SAPPORO – There was no record score, no long list of try scorers and certainly no reason to get carried away, but England's victory over Tonga in their World Cup opener on Sunday ticked a lot of boxes for coach Eddie Jones.
With the Tongans still smarting from a 92-7 defeat to New Zealand just before the tournament and England keen to banish memories of their woeful campaign on home soil four years ago, some pundits were suggesting Jones's side would pile on the points against the Pacific islanders.
But while they came away with a 35-3 victory it was not the clinical, fluent display that had been expected. A slew of handling errors and rash of penalties prevented England from building up a head of steam and at one point provoked an angry reaction from Jones in the coach's booth.
However, after the bonus-point victory was entered in the record books, Jones seemed much more at ease with the performance.
"We came here to get five points, we got five points. We got no injuries. We know we can play better," the Australian told a media conference.