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E17yid

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Quite a high penalty count for England that half. That said they’re doing what needs to be done without playing very well.
 

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Slow start to our campaign. Understandable there might be a few nerves and feeling our way into it a bit, but first 15-20 mins were showing far too much respect to Tonga. We've tried to play a lot more since then and got a couple of tries, but silly errors (particularly in the forwards and at the breakdown) have killed momentum on most occasions we've got up a head of steam.

I think there is a lot of holding back though and assuming some of their big rigs will tire and we will pull away in the second half. We shall see.......

Ref/officials have been very sensible in the key moments, but also let Tonga get away with quite a lot I thought which aids the contest - I've seen numerous neck rolls and tackles, lost count of the number of blockers standing in our defensive line and interfering with would be tacklers, and that hit on Vunipola, whilst being pretty awesome, looked a blatant shoulder charge completely ignored.
 

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Already quite bored with the amount of ref chat in this World Cup.

It's a tricky sport to ref. But so far the standard has been pretty good IMO. At least generally consistent in each game, if not from game to game.
 

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Slow start to our campaign. Understandable there might be a few nerves and feeling our way into it a bit, but first 15-20 mins were showing far too much respect to Tonga. We've tried to play a lot more since then and got a couple of tries, but silly errors (particularly in the forwards and at the breakdown) have killed momentum on most occasions we've got up a head of steam.

I think there is a lot of holding back though and assuming some of their big rigs will tire and we will pull away in the second half. We shall see.......

Ref/officials have been very sensible in the key moments, but also let Tonga get away with quite a lot I thought which aids the contest - I've seen numerous neck rolls and tackles, lost count of the number of blockers standing in our defensive line and interfering with would be tacklers, and that hit on Vunipola, whilst being pretty awesome, looked a blatant shoulder charge completely ignored.
His arms were outstretched looking to wrap. Certainly not a blatant shoulder charge as his arms wouldn’t have been out at all and would’ve just dipped the shoulder. Fair tackle for me.
 

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Fairly typical opening match performance so far. Tonga have shown a lot more backbone than Scotland did earlier and I think England are 'managing' the game at this stage.

Two more tries and its job done really.
 

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England just making poor decisions and giving away few silly penalties. The kicking game seemed obvious until Tonga filled their backline with aerial specialists!

Still, bonus point win is the only requirement.
 

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Big hit but I’m a little confused as to why people are celebrating it so much when they all threw their toys out the prom at Hodge’s tackle against Fiji. The hit on Billy was illegal in the current game
That Hodge one was different. No attempt made to wrap his arms. His arms weren’t even outstretched. The one on billy used the shoulder but his arms were outstretched.
 

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Too many handling errors and too many penalties. 16 minutes to get the bonus point try, which they would have secured already if not for the errors. Whatever happens they need to improve considerably.
 

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Big hit but I’m a little confused as to why people are celebrating it so much when they all threw their toys out the prom at Hodge’s tackle against Fiji. The hit on Billy was illegal in the current game
The Hodge one was completely different. Was much higher than the hit on Billy and absolutely no attempt was made to wrap the arms.
 

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Too many handling errors and too many penalties. 16 minutes to get the bonus point try, which they would have secured already if not for the errors. Whatever happens they need to improve considerably.
Yep. Been far too sloppy today. Jones won't be happy with the performance in particular individual unforced errors. Were lucky to have one of the easier games first to hopefully get it out of our system now. We'll need to be much more clinical against the better teams.
 

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Too many handling errors and too many penalties. 16 minutes to get the bonus point try, which they would have secured already if not for the errors. Whatever happens they need to improve considerably.
Yep have to hope this is just them 'getting going' but based on today's games you'd be looking at Ireland rather than England.
 

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I think this is perfect for England. Have been poor but bonus point achieved and shit loads to work on. Eddie will be getting into them after this.
 

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Let’s face it, France are hardly the most consistent team in the world and you always beat Argentina so.....
 
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