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England's forwards totally dominated their USA counterparts, but it was an underwhelming first half from Eddie Jones' side, despite scoring three tries with George Ford, Billy Vunipola and Luke Cowan-Dickie going over.
Despite the advantage, England could only manage one more try with Cokanasiga claiming his second, but it was the USA who had the final say with Bryce Campbell going over right on the whistle.
George Ford in action for England against USA England powered out the blocks from the first whistle, and were ahead after just five minutes. Ford went over under the posts after a big Billy Vunipola carry began several phases, with space opening for England's captain to canter over.
Ford had said before the game that patience was the key to grinding the USA down, but England were guilty of rushing early on and, despite 70 per cent possession and 80 per cent territory, were let done by ill discipline and unforced errors.
USA's scrum was under massive pressure, especially when they lost loosehead prop David Ainu'u early on to injury, and England claimed their third after yet another scrum penalty.
The USA had no answer to England's driving maul England should have had their fourth with the half coming to an end, only for Cokanasiga to knock-on with the line begging. The high tempo missing from the first half materialised in the second as England added accuracy and rhythm to their power game.
Joe Cokanasiga breaks for England Cokanasiga did get the bonus-point try in the 47th minute after good hands from Kyle Sinckler and then some magic feet from Jonathan Joseph to take him inches from the line to set up his winger. Ford could not add the conversion but at , England were well in control.
With the heat and humidity draining the legs, more space were opening up and Ruaridh McConnochie went over for his first England try after some big carries from Wilson, who had replaced Billy Vunipola at half-time.
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