England maintained their intensity to see off a lacklustre Italy to keep their hopes of a Six Nations title alive.
First half tries from Jamie George, Jonny May, Manu Tuilagi and Brad Shields saw England finish the first half leading 31-7, securing the bonus point with only 32 minutes gone.
Wales’ victory over Scotland earlier in the day dented England’s chances of securing the Six Nations title, but Eddie Jones’ side’s win means it is still all to play for in next weekend’s Super Saturday showdown.
Tommaso Allan secured Italy’s seven first-half points after easily converting
his own try from the touchline.
England continued their dominance in the second half with Tuilagi securing his second try before a charge-down allowed George Kruis to scramble over the line. Dan Robson secured the third try of the half for England, with Owen Farrell’s conversion taking the total to 50. Shields completed the rout for the Red Roses going over in the 79th minute.
Italy looked to fight back in what was already a loosing cause as Luca Morisi went over for Italy’s second try. The Italian bench added impetus to their second-half performance, but it was not enough as England ‘Kruis’ed’ to a 43 point victory.
Dan Robson entered the fray in the 62nd minute as he looked to increased his International game time ahead of the World Cup later this year. Robson has been lacking game time so far in this years tournament with many fans calling for him to start today’s game.
On only three other occasions have England scored more than 31 points in the first half of a Five/Six Nations match; with 34 against Wales in 1998 and 33 verses Italy in both 2001 and 2003.