Eddie Jones applauds improvement of tier-two nations at World Cup

Anthony Watson

There is a gathering momentum about this England side who impressed against the USA in Kobe Credit PA

Eddie Jones' side ran in seven tries in a 45-7 Pool C victory over US, whose flanker John Quill became the first player to be sent off in Japan for flattening Farrell with a shoulder to the jaw.

Francis was not sanctioned during the Pool C match in Kobe and was cited by World Rugby after the game that also had usa flanker John Quill sent off for a shoulder charge on England's Owen Farrell.

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However, the governing body also criticised refereeing standards after the opening weekend of the tournament, following complaints over a number of incidents.

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England won Thursday's game 45-7.

He said: "We wanted to start well, which we didn't, and we gifted Argentina some easy tries in the first half and that made it hard to climb back".

Australia winger Reece Hodge and Samoa center Rey Lee-Lo have also been suspended for three games each for risky tackles. Vunipola and Nowell have missed both of England's bonus point victories against Tonga and the United States of America so far, having arrived in Japan with hamstring and knee injuries respectively.

The more fancied Argentina capitalised on some Tongan handling errors in the first half to race to a quick lead and resisted a fearless fight-back from the underdogs in an entertaining match at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium. "You don't mean to hit people there if you do hit them there", Daly said.

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They will get another chance to test themselves against a top-tier nation on Saturday when they face Argentina at Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, and while Tonga has identified weaknesses in the South Americans' game, exploiting them is a different story.

"If we would have got that we would have come out with a lot more belief and confidence (in the second half)".

"We improved our physicality from last week and wanted to bring that into this game, but we brought it just a bit too late".

Despite boasting a population of 330 million, men's rugby in the USA is still on the rise and its opening match in Japan demonstrates just how far there is to go before it can compete on the biggest stage. "The scrum and lineout is also our strength and if we can match them I think we will have a good platform".

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