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By the clock: England v Fiji

All the big moments from England's win over Fiji in their final match of the World Cup stage.

0 minutes: There's a minute's silence as a tribute to former England and Ireland international fullback Steve Prescott who has died after a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 39.

9th minute: England prop Sam Williams juggles and then loses the ball in a one-on-one tackle from the Fiji defence seven metres out from the opposition tryline.

14th minute: England fullback Sam Tomkins hoists a high ball for the right flank from 20 metres out; winger Tom Briscoe bats the ball back for Kallum Watkins who fleetingly looks like he might break clear but is held fast by the Fijian cover.

20th minute: Fiji prop Ashton Sims pulls off a desperate try-saver on Sam Williams just as it looks like the England bookend has punched through the defence to score. Video review shows Sims knocking the ball from Williams' grasp just short of the tryline.

22nd minute: A lucky escape for England and especially their fullback Sam Tomkins. The No.1 looks foolish when he makes a complete meal of a grubber kick into the in-goal down the left edge, which is pounces on by Daryl Millard. However the video review shows Tariq Sims taking Tomkins out off the ball and a penalty ensues.

30th minute: Tomkins brings the Hull crowd to their feet with a probing 40-metre run but the Fiji defence stands firm in the end.

32nd minute: Fiji five-eighth Ryan Millard takes the ball at second receiver 30 metres out from the England line and throws a lovely cut-out ball that hits the chest of Tariq Sims on the burst. Sims draws in opposition interchange Rob Burrow and passes inside to Eloni Vunakece who scores. The try is converted and Fiji hold a surprise 6-nil lead.

37th minute: Rangi Chase takes the ball at first receiver 20 metres out, double pumps a pass to Kevin Sinfield who manages to get on the outside of his man, then hook a pass infield for prop Ben Westwood to score to the right of the sticks. It's 6-all at halftime.

41st minute: After being up to the task in the first 40 minutes the Fiji defence drops its guard, allowing a soft try to Sam Burgess. The prop takes the ball almost flat-footed six metres out from the tryline. Seemingly covered by six men in blue his leg drive carries him into the in-goal for the simplest of four-pointers. England lead 12-6.

43rd minute: England on the attack after a piggy-back penalty 55 metres out from their line. On the third tackle five-eighth Rangi Chase again double pumps a pass at the defensive line, bamboozling the Fijians and sending second-rower Ben Ferres over. England lead 18-6.

46th minute: Kevin Sinfield gets his head in the wrong position attempting to tackle Fiji fullback Kevin Naiqama. After a brief hold-up he leaves the field for a minute.

48th minute: Ryan Hall crosses for England's fourth try – but referee Ben Cummins originally denies the play. Hall is put into space by Rangi Chase (again) down the left touchline, beats two and crashes over but Cummins rules his left foot brushes the touchline. It's only when the run is replayed on the big screen that he has a rethink. The try is awarded – even though on replay it looks suspect. Sinfield, back on the field now, converts from the sideline. England lead 24-6

53rd minute: England put the pedal to the metal 30 metres out, with Sinfield and Chris Hill combining to put George Burgess into space. The hulking interchange offloads to Rob Burrow who shows a lovely darting step to beat the cover and dive over. Sinfield adds the extras and the home team leads 30-6.

56th minute: Halves Sinfield and Chase combine again to send Ryan Hall over for his second try. Sinfield is unable to maintain his unblemished goal-kicking record. England lead 34-6

71st minute: Fiji post their second try through winger Semi Radradra who beats a soft defensive effort from England centre Leroy Cudjoe to ground the ball in the right corner. Wes Naiqama converts and England lead 34-12, an advantage they take to fulltime.

 

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