, confirmed after a three-minute TMO review, was England’s fourth try and gave them five points in the standings.
With the potential for Australia, Wales and England to beat each other in a tough Pool A, a bonus point could prove key in deciding progress to the quarter-finals.
It was a mixed night for England, who started really well amid a tingling atmosphere but lost their way against a physical and determined Fijian side before finishing strongly.
Captain Chris Robshaw, who was again to the fore when England’s late forward drives drained the last reserves of energy from the islanders, was also delighted.
Fiji coach John McKee said his team could’ve made it a tighter finish had they not buckled under the pressure of the big occasion.
Fiji will play Australia on Wednesday (September 23) and England will play Wales next Saturday (September 26).
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