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England 45 - 7 USA

The match wrap is here. 

80 min: TRY - USA, it got very sloppy there at the end and was like a sevens game, but the USA finally get their try - it's Bryce Campbell. Kick is good. England 45 - 7 USA

79 min: A knock on from England after Singler was put through a gap, a couple of those ones today. 

78 min: Hooley is being stretchered off the field after a nasty knock to the head. 

76 min: TRY - England, what a try! Ellis Genge makes a massive break down the left wing and England recycle and finds Cokanasiga for his second. Kick is good. England 45 - 0 USA

74 min: Another knock on from England as they might be guilty of overplaying here.

71 min: So close for England and it's Joe Cokanasiga who knocks the ball on after a beautiful kick from Owen Farrel.

70 min: Red card now for USA - John Quill is the man who has been sent for contact with the shoulder to the head of Owen Farrell.

70 min: The USA go very close after a mistake from England but the Roses do well to win the penalty and are now 80m away from the tryline. 

67 min: TRY - England, it's more brutal work from the English forwards and some quick hands feeds the ball out to Lewis Ludlam. Kick is wide. England 38 - 0 USA

66 min: Watson nearly sets up a try for England but AJ MacGinty is there to collect and the USA clear. 

63 min: A double knock on and USA will have a scrum feed. 

58 min: TRY - England, simple from England, they shift right from the scrum and it's the right winger, Ruaridh McConnochie scores. Kick is wide. England 31 - 0 USA

56 min: Just a massive scrum from England and they win a penalty from it, dominance even with their replacement front row on. 

55 min: Great attack from England... but another knock on. 

53 min: Knock on from England - USA scrum. 

53 min: Lots of pressure from a Youngs grubber and England have a lineout on the 22m line. 

51 min: Double knock on in the middle of the field and England will win the scrum. 

48 min: TRY - England, really good from England, they shift the ball right as they fly down field - Joe Cokanasiga scores. Kick is wide. England 24 - 0 USA

47 min: The best period of the match for USA as they put some phases together but England win a penalty at the breakdown. 

44 min: Ford tries to get too much on it and goes dead, USA with a re start. 

43 min: Relentless from England and they win a penalty on the 22m line - they kick for touch. 

41 min: Back underway!

40 min: Joe Cokanasiga knocks the ball on in what would've been a sure try - that's half time. Utter dominance from England. 

37 min: Ford has the ball on a string and is putting on a kicking clinic. 

35 min: Another huge rolling maul and England win another penalty - kicking for touch.  

33 min: TRY - England, wow, another lineout drive and they go around 25 metres in a drive and they score again, it's the hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie who scores. Kick is good. England 19 - 0 USA

32 min: Another special scrum from England and they win another penalty - they kick for touch. 

29 min: USA's best chance, MacGinty puts a cross kick over to Martin Iosefo who catches it but is taken into touch. 

25 min: TRY - England, off the lineout and England drive through the USA's defence, Billy Vunipola scores. Kick is good. England 14 - 0 USA.

24 min: Another penalty won by England out in front of the posts, they kick for touch. 

21 min: Huge defence again from the USA and they force a knock on.

19 min: England go really close again through Francis, they had numbers to burn to the right but Heinz knocks the ball on, great pace again - it's hard to see the USA to stay with them here for the 80 minutes. 

17 min: Dominant scrum from England and they pick up a penalty and will once again, kick for touch. 

14 min: USA win a penalty - wow England are playing at a rapid pace, this is crazy quick.

12 min: Penalty won by England and they will kick for touch. 

8 min: Really good defence from the USA, Scully does really well and they will kick for touch. 

6 min: Lovely from England, TRY! A great run from their backline, they gather and it's George Ford who slices through untouched for the opening try. Kick is good. England 7 - 0 USA.

4 min: USA kick the ball away and now England kick it back before AJ MacGinty kicks it out - England lineout. 

3 min: Big loss for USA in the third minute - Titi Lamositele leaving the field with an injury. 

3 min: They win a penalty from the scrum - great work USA, it's odd... England are in red, USA in white, hmmmmm.

2 min: Great defence from USA - Davies comes up with a turnover. 

1 min: USA are under pressure early but they manage to clear - England lineout. 

1 min: Kick off here! We are underway 

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England: Elliot Daly, Ruaridh McConnochie, Jonathan Joseph, Piers Francis, Joe Cokanasiga, George Ford (c), Willi Heinz; Billy Vunipola, Lewis Ludlam, Tom Curry, George Kruis, Joe Launchbury, Dan Cole, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Joe Marler. Reserves: Jack Singleton, Ellis Genge, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes, Mark Wilson, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Anthony Watson. 

 

USA: Will Hooley, Blaine Scully (c), Marcel Brache, Paul Lasike, Martin Iosefo, AJ MacGinty, Shaun Davies; Cam Dolan, John Quill, Tony Lamborn, Nick Civetta, Ben Landry, Titi Lamositele, Joe Taufete’e, David Ainuu. Reserves: Dylan Fawsitt, Olive Kilifi, Paul Mullen, Greg Peterson, Hanco Germishuys, Ruben de Haas, Bryce Campbell, Mike Te’o.

Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Rugby World Cup match between England and the USA from Kobe Misaki Stadium. 

TAB Odds: England $1.001  USA $20

Pre-match banter: USA quietly confident of beating England in tournament opener

Even the most optimistic USA rugby fan would struggle to sound upbeat about their chances of beating England at the Rugby World Cup, but Eagles coach Gary Gold is quietly confident of causing a huge upset. 

Gold is under no illusions about the size of the task facing his team in Kobe and said he hoped his players would emerge from the game with credibility.

While Eddie Jones has made 10 changes to the side that beat Tonga in their Pool C opener, Gold said it made no difference to him who the England coach selected. He was simply replacing one quality player with another.

"It didn't bother me who they did and didn't pick because it's coming in waves," he said.

"If it wasn't the team that played against Tonga, which was monstrously physical and powerful, then it's the team that they've picked at the moment, which is going to be very, very fast.

"I genuinely don't think there are any glaring weaknesses in this England team."

That is not to say Gold harbours no hope of a stunning upset similar to the defeat Japan inflicted on South Africa four years ago. England will have to cope with the pressure of being expected to win, and win well.

"We pretty much don't have anything to lose .. the expectations are quite low, nobody gives us a chance, and conversely that puts pressure on a team like England.

"When you are playing a team that on paper is supposed to be weaker than you, it will go through their minds - What if?"

Things do not get much easier for the Americans. After they play England, awaiting them is three-times runners-up France, then  Argentina before they round out their group against Tonga.

Gold was excited by the challenge.

"Tier-two teams moan and cry for more opportunities to play tier-one teams, so when we're drawn in a pool like this we see it as an exciting opportunity," he added.

"We don't see it necessarily as a daunting task. It's going to be a challenging task, but it's one we've been preparing for a very long time.

"If we stick to what we have been planning to do and we work hard for 100 percent of the time then you never know, the scoreboard in one of those games might be in our favour."

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