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Summary

  1. Result: England 35-11 Fiji
  2. Penalty, 2 Brown & B Vunipola tries for England
  3. Nadolo try for Fiji
  4. Bonus-point win for England

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By Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

It's time to form a huddle, reflect on our performances and set our sights on the next task in front of us, which is live coverage for Tonga's Pool C opener against Georgia.

Ireland, South Africa, France and Italy are also in action There'll be more of the same from us from 11:00 BST. 

Until then why not read our chief sports writer Tom Fordyce's take on tonight's match by clicking here. Thanks as always for joining us. Until the morrow... 

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Former Wales flanker Martyn Williams has his say...

There'll be loads of 'oh Wales shouldn't be worried'....reality is that's a good win for England against a tough Fijian side....

What the papers will say

"Golden Brown," says the Daily Telegraph, referring to two-try full-back Mike Brown and his headline-making performance. 

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Daily Telegraph

What the papers will say

We've mentioned impressing the other half over breakfast with some stats, but what will the back pages look like in the morning? "Roar of the roses," hails The Times of England's victory. 

The Times
The Times

Stat attack

England 35-11 Fiji

We have mentioned Mike Brown a lot and there's a reason for that because he led the way in so many ways, an example is the 'defenders beaten' category.  

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All-time low for Fiji

England 35-11 Fiji

Fiji threatened during the match and it might come as a surprise to learn that the 11 points they registered was their lowest total against England.

On the other side of the coin, England have won all six of their Test matches against Fiji, each by a margin greater than 12 points. Take those stats and impress the other half over breakfast, or maybe use them to gain a significant other. Stats are the new poetry. 

'There were some nerves'

Coach reaction

Stuart Lancaster
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England coach Stuart Lancaster, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "It was a big occasion and there were a few nerves. We got a good lead but didn't put the nail in the coffin. 

"We had to work hard and that last try late in the game was a massive relief. I don't think we were ever going to be on the end of a hiding at 18-11 but it was nervy. 

"We didn't get our game plan into action. We have to be more direct, we were a little bit lateral. Our bench made us much quicker. But overall it was a big game to play and if you'd have offered me a four-try bonus I'd have taken it. We definitely have some decisions to make, we have two days to dwell on that. We'll watch the game again, meet on Sunday and narrow down our selection next week."

Happy as Harry

Prince Harry of, erm, Wales, celebrates those late England tries. The Duke of Cambridge, the vice Royal Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union, rooted in his seat as everyone else loses their composure. I'm saying nothing. 

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Stats of the match

England 35-11 Fiji

It's the scoreboard that matters, but the match stats also tell a story. 

Match stats
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'We knew our fitness would tell'

Player reaction

England hooker Tom Youngs, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "I think we'll take the outcome but we're disappointed with some of the performances. 

"We didn't do the simple things and got dragged into a different style of play. Our fitness showed late on and we got ourselves back into the game. 

"We were aware of the Fijian talent and flair and didn't want to let them get too close. We knew our fitness would tell."

Tom Youngs is tackled by Dominiko Waqaniburotu
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'There need to be changes'

England 35-11 Fiji

Matt Dawson

2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

"I think there will have to be changes for Wales. There isn't time to give people a run in the side and let them get into games under their belt."

England extend winning run

What does victory mean? Stuart Lancaster’s men have now won their last eight at Twickenham, their best run of form since - whisper it - winning 22 on the bounce at home prior to the start of the 2003 World Cup.

'Bonus point might be crucial'

Player reaction

England captain Chris Robshaw, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "The bonus point might be hugely important. We knew it would come down to the last five or 10 minutes because Fiji were hard to break down. 

"With the emotion of the opening ceremony and the nerves now we're into it, the opening game can be edgy and you have to give a lot of credit to Fiji, we knew it was going to be tough."

Chris Robshaw (centre)
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'They put us under pressure'

England captain Chris Robshaw is talking to ITV Sport: "We always knew it was going to come down to the last five to 10 minutes. We were a little bit cagey at the beginning, made a couple of errors, but I think that was all due to the emotion, the opening of the World Cup. 

"To get five points is a fantastic start. We always knew how well Fiji had been playing, they're eighth or ninth in the world. They're an extremely talented side and put us under a lot of pressure at times."

'We showed good character'

Player reaction

England wing Jonny May speaking to ITV Sport: "We went out and established a hold on the game but some loose play saw us lose control, but we showed good character to get back in and score four tries. 

