How twitter reacted to England’s World Cup opening win over Fiji

It was by no means the perfect England performance in their World Cup opener at Twickenham, but in the end a vital victory over a well-drilled Fiji side was made sweeter by a last-gasp try, ensuring the hosts nicked a precious bonus point.

After England had raced into a 15-0 lead by capitalising on some Fijian daydreaming, the match transpired to be anything but the one-sided contest the early exchanges promised.

England were poor at the breakdown and in the scrum and had Fiji not wasted three straightforward penalties in the second half it could have been 18-17 to Stuart Lancaster’s men with only quarter of an hour to play.

As it was, Twickenham nerves were eventually settled with successive England tries in the last 10 minutes, firstly through man-of-the-match Mike Brown and secondly through substitute Billy Vunipola, who scrambled it over the line with the last act of the match.

Chris Robshaw and co will have to improve after a disjointed display, but having put five points on the board in Pool A, they are the early favourites to progress as winners, with Wales, Australia and Uruguay still to come.

Here’s how twitter reacted to the rollercoaster ride:

World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward got his army of followers in the mood for the big occasion

Indy Sport also do their bit to get the millions of viewers at home in patriotic mode

Into the action and former England skipper Will Carling isn’t fussed by how England get over the line
for their try

The “Queen” offers her royal advice to Stuart Lancaster and the boys

Commentating on BCC radio 5 Live, former All-Blacks fly-half is less than impressed with some of
the officiating

ESPN’s Greg Growden has his say on the controversial cancelling out of a first-half Fiji try

And as England finish the half much the poorer side, this a theme shared by Wales legend Jonathan Davies

Substitutes such a Sam Burgess begin to have an impact in the second half

As the brilliant Mike Brown relieves some pressure with his second try late on England fans can
start to relax

Finally, after much deliberating Billy Vunipola’s try is awarded at the death

The official British And Irish Lions account is one of the first to offer congratulations

As is BBC journalist Alice Baxter who is clealry excited for much more to come from England

Other celebrities from more surprising quarters also offer praise to the England lads

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.