England gave a glimpse of what they can do in attack as they won 33-0 against Italy in the Six Nations.
This was to be expected as Italy have yet to beat England, but there were plenty of encouraging signs for the visitors in the bonus points win in Rome.
Marcus Smith was in inspired form and got the first try of the game before Jamie George added a first-half brace.
Elliot Daly wrapped up the bonus point shortly after the break as England responded to last weekend’s defeat at Murrayfield with a well-deserved win.
Kyle Sinckler added a late fifth down but the final 30 minutes passed without incident and there were few signs of the ruthlessness Eddie Jones had claimed in the build-up.
It was a slightly messy opening at ten minutes from both sides, but the first down was not long in coming.
Max Malins and Smith combined well on the outside, and the fly-half went over the top for his second Six Nations try.
Midway through the first half, the lead widened. Brute force did the trick for England, with George then knocking down the line and leaving Smith with a simple conversion.
Maro Itoje thought he had gotten England’s third try, as he passed after a drive-thru maul, but was disallowed by the TMO after replays showed a Nick Isiekwe offense.
Just on the verge of half-time, George got his second as he popped up on the wing and finished in impressive fashion after a fine pass over the top from Ellis Genge, England going into the break 21-0 before.
They needed just five minutes of the second half to wrap up the bonus point, as Smith threw a fine wide pass to Daly who strolled comfortably into the corner.
Ben Youngs came off the bench to join Jason Leonard as England’s most capped male player, replacing Harry Randall who was hugely impressive at scrum-half.
It was Italy who looked the most threatening in the second half, driving deep into the England 22 on several occasions but were unable to convert him into points.
England couldn’t add to the scoreboard for almost 30 minutes, before Malins unloaded it on Sinckler and landed it under the posts.
A comfortable win in bonus points but England need to step up a gear when they host Wales at Twickenham in two weeks.