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England 41-18 Italy: Hosts find flashes of flair to bounce back from Scotland defeat


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England: (20) 41
Tries: Hill, Watson 2, May, Willis, Daly; Pen: Farrell; Cons: Farrell 4
Italy: (8) 18
Tries: Ioane, Allan; Pens: Garbisi 2; Con: Garbisi

England found flashes of attacking flair to bounce back from last weekend’s Scotland defeat and claim a six-try Six Nations win against Italy.

Monty Ioane’s early try caused a scare at Twickenham, before England’s Jonny Hill and Anthony Watson crossed.

Wing Jonny May closed out the first half in style, leaping out of a tackle to touch down in spectacular fashion.

After the break, Watson’s impressive intercept try sealed a bonus point for the defending champions.

Substitute back row Jack Willis scored from short range but was almost immediately carried off the pitch on a stretcher after sustaining a knee injury.

Replacement back Tommaso Allan added a second try for Italy before Elliot Daly crossed for England to seal victory and offer some solace to fans after last weekend’s unexpected loss.

England will now be hoping for a Wales win against Scotland or Irish victory over France in the weekend’s other two fixtures to get their title bid back on track.

More to follow.



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