England leads United States 19-0 at halftime in Kobe

Friday, 27 Sep, 2019

England won Thursday's game 45-7. They've got good ball-in-hand play.

"We had to work for it again, the U.S. were a really physical, passionate team so we had to earn that win and I thought we did that very well".

"We're pleased where we are, after two games we have 10 points, conceded one try", Jones told a news conference.

Or, as they say in England and the United States of America, hello.

Ford opened England's account in the seventh minute, spotting an inviting hole in the U.S. defence as Cam Dolan flew out of the line to breeze through for a try.

Jones also highlighted the improvements made by the lower-tier countries at the World Cup with Russian Federation and Uruguay, as well as England's previous opponents Tonga and the United States, giving a good account of themselves.

"I would say we pretty much don't have anything to lose, other than the rugby game".

The Italians, who rested several players, were in no mood to allow a second shock within the space of 24 hours and were led by rampaging loose forwards Jake Polledri, Braam Steyn and Sebastian Negri. England scored two tries from the rolling maul, after Ford had opened the scoring by running between to US defenders on five minutes, and it remained a powerful weapon throughout.

Ford's conversion hit the post but England were still 19-0 in front.

A very successful morning's work for Eddie Jones' men, despite it ending 45-7 in the end with a last-minute try from USA.

That mistake prompted the Eagles' best spell of the match only for England to force a ruck penalty. Hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie was over from a second rolling maul eight minutes later.

England, which even rested a couple of its top players, had almost 80% of the territory and barely let the US into its own half.

By coming off the bench, Youngs joined starting prop Dan Cole in winning his 91st England cap as the pair went into joint third place on the national list alongside 2003 hero Jonny Wilkinson.

And so it proved as England added further tries through Ruairidh McConnochie, Lewis Ludlam and Cokanasiga again, to run out comfortable winners, in a performance that satisfied their coach Eddie Jones.

The U.S., the last team to appear in the tournament, was so almost the first to be kept scoreless - it scored its only try through replacement Bryce Campbell almost two minutes after the final hooter and after a insane move which resulted in both teams throwing possession away numerous times before Campbell seized his opportunity to dive over near the posts.

The USA next play France in Fukuoka on October 2, while England facing Argentina in Tokyo on October 5.

"We need to improve every aspect of our game but we can not be missing 40% of our tackles and think we will be in the equation".