Sloppy, sloppy England
Far greater than any individual failing was a collective sloppiness and ill-discipline. With 12 minutes to go, England led only 18-11, with Fiji having spurned 11 points in kicks at goal. Who knows how the dynamic of that last quarter would have played out if Fiji had an established goalkicker. Should England cough up the 17 turnovers and 12 penalties that they did on Friday night against either Wales or Australia, then it would take a great leap of the imagination to see them topping Pool A. The greatest concern was the breakdown, where Fiji comprehensively bettered England in the second half. Either runners found themselves isolated or they were upsetting the referee with their contest for the ball.