England v Wales - Old Mutual Wealth Cup

England breeze past Fiji at Twickenham

England made it 11 consecutive victories under Eddie Jones as they swept aside Fiji 58-15 in the second game of the Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals at Twickenham on Saturday.

After opening their autumn campaign with a convincing 37-21 victory over South Africa, Eddie Jones reshuffled his side for the arrival of Fiji, with the likes of Jonathan Joseph, Semesa Rokoduguni and Alex Goode all returning to the backline.

Lightning fast start seals the game for England

And it was Joseph who opened the scoring inside the first four minutes, after a powerful drive from the outstanding Mako Vunipola, the ball was moved wide to Owen Farrell and the centre’s perfectly timed pass sent Joseph through the gap and over in the corner.

Just minutes later England were in again, when George Ford’s gorgeous wide pass found Elliot Daly and the Wasps star turned on the after burners for his first international try.

In the 13th minute the hosts were in again – fine hands down the short side released Rokoduguni into space and the Fijian-born former soldier showed his finishing prowess to touchdown in the corner.

Within the next 10-minutes England killed the game-off with two well worked driving maul scores from Teimana Harrison and Joe Launchbury. In the process Owen Farrell also became just the second England player to pass 500 test match points and his side were 31-0 ahead.

However just before half-time the Pacific Islanders hit back with two scores. The first went to the giant winger Nemani Nadolo who exploited an overlap to score in the corner. Then it was the turn of superstar lock Leone Nakarawa who twisted and wriggled his way through the tackles to score.

England run in four second-half tries to seal win number two of in the Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals

Fiji’s resurgence continued early in the second half as full-back Metuisela Talebula sliced through the English defence to score in the corner. But after that it was one way traffic once again.

In the 49th minute England surged into the Fijian 22, the ball was moved down the line and Mako Vunipola again showed great awareness as he sent Alex Goode over for his first try for England. Soon after Joseph added his second score intercepting a wild pass.

Rokoduguni scored his second international try, walking over in the corner after another fabulous George Ford pass. Launchbury completed his brace of scores finishing off a flowing move with forwards and backs interlinking well to send the Wasps lock over the line.

Job done for England, but bigger tests now await.

But Jones has admitted the performance on Saturday has given him some selection headaches, saying: “We have got great competition for places so it is going to be a couple of sleepless nights before we do selection. And we’ll name the side on Thursday this week – well, that is what we are aiming to do.”

Midlands Sportsman’s Luncheon welcomes England captain Dylan Hartley

Eventmasters are delighted to announce that England Rugby captain Dylan Hartley will join us as our guest of honour at the 27th Annual Midlands Sportsman’s LuncheonThursday 15th December 2016.

The fantastic event is one of the most popular rugby luncheons of the year, perfect for entertaining guests or enjoying a Christmas party with staff. The Midlands Sportsman’s Luncheon has a history of attracting the biggest names in English rugby and we are thrilled that Hartley will join that list during 2016.

Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy this superb festive event with the England captain. Our Midland’s Sportsman’s Luncheon hospitality packages are available to buy online for tables for 8 or 10 guests – please follow the link provided to secure your seats.