Sloppy, sloppy Eng­land

The Daily Telegraph - Rugby World Cup - - Sport Rugby World Cup 2015 -

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.

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