No giant-killing for Warriors hooker Taufete’e

There was no giant-killing act for Warriors hooker Joe Taufete’e and his United States team-mates as England ran out 45-7 winners in Thursday’s Rugby World Cup Pool C match in Kobe.

Taufete’e won his 24th international cap as a starter for the Eagles and played the first 60 minutes before he was substituted.

Taufete’e just missed out on facing Jack Singleton, the former Warriors hooker who joined Saracens over the summer.

Singleton was given his World Cup debut as a replacement by England Head Coach Eddie Jones nine minutes after Taufete’e left the pitch.

England opened up a handy lead before the break with George Ford, Billy Vunipola and Luke Cowan-Dickie crossing for tries.

Wing Joe Cokanasiga crossed twice in the second half with Ruaridh McConnochie and Lewis Ludlam also scoring tries.

There was consolation for USA at the end of the match when Bryce Campbell went over for a converted try from the final play. But Eagles’ flanker John Quill became the first player to be sent off in this World Cup for a shoulder charge to the head of Owen Farrell.