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England continued their emphatic start to the World Cup with a routine 45-7 victory over USA

England continued their fine start to the Rugby World Cup with a dominant victory over the United States on Thursday. 

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Eddie Jones’s side took an early lead through a George Ford try before Billy Vunipola, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Joe Cokanasiga, Ruaridh McConnochie, Lewis Ludlam also went over to make it two wins from two. 

Here, Sportsmail rates each England player out of 10 for their performance in Kobe.

England continued their emphatic start to the World Cup with a routine 45-7 victory over USA

England continued their emphatic start to the World Cup with a routine 45-7 victory over USA

Elliot Daly 7

Only Red Rose back to play 160 minutes in opening Tests but no sign of fatigue with some classy touches in attack.

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Ruaridh McConnochie 6.5

Bagged first try of his Test career – but could have had two if he backed his pace midway through second half.

Jonathan Joseph 7.5

Pirouetted through the US defence like a circus acrobat to set up England’s bonus point try – easing concerns about Henry Slade’s absence.

Piers Francis 6.5

Frequently trucked up the ball in midfield but could be cited for a high tackle on Hooley from the very first kick off.

Joe Cokanasiga 7

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Slapped the flag in frustration after a brace of first-half handling errors – but scored twice in the second half.

Jonathan Joseph eased concerns about Henry Slade's absence on Thursday in Kobe

Jonathan Joseph eased concerns about Henry Slade's absence on Thursday in Kobe

Jonathan Joseph eased concerns about Henry Slade’s absence on Thursday in Kobe

George Ford 8

Answered his critics by bossing tempo in attack – rallying referee when US tried to slow things down in the humidity.

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Willi Heinz 6

Selected for his reliability and experience yet gave away two penalties in the opening 14 minutes.

Joe Marler 7

Deceptive turn of pace to tackle Olympic Sevens star Iosefo – and utterly dominant at the set piece.

Luke Cowan-Dickie 7.5

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Took his impressive scoring record to four tries in six Tests and takes credit for England’s unstoppable driving lineouts.

Dan Cole 7

Turned up the power at the set-piece with 19-year-old debutant Ainuu hauled off after the first scrum with an injury.

George Ford answered his critics by bossing the tempo in attack for England against USA

George Ford answered his critics by bossing the tempo in attack for England against USA

George Ford answered his critics by bossing the tempo in attack for England against USA

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Joe Launchbury 6

Dropped three balls in contact because of the sweaty humidity which will not help his selection case for Argentina.

George Kruis 7.5

Hours of trawling through lineout footage on laptop with Steve Borthwick paid off with perfect strike rate.

Tom Curry 6.5

Turnover expertise rarely needed as England were so dominant with possession. Will be more important as competition progresses.

Lewis Ludlam 7

Another chapter in his fairytale story as the wildcard selection scored his first international try.

Billy Vunipola 6.5

Yet to hit his destructive best before taking an early shower at half time after six straight Test starts.

Joe Launchbury dropped three balls in contact because of the sweaty humidity in Kobe
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Joe Launchbury dropped three balls in contact because of the sweaty humidity in Kobe

Joe Launchbury dropped three balls in contact because of the sweaty humidity in Kobe

Replacements

Jack Singleton (for Cowan Dickie 68) 6

Ellis Genge (for Marler, 41) 7

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Swatted off defenders with break down left-wing to once again flaunt his ferocious ball-carrying.

Kyle Sinckler (for Cole, 41) 7

Sustained scrum dominance of starting props and injected real energy in his role as impact sub.

Courtney Lawes (for Launchbury 51) 6.5

Showed moments of power with substitute cameo which should earn him selection as third lock.

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Mark Wilson (for Vunipola, 41) 6.5

Not a natural No 8 but proved that he is more than able to provide cover for Vunipola if needed.

Ben Youngs (for Heinz 51) 7

Instant impact with a linebreak off his first touch. Drew level with Jonny Wilkinson and Cole as third most-capped player.

Owen Farrell (for Francis 51) 7

Showed a solid chin after shoulder charge by Quill and found holes in broken US defence in attack.

Anthony Watson (for McConnochie 61) 6.5

USA:  Hooley 6.5; (Te’o, 43, 6) Scully (c) 5, Brache 5.5, Lasike 5.5 (Campbell, 61), Iosefo 6.5; MacGinty 5.5, Davies 6.5 (De Haas, 50, 5); Ainuu, 5 (Kilifi, 4, 5), Taufete’e 5.5 (Fawsitt, 61, 5), Lamositele 5 (Mullen 43, 5), Landry 5, Civetta 5 (Peterson, 50, 6), Lamborn 6.5 (Germishuys 61, 5), Quill 3, Dolan 6.

Eddie Jones's side will be hoping to make it three out of three against Argentina on October 5

Eddie Jones's side will be hoping to make it three out of three against Argentina on October 5

Eddie Jones’s side will be hoping to make it three out of three against Argentina on October 5