Five talk­ing points from open­ing match

The Daily Telegraph - Rugby World Cup - - Sport Rugby World Cup 2015 - By Daniel Schofield

Bonus points count!

For the past two months, we have heard that no stone has been left un­turned in the grand drive­way of Pen­ny­hill Park to Eng­land’s train­ing base. All bases have been cov­ered, ex­cept for a few ba­sic rules that had ap­par­ently not been ex­plained to the play­ers, with Billy Vu­nipola dis­play­ing a re­mark­able de­gree of ig­no­rance about his try that clinched the bonus point against Fiji. “To be truth­fully hon­est with you, I didn’t know that bonus points counted in the World Cup,” Vu­nipola said. “I was just more ex­cited that I’d scored a try.” A kind in­ter­pre­ta­tion is that Eng­land are so fo­cused on win­ning ev­ery game that bonus points be­come ir­rel­e­vant. How­ever, in a pool con­tain­ing Aus­tralia and Wales which may well be de­cided by the nar­row­est of mar­gins, it is highly alarm­ing that any Eng­land player on the field was un­aware of the im­por­tance of scor­ing four tries against Fiji.

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