England 52-13 Japan LIVE! Rugby result, match stream, updates, reaction, TV for Autumn Nations Series today



England were back in Autumn Nations Series action this afternoon with Twickenham treated to an instant response after last week’s shocker against Argentina. Eddie Jones’ side labored badly in a sloppy, error-strewn opener six days ago, with the Pumas triumphing narrowly 30-29 to produce their first win at the English rugby headquarters since 2006.

That was England’s fifth defeat of 2022 already to set alarm bells ringing ahead of huge Tests to come against the All Blacks and Springboks on successive weekends, with optimization fading after a winning summer tour of Australia followed by another disappointing Six Nations. However, England bounced back in style against Japan, running in six tries plus a penalty score in a 52-13 thrashing in south-west London.

Marcus Smith and Guy Porter both had braces, with further efforts from man of the match Freddie Steward and prop Ellis Genge. Steward and scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet were the stars of the show in a much-improved display. Follow England vs Japan reaction live below, with expert analysis from Nick Purewal at Twickenham.

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Jamie Joseph’s reaction

“England played really well and put us under a lot of pressure, especially at the start of the match. You have to take your hat off to them,” said Japan’s head coach.

“Their pressure game was far superior. We became a little francic and pushed a few passes.

“When we can create momentum we can be very dangerous but we didn’t do that in a Test that was a big game for our boys.”

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More Eddie Jones reaction

“It’s an improvement. As we said at the start of November, each game we want to get a little bit better and we were definitely better than the Argentina game,” Jones said.

“I thought we played with a lot of purpose and we knew exactly how we wanted to play.

“As I said in the round-up after Argentina, the fault that we didn’t play like that against Argentina was my poor coaching, so this week it is not my poor coaching. It’s a good play from the players.”

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Jones: All Blacks challenge ‘not mission impossible’

“It’s an opportunity to play against one of the giants of world rugby. For an England player it’s a massive opportunity,” Jones said ahead of next weekend’s visit of the All Blacks to Twickenham.

“If you look at the history of the sport, the game’s been going for 150 years and England have won 19 per cent of their Tests against New Zealand.

“There’s a narrative that says England can’t beat New Zealand but in 2019 we showed that if you’ve got the right attitude and the right game plan then history can be broken. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to break history again.

“They’re playing a slightly different style of game to what they used to but guys who played in that game – Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola, Billy Vunipola, Maro Itoje, Jamie George – are going to be important in reinforcing to the players that it’s not mission impossible.

“If we go after them then they’re there for the taking – and we’re going to go after them.”

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Similar praise for the sensational Steward from captain Owen Farrell…

“I just know how good he is around the place, how much he wants to get better, how honest and hard-working he is,” he said.

“Because of his aerial stuff his other skills don’t always get noticed but today he was breaking tackles and setting up tries.”

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Eddie Jones hails Freddie Steward

“It’s only his 15th test but he keeps growing,” the England coach said of his man of the match.

“Today he got a lot of free ball which enabled him to run a bit more than usual and his kick-catch game was fantastic.”

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England player ratings

Freddie Steward 9

The Leicester full-back produced a peerless display under the high ball and bolstered England’s attacking game.

Joe Cokanasiga 7

A fine showing from the powerhouse wing who was pressed into late service after Jack Nowell’s injury.

Guy Porter 7

Claimed a try brace in a solid showing from the Leicester centre.

Owen Farrell 8

A much-improved showing from the England captain, who linked well with Smith.

Jonny May 7

Yellow card a blot but an otherwise industrious showing from the fit-again flier.

Marcus Smith 8

Built his partnership with Farrell and showed some deft touches.

Jack van Poortvliet 9

A major improvement to England’s attacking game with pace, precision and panache.

Click here to read Nick’s England player ratings in full

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Match report

Freddie Steward and Jack van Poortvliet elevated England’s attack and not before time as Eddie Jones’ men boosted morale and confidence by dispatching Japan at Twickenham, writes Nick Purewal.

Full-back Steward offered counter-attacking poise and high-ball presence, while Van Poortvliet added impetus and influence at half-back.

Guy Porter and Marcus Smith claimed two tries apiece, while further scores from Steward and Ellis Genge, to add to a penalty try, sealed England’s dominant 52-13 victory.

Not even a first-half yellow card for Jonny May could slow down a determined England, who atoned for last weekend’s 30-29 defeat by Argentina with a rampant attacking display.

England moved their record for 2022 back to five wins and five losses, but the big beasts of New Zealand and South Africa still await in this autumn.

Click here to read the match report in full

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England 52-13 Japan

Seven tries and just what the doctor ordered after the Argentina upset and with tough tests against the All Blacks and Springboks to come.

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79 mins: Man of the match Steward weaves forward in search of one more England try, with a chance for Heyes but it’s knocked on by Slade after Smith’s pass.

How good has Steward been today? Just amazing.

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76 mins: May is a whisker away from adding an eighth England try after a superb link-up with Farrell.

Eddie Jones’ men are relentless here, they are not content with a 39-point win.

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