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England cruise to opening win

By Tom Wald 13/10/2003 06:00:53 AM Comments (0)

A ruthless England opened its World Cup campaign with a clinical 84-6 demolition of tournament debutants Georgia at Subiaco Oval Sunday night.

The world No.1 team prepared for Saturday's Pool C showdown with fellow heavyweights South Africa by trouncing the minnows after they provided some early resistance.

Clive Woodward's men showed why they will start favourites against the Springboks next weekend with his well-drilled team implementing a relentless brand of rugby.

It was always going to be one of the biggest mismatches between the richest union in world rugby and one of the poorest.

England players will receive $250,000 each for winning the World Cup while the Georgians are on a $60-a-day allowance in Australia.

The difference in pay packets looked obvious once the England nerves were calmed with a 14th minute try to Mike Tindall in front of a partisan crowd of 25,000.

The rugby powerhouse managed to score 12 tries with some dazzling backline movements despite afternoon showers leaving the ground a little slippery under foot.

The Georgian defence was willing early and it rattled the world No.1 team by levelling at 3-3 until Tindall busted through for the opening try.

Matt Dawson skipped over five minutes later before hooker Steve Thompson and Neil Back also registered touchdowns as England starved the minnows of possession.

England coach Clive Woodward had already started using his bench with Matt Dawson and Tindall benched late in the half.

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