"I feel frustrated because when we played the way we wanted to we could have won a lot better than that. However, it's a banana skin out of the way so we'll take the positives. 

"I thought the substitutes brought impact and added positivity and we managed to finished the job. We can take a deep breath now and we're into the tournament."

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England 35-11 Fiji

It was a bonus-point victory, but England will know they will need to improve before next week's match with Wales. Had Fiji not squandered four kicks at goal who knows how the final 10 minutes would have swung, but that's all ifs, buts and maybes now. 

England 35-11 Fiji

Andrew Mehrtens

Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

"England were a team that lacked fluidity and spontaneity but the guys who came off the bench really gave them that. They brought energy and played simple rugby."

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well done England. shaken those jitters out. bit nervy. bit scrappy. but a bonus point is a bonus point. bench tremendous... #bbcrugby

England 35-11 Fiji

Matt Dawson

2003 World Cup winner

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"England eventually wore Fiji down and it wasn't the walk in the park they expected. There are some selection issues, but they got the job done in the end."

Brown sparkles

England 35-11 Fiji

If there's champagne to be drunk tonight then Mike Brown should be allowed to pop the cork and guzzle the majority of the bubbles. The England full-back scored two tries and topped most of the charts: most metres made (172m); most clean breaks (4); most carries crossed gain line (7). 

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England 35-11 Fiji

Matt Dawson

2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

"It's one of the those you just want to get over it so the jitters have gone. All the things England's players have been thinking about playing in a World Cup can be forgotten. You could see the relief to the players. Now it's about relaxing, getting into the tournament and more tougher opponents."

Mike Brown
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Messy. Need to find another gear. Some hard work but no flow. Concerned when the top class teams get stuck into England... #bbcrugby

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Stuart Lancaster has some serious questions to answer after tonight. England wholly unconvincing #England #RWC2015 #bbcrugby

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England 35-11 Fiji

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How was England's game plan?

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#ENG have been nervy tonight. We want to know - did they get their tactics right? #bbcrugby #RWC2015

#ENG have been nervy tonight. We want to know - did they get their tactics right? #bbcrugby #RWC2015

Try - Billy Vunipola (Eng); Farrell con

England 35-11 Fiji

Jonny May is stopped in his tracks, but Billy Vunipola is in support and the forward wriggles under Fijian bodies to score in the dying seconds. But we must wait for confirmation from the TMO... Referee Jaco Peyper is smiling, and eventually - eventually - the try is awarded. That's a bonus point for the hosts. Oh, and victory of course. Owen Farrell with the successful conversion to bump up the score. 

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England 28-11 Fiji

Mike Brown is nearly through under the posts but he's tap tackled... Jonny May is then held up... it's a mad dash to the line in stoppage time...

England 28-11 Fiji

Richard Wigglesworth finds his half-back partner Owen Farrell, but it's all a tad slow for the hosts... Sam Burgess brilliantly offloads to Tom Wood who charges through into the Fiji 22...

England 28-11 Fiji

Victory is England's, but can they squeeze one more chance to score that fourth try and gain a bonus point?

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Stat attack

England 28-11 Fiji

This graphic shows the scrums won (green) and lost (red) by England. They've lost a worrying two out of seven.

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Great to see the Fijians playing such free-flowing rugby. Mike Brown is unbelievably mercurial though. Thankfully #bbcrugby

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England 28-11 Fiji

The Twickenham faithfull in full voice... the ball loose, but Chris Robshaw ensures the ball comes back on the reds' side. England recycling...through the phases they go, but Fiji's defence rush out and Jonathan Joseph cedes possession. 

England 28-11 Fiji

Just under five minutes to go. Richard Wigglesworth patiently waiting for the forwards to form a legal scrum just inside England's half...

Stat attack

England 28-11 Fiji

Mike Brown has been prominent in every aspect of play for his team. After 73 minutes, Mike Brown's match stats...

Tries: 2

Metres: 143

Carries: 11

Defenders beaten: 3

Clean breaks: 2

Passes: 5

Matt Dawson

2003 World Cup winner on 5 live

"How many times do we say 'Mike Brown has broken the first tackle'? And what a great supporting line from Sam Burgess, what you might call a classic rugby league supporting line."

England 28-11 Fiji

Mike Brown
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Fijian legs tiring... Mike Brown burst downfield... dancing feet, evading tackles.. Sam Burgess is there in support allowing the move to gather momentum... into the Fijian 22 the hosts go... but England lose possession at a critical moment and it's a Fiji scrum... Breathless stuff.