Rugby World Cup
Opening World Cup win settles England, says 'emotional' Brad Barritt
Tom Hamilton
September 19, 2015
England 35-11 Fiji (Australia only)

TWICKENHAM, London -- England centre Brad Barritt was satisfied with their eventual bonus-point win over Fiji on Friday night and said experiencing the atmosphere inside Twickenham was a dream come true.

England were made to work by Fiji with their potent duo of Nemani Nadolo and Niki Matawalu causing the red-rose side all manner of difficulties. In the end England managed to secure a maximum haul of points with Billy Vunipola's last-gasp try enough to put the finishing touches to a 35-11 triump.

For Barritt, it was a relief to finally get the tournament off and running after a lengthy build-up and he felt the atmosphere inside Twickenham was unique.

"We had 12-13 weeks in camp on fitness and training," Barritt said. "So to get the game out of the way and get the full-house of points is satisfying.

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"But it was an unbelievable atmosphere. For every rugby player growing up to experience that, it's something you can only dream of. There was a huge amount of emotion going into the game and we are pleased with the result.

"Now we are in the tournament, we can settle a bit more and build to next week."

Nadolo proved to be a constant threat to England. The bruises on Barritt's face when talking post-match showed the drudgery his body had been through during his 61 minutes on the field but he was pleased at the way they handled the monster Fijian winger and their relentless physicality.

"We knew this Fiji team are a quality outfit, they've shown it over the past year. In terms of a physical challenge, it was up there. Credit to the team they coped well with Nadolo and today it was about 15 men fighting as a defensive unit.

"We knew it could take 80 to break them down and now we can build towards next weekend's game with Wales."

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