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Bath Rugby’s Semesa Rokoduguni stars as England down Fiji

Bath Rugby duo Semesa Rokoduguni and Jonathan Joseph and Wasps lock Joe Launchbury all bagged doubles as England scored nine tries to seal a comprehensive 58-15 victory over Fiji in the second game of the Old Mutual Wealth Series at Twickenham Stadium.

Having beaten South Africa last weekend, Eddie Jones’ side followed that up with an impressive performance with Joseph flying over in the corner after just four minutes.

Further tries from Wasp flyer Elliot Daly, Rokoduguni, Northampton Saints flanker Teimana Harrison and Launchbury followed along with nine points from the boot of Saracens playmaker Owen Farrell.

Fiji scored tries through Nemani Nadolo and Leone Nakarawa as the half ended 34-10.

The visitors had the first say of the second half with Metuisela Talebula powering over in the corner before tries from Saracens full-back Alex Goode, Joseph, Rokoduguni and Launchbury, as well as George Ford’s conversion sealed the win.

Joseph’s score was his tenth international try and the landmarks did not stop there. Daly went over through Fiji’s defence for his first international try.

Bath wing Rokoduguni held off a couple of tackles to power over on the right wing in what was also his first England try and Harrison bundled over off the back of a driving maul to do likewise.

And in between all of that Farrell passed 500 points for his country in his 45thappearance.

Goode continued the landmarks after the break scoring his first try for his country after Rokoduguni’s break was brilliantly recycled to the right wing where he had an easy run-in.

Joseph intercepted to cross unchallenged while man-of-the-match Rokoduguni strolled in to take England past 50 points in his first start for his country since his debut in 2014.

Charlie Ewels also came on to make his England debut in the closing stages of the match with Launchbury having the final say of the match.

The victory was England’s 12th in a row and 11th under head coach Jones who will celebrate one year in the job on Sunday.

In that time England have won the RBS 6 Nations, sealing a first Grand Slam since 2003, and also an historic 3-0 series whitewash over Australia down under.

They next have matches against Argentina and Australia in the Old Mutual Wealth Series as they attempt to end the year unbeaten.

 

England: Goode, Rokoduguni, Joseph, Farrell, Daly, Ford, Youngs; M Vunipola, Hartley (capt), Cole, Launchbury, Lawes, Robshaw, Harrison, B Vunipola.

Replacements: George, Marler, Sinckler, Ewels, Hughes, Care, Te’o, Slade.

Fiji: Talebula, Masilevu, Tikoirotuma, Vulivuli, Nadolo, Matavesi, Vularika; Ma’afu, Koto, Saulo, Ratuniyawara, Nakarawa, Waqaniburotu, Yato, Qera.

 

Replacements: Talemaitoga, Ravai, Atalifo, Soqeta, Dawai, Radrodro, Matawalu, Murimurivalu.

Attendance: 81,409

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