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Bath Rugby contingent shine in England triumph

27 September 2019

England maintained their 100% start to the Rugby World Cup with a comprehensive 45-7 victory against USA. 

The Bath quartet of Joe Cokanasiga, Jonathan Joseph, Ruaridh McConnochie and Joe Cokanasiga contributed 15 points, as Eddie Jones' side ran in seven tries in Kobe. 

First half tries from George Ford, Billy Vunipola and Luke Cowan-Dickie gave England a 19-0 lead at the interval before running in a further four tries in the second 40 minutes. 

It was a Bath Rugby inspired move, which secured the bonus-point try in the early stages of the second half. A superb break from Jonathan Joseph nearly saw the centre dive over for a sensational score. Joseph was agonisingly held up just short of the line, but Joe Cokanasiga was on hand to muscle his way over from close range. 

McConnochie was the next man to go over scoring his first try in Japan on his second international appearance. It was Joseph, who was at the centre of the move once again drawing the defence before offloading to McConnochie, who stepped inside to touch down. 

Lewis Ludlam added a sixth with 13 minutes to play, before Cokanasiga made it a double four minutes from time. The explosive winger powered through the USA defence to round off a clinical performance for the 2003 World Champions. 

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