England began their Rugby World Cup campaign with a bonus point 35-3 victory over Tonga – helped by Manu Tuilagi’s double.
From the start England were met with a wall of red shirts up-front but out wide they created openings with ease as Sam Underhill and Tuilagi marauded into space.
In a rare sight, Billy Vunipola was sent hurtling backwards by openside Zane Kapeli and the Tonga bench celebrated the tackle with pumping fists, but Tuilagi later evened the score by flattening Sonatane Takulua.
Farrell and Kurt Morath exchanged penalties and as the first quarter came to an end, England were struggling to generate momentum against opponents who were playing a smart gameplan.
A scrum 20 metres out gave Tuilagi the platform to attack and the Leicester wrecking ball barged his way over.
Courtney Lawes stepped his way though heavy traffic to start an attack that accelerated through the gas of Jonny May and ended with Tuilagi strolling in for his second as England built an 18-3 half-time lead.
A driving line-out bolstered by arriving backs arrowed over the whitewash in the 58th minute with Jamie George touching down and when play resumed Jones, whose side led 28-3, had used his entire bench.
Luke Cowan-Dickie added gloss, an a bonus point, to the result three minutes from time.
Here is how our man in Japan Alex Spink rated England…
Very effective in broken play, assisting in Tuilagi’s second try before moving to wing late on. 7
Magical weaving break late on was worth entry money alone, just a shame he didn’t see more of ball. 7
Fit and back firing. A lot of rust on this England performance but Tuilagi was the class act. 9
Cut a frustrated figure at the end but wise enough to know England don’t need to be at best for another fortnight. 7
Went off early with a tight hamstring but enjoyed his role in Tuilagi’s second try. 6
Worked hard, always probing to get best out of England’s limited game plan. 7
Kicked well on occasion of his 90th cap giving England’s chasers decent targets. 7
England failed to terrorise Tongan scrum but Marler provided a reassuring presence until making way for Genge. 6
Solid in set-piece and enjoyed his try scoring moment late in game. 7
Discipline remains a work-on as he conceded three sloppy penalties. 5
Worked hard to get England on front foot before Kruis came on to set up bonus point try. 7
Drew wrath of Eddie Jones when conceding a penalty between Tuilagi’s two tries, but excellent at breakdown. 8
Unbelievably accomplished for one so young. Would have loved a faster game but that will come. 7
Dropped ball for a certain try but put his body on line and never allowed Tonga the speed of ball a try required. 6
Emotional night against country of his heritage and a quiet one. Won’y proudly recall being put on his backside by an early tackle. 6
Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie 8, Ellis Genge 6, Dan Cole 6, George Kruis 6, Lewis Ludlam 6, Willi Heinz 5, Henry Slade 4, Jonathan Joseph 8.
David Halaifonua 7; Atieli Pakalani 6, Siale Piutau 7, Cooper Vuna 6, Viliami Lolohea 6; Kurt Morath 6, Sonatane Takulua 7; Siegfried Fisi’ihoi 7, Sosefo Sakalia 6, Ben Tameifuna 7, Sam Lousi 6, Leva Fifita 6, Sione Kalamfoni 6, Zane Kapeli 8, Maama Vaipulu 7.
Replacements: Siua Maile 7, Latu Talakai 7, Ma’afu Fia 6, Daniel Faleafa 7, Nasi Manu 8, Leon Fukofuka 6, James Faiva 6, Nafi Tuitavake 6.