E ngland are back on track with a performance full of devil and cleverness but the sweep of their play was of secondary consideration on a sweaty evening at the Kobe Misaki Stadium when the post-match talk once again centred around high tackles and red cards. It is the theme of this World Cup and is set to run and run. Initially there was an absence of sanctions and now that the first red card of the tournament has been shown to USA Eagles' flanker, John Quill, for a wild, shoulder-led assault on Owen Farrell in the 69 th minute, there will be a debate over consistency and double-standards given that England were fortunate not to lose Piers Francis after just five seconds. The Northampton centre, who showed up well in a bristling England display inspired by the bold, creative play of fly-half, George Ford, may well fall foul of the citing officer given that his upfield charge from the kick-off saw him clatter high and recklessly into USA full-back, Will Hooley. The crackdown has begun in earnest on such challenges and Francis steamed into contact without much care and attention. In the current climate, Francis might have found himself… Read full this story
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