England 33 Fiji 0: Follow all the action from Twickenham as it happens
15:52 GMT, 10 November 2012
England kick-off the QBE autumn internationals against Fiji where they can lay the foundations for a successful series involving the world's best teams. Stuart Lancaster's side are massive favourites for the opening clash at Twickenham and Sportsmail will bring you all the action as it happens.
England v Fji
ENGLAND – 15 Alex Goode, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Ugo Monye, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Danny Care, 8 Joe Marler, 7 Tom Youngs, 6 Dan Cole, 5 Tom Palmer, 4 Geoff Parling , 3 Tom Johnson, 2 Chris Robshaw, 1 Thomas Waldrom.
Replacements: Paice, Wilson, Vunipola, Launchbury, Wood, Youngs, Farrell, Brown.
FIJI – 15 Simeli Koniferedi, 14 Samu Wara, 13 VEreniki Goneva, 12 Sireli Naqelevuki, 11 Watisoni Votu, 10 Metuisela Talebula, 9 Nikola Matawalu, 8 Akapusi Qera, 7 Malakai Ravulo, 6 Api Naikatini, 5 Api Ratuniyarawa, 4 Leone Nakarawa, 3 Deacon Manu, 2 Viliame Veikoso, 1 Penijamini Makutu
Replacements: Somoca, Naureure, Manasa, Kalou, Ratuva, Bola, Fatiaki, Matavesi.
49min: CONVERSION! England 35 Fiji 0 (Toby Flood)
England must be buoyed by these early exchanges in the second-half. There are gaps appearing all over the field. The phrase I'm thinking of is: fill your boots.
49min: TRY! England 33 Fiji 0 (Tom Johnson)
Fourth try of the afternoon for England. Once again Fiji are sucked in and the hosts work it wide to Johnson who drops over the line, totally unopposed.
47min: England profligate in front of the try line. Danny Care shimmies and shakes, but is held up five metres short. And then Dan Cole goes over the lines but is turned round and held up.
43min: PENALTY! England 28 Fiji 0 (Toby Flood)
Straight forward effort for Flood who sends the ball over from 25 metres out.
42min: The scrum is once again proving to be a real problem for Fiji who collapse again all too easily. Penalty for England, Toby Flood stands over it.
SECOND-HALF: Suitably refreshed good. Toby Flood gets the match restarted.
HALF-TIME: ENGLAND 25 FIJI 0
A rusty start for Stuart Lancaster's charges, but once they found a modicum of rhythm the Fijians looked outclassed at every encounter. Job well done thus far, fancy it will be a very long next 40 for the Pacific Islanders.
42min: England 25 Fiji 0 (Ugo Monye)
Cherry on the cake for England as Monye shimmies his hips on the wing and crosses for an all-too-easy score. Flood's conversion effort rattles off the upright. And that is that.
38min: England unlucky not to score another try, Flood and Care right at the heart of all the positive play, the ball works wide, Sharples kicks forward and it looks like he's just got the ball down. But replays show the last bounce took the ball *this far* into touch.
37min: CONVERSION! England 20 Fiji 0 (Toby Flood)
Over it goes, England looking good for their lead now. One more score before half-time would round-off a decent first 40.
Contact: Waldrom is tackled by Qera
36min: PENALTY TRY! England 18 Fiji 0 England smell blood with a pair of scrums under the Fijians posts. The first collapses, the second is broken by the Fijian hooker and the referee has no option but to award a penalty try.
33min: Oh, good grief, what an absolute howler. England waste a guilt-edged chance to extend their lead further. Flood draws the defenders in, but the ball is worked wide and there a three man overlap, which is lobbed into touch somehow.
The view from Cardiff with Sportsmail's Luke Bendict: Well that's the end of a nightmare week for Jamie Roberts. He was desperate for an explosive return to Welsh rugby after it was announced this week that he'll quit Cardiff Blues this summer, but instead he hobbles off after a horrible clash of heads. He looked like he'd gone 12 rounds with Tyson. There was no way he could play on.
