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England take on Japan at Twickenham

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England face Japan in their latest autumn international as they bid to bounce back after a dispiriting defeat to Argentina last week.

The Red Rose went down 30-29 at Twickenham to the Pumas with the loss representing a first on home soil against the South Americans for 16 years.

Eddie Jones has made a number of changes, hoping to kick-start their autumn campaign with the World Cup less than a year away.

Japan will enter the contest with great confidence, having handed the All Blacks a scare last month in Tokyo, fading late to a 38-31 defeat.

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H/T: England 24-6 Japan

Rather more like it from England, who have played with a purpose they seemed to lack against Argentina. Japan have shown glimpses of invention and cut with ball in hand, but the hosts have largely been in control, with Freddie Steward outstanding so far from full-back.

Harry Latham-Coyle12 November 2022 16:04



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Harry Latham-Coyle12 November 2022 16:01


TRY! ENGLAND 24-6 Japan (Guy Porter try, 41 minutes)

A try for Guy Porter on his home England debut!

England kick in behind Japan and hurry through in muscular fashion, winning the ball back at a ruck. There’s great open expanses of pasture on the left, and the hosts are alive to it, the ball flung wide to Sam Simmonds.

Simmonds threatens to make a meal of what looks like a simple enough two-on-one, but manages to wriggle free of the initial tackle to send Porter in.

Owen Farrell’s conversion caps a much, much better first half from England.

Harry Latham-Coyle12 November 2022 15:58


England 17-6 Japan, 39 minutes

The English lineout malfunctions, and Japan kick again, this time with a bit more oomph. Freddie Steward gathers and releases an up-and-under…which the full-back claims imperiously!

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England 17-6 Japan, 38 minutes

A penalty against England should allow Japan to advance up the left, but the visitors fail to find touch with their punt.

Another error from Japan, a dropped ball in midfield hacked through off the floor by Jonny Hill, forcing Gerhard van den Heever into brisk retreat. The sliding wing nearly makes a hash of his collection but just about smothers it. Japan clear.

Harry Latham-Coyle12 November 2022 15:56


PENALTY! England 17-6 JAPAN (Takuya Yamasawa penalty, 35 minutes)

Three more points for Takuya Yamasawa.

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YELLOW CARD! Jonny May is sent to the sin bin! England 17-3 Japan, 34 minutes

But just like that, Japan nearly go the length! Michael Leitch takes an inside ball and shows remarkable gas, powering away from the English chasers.

Dylan Riley takes Leitch’s pass, which looks suspiciously close to forward, and toes beyond Jonny May – and out-pacing the England wing to the ball.

May jackals, but fails to show a clear release – off he is sent for a ten minute sit-down!

Harry Latham-Coyle12 November 2022 15:53


England 17-3 Japan, 33 minutes

Some predictably lively variation from Japan, even as they attack deep in their own territory. Gerhard van den Heever watches the bounce of a crossfield kick well, but finds support lacking, and has to kick away.

Jack van Poortvliet goes to the skies…and Jonny May claims it.

Harry Latham-Coyle12 November 2022 15:51


PENALTY! England 17-3 JAPAN (Takuya Yamasawa penalty, 32 minutes)

Takyua Yamasawa kicks Japan’s first points of the afternoon.

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England 17-0 Japan, 30 minutes

An opening for Japan? England get their lineout wrong, and the visitors have the ball.

The livewire Nagare keeps the tempo up, but England do enough to stall Japan’s heavier lumberers.

A sharp blast of the whistle from the referee – England were offside.

Harry Latham-Coyle12 November 2022 15:48

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