Anthony Watson scored two tries as England returned to profitable methods with a 41-18 Six Nations success towards Italy at Twickenham on Saturday.
Reigning champions England ran in six tries in all after their try-less tournament-opening 11-6 defeat by Scotland final week — the Scots’ first win at Twickenham since 1983.
In contrast, England led 20-8 at half-time on Saturday, with Jonny Hill, Watson and Jonny Could all scoring tries after Montanna Ioane had crossed to offer the Azzurri a shock third-minute lead.
Watson’s breakaway effort early within the second half put the outcome past doubt earlier than alternative Jack Willis and Elliot Daly added additional tries.
This was Italy’s twenty ninth successive Six Nations loss, a run stretching again to 2015, and meant they’d been overwhelmed in all 28 of their Checks towards England.
Nevertheless it was nonetheless a much-improved exhibiting by the Azzurri, contemporary from a humiliating 50-10 loss to France, and so they defied all predictions by opening the scoring with Ioane’s third-minute strive.
England coach Eddie Jones resisted the temptation to drop captain Owen Farrell following a lacklustre Calcutta Cup exhibiting however moved him to inside centre, with George Ford restored at fly-half as he reverted to a well-known 10-12 mixture.
Seasoned props Kyle Sinckler and Mako Vunipola, returned from suspension and harm to kind an all-new entrance row alongside hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie after England’s poor scrum exhibiting towards the Scots.
Nevertheless it was Italy who took the lead after England once more conceded an early penalty.
Azzurri No 8 Michele Lamaro gathered the ball off the deck, with scrum-half Stephen Varney’s fast, flat cross releasing half-back accomplice Paolo Garbisi, who went on the blindside.
A fast dealing with transfer noticed full-back Jacopo Trulla ship in left wing Ioane, the nephew of former Australia wing Digby Ioane, on the nook.
Garbisi missed the conversion and Farrell quickly decreased the deficit with a close-range penalty.
When Italy lock David Sisi was penalised for a excessive deal with close to his personal posts, Farrell determined towards kicking for aim, a transfer vindicated within the 14th minute when Exeter lock Hill was pushed over for his first Check strive.
Following Farrell’s missed conversion, Garbisi drew Italy degree with a Twentieth-minute penalty.
After Ford’s excessive kick prompted issues within the Italy defence, centre Henry Slade simply misplaced the race for a landing as he went looking for a strive.
However England, beginning to get on prime with man-of-the-match Sinckler main the way in which up entrance, crossed Italy’s line for a second time when wing Watson went over within the twenty sixth minute after a slick transfer involving recalled back-row Courtney Lawes and a flicked cross from Could.
Farrell transformed and England led 15-8.
An overthrown England line-out gave Italy the prospect of an equalising strive however a knock-on noticed the prospect squandered.
That error was compounded for Italy on the stroke of half-time when the acrobatic Could leapt in excessive on the nook as he evaded opposing wing Luca Sperandio’s problem earlier than touching down for his thirty second strive in 63 Checks.
Farrell missed the troublesome conversion however England nonetheless had a snug lead.
Garbisi’s penalty quickly after the break decreased England’s benefit to 20-11.
However hopes of an Italy revival have been snuffed out when Watson intercepted Garbisi’s cross on the sting of England’s 22 earlier than sprinting clear for a strive.
And on the hour mark, Willis went over after alternative scrum-half Dan Robson’s 30-metre break caught Italy chilly.
Willis, nevertheless, was taken off on a stretcher 16 minutes from time with what gave the impression to be a knee harm.
Italy alternative Tommaso Allan then scored a strive just for full-back Daly to answer in variety.