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Eight Try England Too Powerful For Italy At Twickenham

England Italy Six Nations

England 57 Italy 14

England put in a totally dominating performance at Twickenham as they scored 57 points which included eight tries en-route to a routine win over Italy.

Eddie Jones named a physical backline with the likes of Ben Te’o, Joe Cokanasiga and Manu Tuilagi all included and they certainly made their presence felt throughout the game.

England were on the front foot from the off and they scored their first try of the game through Jamie George after eight minutes off the back of a powerful rolling maul.

Italy stunned Twickenham less than four minutes later when the visitors went through 20 phases which culminated in out-half Tommaso Allan picking up the ball on the wing.

Allan stepped inside Joe Cokanasiga and grounded the ball in the corner despite the best efforts of Ben Youngs. Allan knocked over the touchline conversion to level the game.

England responded immediately when Elliot Daly broke through the Italian defence. The full-back drew in the last defender before passing to Jonny May who scored his fifth try of the championship. Farrell knocked over the conversion to restore the seven-point margin.

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England made it three tries after 20 minutes and it was an all too easy score as Manu Tuilagi powered through a poor tackle attempt to waltz untouched to the Italian line.

Farrell extended England’s lead to 24-7 when he added three points in front of the posts despite the crowd wanting to see their side wrap up the bonus point.

The Twickenham faithful didn’t have to wait too long for the bonus-point to be secured as a Farrell cross-field kick caused mayhem and was ultimately collected by George. The ball was recycled and sent back to the other side of the pitch where Brad Shields got on the end of an inside pass from Tuilagi and the former Hurricanes man had an easy run in for the try.

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Italy looked dangerous at the beginning of the second half when they went through 19 energy-sapping phases close to the English line but a loose pass was kicked back downfield and the chance was gone.

From this turnover in possession, England had territory inside the Italian 22 and Tuilagi got his second try of the game when he took advantage of a massive overlap to score in the corner.

It was Italy’s turn to take advantage of the overlap as Luca Morisi touched down in the corner after his teammates caused the English defence to narrow after a series of hard, direct carries. Allan converted from the touchline to leave the score 36-14 in favour of England after 55 minutes.

It took almost 10 minutes for the next try of the game and it came from some relentless work from George Kruis.

The lock who put in a huge shift up until that point blocked down a clearing kick from Jayden Hayward and he was able to regather and fall over the line.

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Dan Robson then scored his first international try a few minutes later when a lovely break from Joe Cokanasiga saw the winger put Robson clean through with a perfectly timed pass.

England got their eighth and final try just two minutes from full-time when a Tito Tebaldi clearing kick was blocked down which allowed Shields to collect and score his second.

England: Elliot Daly, Joe Cokanasiga, Manu Tuilagi (Slade 62′), Ben Te’o, Jonny May, Owen Farrell (Ford 62′), Ben Youngs (Robson 62′), Ellis Genge (Moon 59′), Jamie George (Cowan-Dickie 59′), Kyle Sinckler (Cole 55′), Joe Launchbury (Hughes 66′), George Kruis, Brad Shields, Tom Curry (Wilson 55′), Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ben Moon, Dan Cole, Nathan Hughes, Mark Wilson, Dan Robson, George Ford, Henry Slade.

Italy: Jayden Hayward, Edoardo Padovani, Michele Campagnaro (Castello 23′ (McKinley 33′)), Luca Morisi (Palazzani 62′), Angelo Esposito, Tommaso Allan, Tito Tebaldi, Andrew Lovotti (Traore 62′), Luca Bigi (Ghiraldini 49′), Simone Ferrari (Pasquali 49′), Federico Ruzza, Dean Budd (Sisi 49′), Sebastian Negri (Polledri 49′), Braam Steyn, Sergio Parisse.

Replacements: Leonardo Ghiraldini, Cherif Traore, Tizano Pasquali, David Sisi, Jake Polledri, Guglielmo Palazzani, Ian McKinley, Tommaso Castello.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter