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Win for England

Reuters
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

England scored seven tries on the way to an emphatic 46-15 win away to Italy as they began the defence of their Six Nations title in style yesterday.

Winger Anthony Watson got England off to a flying start with two early tries and number eight Sam Simmonds also bagged two. Flyhalf Owen Farrell, George Ford and Jack Nowell added one apiece and Farrell kicked four conversions and a penalty.

The score was harsh on Italy who resisted bravely until a flurry of England tries in the closing minutes.

The winners of the last two wooden spoons were refreshingly positive and replied with two tries of their own from Tommaso Benvenuti and Mattia Bellini with Tommaso Allan kicking a conversion and penalty.

England, who have won all 24 games against Italy, lost scrumhalf Ben Youngs in the first half when he suffered a knee injury.

"They played exceptionally well," England head coach Eddie Jones said.








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