ENGLAND 57-14 ITALY Eddie Jones powerful side notch eight tries to seal emphatic Six Nations victory
PUBLISHED: 18:35 09 March 2019 | UPDATED: 19:46 09 March 2019
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England hosted Italy in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Saturday. Read on for Layth Yousif’s match report.
England scored eight tries to beat Italy 57-14 in the Six Nations in a resounding display of powerful rugby in front of 82,022 spectators at a chilly Twickenham on Saturday.
In a hectic opening Jamie George dotted down after a driving maul with Owen Farrell converting for a 7-0 lead.
Italy shocked Twickenham shortly afterwards by powering over the whitewash through Tommasso Allan who then converted.
Eddie Jones side then grabbed a second try through Jonny May with Farrell converting for 14-7.
May’s try saw him move to 17 tries in 26 Tests at Twickenham with only Rory Underwood (27), Ben Cohen (20) and Jeremy Guscott (19) scoring more tries at rugby’s HQ.
It soon became 21-7 after Manu Tuillagi broke through through Italian lines to dot down for his first try in five years with the reliable Farrell converting.
Jones’ side appeared to have done their homework as the visitors weakness looked to be on the outside channel – which the home side exploited mercilessly.
Farrell then added three more with a penalty to put the home side further ahead at 24-7.
The bonus point was bagged when Brad Shields race over to dot down for his first test try before Farrell again converted on 32 minutes.
Tuilagi swerved his man to feed the ball inside to see Shields canters through for Farrell’s simple conversion as the score moved on to 31-7.
Italy were down to 14 men with Tomasso Castello down injured when Tuilagi burst through but in truth they had been struggling to contain England with a full complement.
The second half was no different as Tuilagi grabbed his second try of the afternoon in the corner after a wonderful pass from George to feed him to make it 36-7 before Farrell proved he was human by failing to convert for the first time in the match.
Luca Morisi powered over to his unbridled delight prior to Allan again converting to close the gap to 36-14.
Seven more points were added when George Kruis blocked a clearance from No15 Jayden Hayward to race over the whitewash. It was good anticipation but Hayward hardly disguised his intentions.
The kick was converted by George Ford who replaced No10 Farrell to make it 43-14.
The half century for Jones side was reached shortly afterwards when Dan Robson scored the seventh home try of the afternoon following a neat offload by Joe Cokanasiga with Ford again converting.
The eighth try of the afternoon came shortly afterwards from Shields, converted by George, to seal an emphatic victory – with the charismatic Jones imperious in his post-match pronouncement of the visitors, saying: “I don’t feel anything for italy. They can look after themselves.”
If only they could when facing England’s powerful onslaught.