29min: YELLOW CARD! Now the Fijians are down to 14 after their captain is shown a yellow card for some rather cynical stuff in the ruck. And now he's put his side under huge pressure.
26min: PENALTY! England 13 Fiji 0 (Toby Flood)
England pile forward and there's a hand in the ruck by a Fiji player. Flood dips the ball over from no ore than 10 metres out. Stuart Lancaster's side have blown away the cobwebs now and are looking good.
23min: CONVERSION! England 10 Fiji 0 (Toby Flood)
England extend their lead, Flood makes no mistake.
22min: TRY! England 8 Fiji 0 (Charlie Sharples)
It's a great finish from Sharples who scores his first try for England, but Fiji will be kicking themselves. Tuilagi feeds Goode who hands to Sharples whose angled run cuts a swathe through the Fiji defence he brushes off three tackles and just makes it over the line.
21min: Danny Care returns and we're back to 15 v 15 again.
20min: PENALTY! England 3 Fiji 0 (Toby Flood)
Flood sends the ball over for the first three points of the match. Twickenham sighs with relief.
Sharp stuff: England finally get on the scoreboard courtesy of Sharples' try
19min: Much, much, much (much) better phases from England. Workign the ball left and right, Flood nearly found the gap and Parling did his best to pile through. The up-shot England penalty… Flood stands over it.
17min: Fiji spun another decent penalty chance. England should be six-down inside the first 15. The crowd are getting restless, they want to see some quality in hand from their charges.
14min: England defending desperately deep inside their 22, Fiji pressing and probing for a weak spot. This is NOT a good start. Some respite for the hosts as Fiji make a hash of a scrum, Flood can lump clear.
12min: Real scare for England as the Fiji forwards cut a swathe through the heart of the England defence. Some last-ditch stuff from Tuilagi and Barritt halt the charge.
10min: Early blow for England as Danny Care is shown a yellow card for a spear tackle. We're shown the incident again and it looks like a mighty harsh decision.
(in other news: South Africa prop Tendai 'The Beast' Mtawarira was treated in hospital today after suffering mild heart palpitations – but we hear he has now left)
6min: It's all a bit scrappy in these early stages. Neither side retaining possession with much grace, England have steamrolled the visitors in the first scrum and Fiji wasted a very kickable penalty attempt.
2min: First lineout for Youngs to negotiate, which he does with without too much fuss.
KICK-OFF: Fiji start the match, it's knocked forward, England clear their lines…
2.28: How rude of me, we have the pleasure of watching the Fijians lay down the gauntlet with the 'Cibi' war dance before kick-off. Plenty of eyes bulging, and thigh slapping. They look like they mean it to me.
2.24: HQ is packed to the rafters. Huge expectation building ahead of kick-off. Players are in the tunnel, we'll have anthems, then action very soon. Tidy.
England expects: The fans are in good spirits ahead of kick-off at Twickenham
2.20: Huge focus on Tom Youngs at No 2 today. England's hooker will be at the heart of the lineout – have a butchers at Ben Kay's analysis of the fine art behind throwing.
2.15: Granted, Fiji aren't a team stacked with famous faces. If you're playing catch up, have a read of Rob Wildman's scouting report. Quick, kick-off is only 15 minutes away.
2.10: Stuart Lancaster says today is time for England to 'produce the goods'. Read Chris Foy's match preview right here.
2pm: Hello there, this is going to be a cake walk, right England begin their autumn internationals this afternoon against an under strength Fiji side at Rugby HQ – there's much talk of a victory margin of 50-plus. Nothing quite like setting yourself up for a fall.
Afternoon all and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of England v Fiji from Twickenham. The hosts are massive favourites to put the Pacific Islanders to the sword and will be hoping to put on a show in front of the 82,000 fans packed into the stadium in south-west London.
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England expects: Chris Robshaw will lead his team out against Fiji in the first of the Autumn Tests