Hosts England get off to a positive start after victory over tough tackling Fiji in Rugby World Cup opener at Twickenham stadium.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
England secured their first win of the 2015 Rugby World Cup with a 35-11 win over Fiji, though the score line may understate the high level of competition the Fijians gave the 2003 champions.
England will seriously have to re-evaluate their play after a nervy first half display where they conceded too many penalties and seemed to lose too many tackles. The Fijians used their superior body sizes to bully the English defense. However, England were good on the attacking front as they secured a 15-0 lead as the first half progressed. Fiji fought back as Nikola Matawalu broke away sensationally from the English defense but was denied a try after losing control of the ball while touching down.
However, it was not long before the Fijians secured their try as a cross kick from Ben Vola was caught by left winger Nademi Nadolo for the Fijians first try. England continued looking suspect at the back though their opponents were at fault for not taking advantage of that fact.
In the final quarter of the game, the English seemed to have a renewed spring to their step as they scored a couple of tries including one in the last minute of the game. England face off next against the Welsh next Saturday at Twickenham .
The second game of the tournament will be a Pool C encounter between Tonga and Georgia on Saturday afternoon.