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England too strong for Samoa

Monday, November 27, 2017

LONDON - Livewire wing Elliot Daly scored two excellent tries as England overcame a stodgy middle period to produce another strong finish and beat Samoa 48-14 to complete a hat-trick of victories in their autumn internationals on Saturday.

Mike Brown, Alex Lozowski and Charlie Ewels had a somewhat experimental England 22-7 ahead at halftime and they piled on the points in the final quarter as Daly, twice, Henry Slade and Semesa Rokoduguni completed the rout.

It was far from plain-sailing, however, as England were second-best at the breakdown all day and for long periods struggled to impose themselves on a team beaten by Romania last week.

"It was a bit of a muddling performance from us," England coach Eddie Jones said. "We started well but got a bit seduced by the perceived easiness of the game and got hauled back.

"We have a hell of a lot of work to do, we don't have the consistency of doing the small things right, but we've got time to get it right."

Despite the blips, the result meant that, after victories over Argentina and Australia, Jones's record with England is now 22 wins from 23 games — the only setback being the Six Nations loss to Ireland in March.

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