England put last week’s defeat to Scotland behind them with a six-try, 41-18 Six Nations victory over Italy at Twickenham as Anthony Watson scored two tries and Jonny May claimed a memorable one with an astonishing, acrobatic leap.
Jonny Hill, Jack Willis and Elliot Daly also scored but the young Italy side were far from disgraced, despite falling to a 29th successive Six Nations defeat.
- Watson scores two as England sweep aside Italy
We look at how England’s starting XV rated…
15. Elliot Daly – 6
Had to take some of the blame as England got too narrow in defence for Italy’s early try and struggled to make much of an impact until he popped up to touch down when England had numbers on the left wing 12 minutes from time.
14. Anthony Watson – 8
Looked lively after the early setback and showed good feet to finish off England’s second try, before making the interception and darting 80 metres to double his tally.
13. Henry Slade – 7
It was his grubber kick that caused alarm in the Italian defence in the build-up to England’s first try. Almost got a touchdown of his own but just came out second best in a foot race. Quieter in the second half.
12. Owen Farrell – 6
Not his best kicking display and not involved as much as he would have liked.
11. Jonny May – 8
Stunning leaping finish in the corner to beat the tackle of Luca Sperandio and put England in control before the break. Always looked a threat.
10. George Ford – 7
Kicked intelligently and provided his backs with plenty of attacking ball. Held up over the line in the closing stages.
9. Ben Youngs – 6
Not at his best and can lay claim to his fair share of England’s handling error count. Not helped by replacement Dan Robson making an almost instant impact.
1. Mako Vunipola – 6
Quiet but played his part in a solid England scrummaging performance.
2. Luke Cowan-Dickie – 8
Impressed with some big carries and put in an otherwise industrious shift.
3. Kyle Sinckler – 9
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Standout performer in the front row and heavily involved in the build-up to Daly’s try, his charging run carrying England closer to the line.
4. Maro Itoje – 7
Won a couple of turnovers and made a leading contribution to England’s tackle count.
5. Jonny Hill – 8
First international try 🌹
Jonny Hill gives his post-match thoughts 👇 pic.twitter.com/RrloP7Zd8p
Burrowed over the line for the try that put England in front in the face of some determined Italian defending – his first for his country. Also showed some good handling in the build-up to Watson’s first try.
6. Courtney Lawes – 7
Made a key offload to Hill in the build-up to Watson’s first score and put in a good shift in defence.
7. Tom Curry – 7
Topped the charts for tackles made alongside Itoje.
8. Billy Vunipola – 6
Struggled to make much of an impact but did snuff out some Italian pressure late in the first half with a clever tackle on Stephen Varney.
Replacements – 7
Robson’s superb solo run almost earned him a try shortly after coming on, but the ground he made put England within touching distance of the line and fellow replacement Jack Willis – on for his Six Nations debut – finished the job. Willis’ joy was short-lived as he suffered a serious-looking knee injury soon after.
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