England ran in an impressive 10 tries as they crushed Italy 60-3 in Bedford to complete their autumn internationals with a clean sweep of victories, including a win in France.
The visitors couldn’t cope with England’s forwards as their driving maul and Scrum’s were untested with Vicky Fleetwood, Poppy Cleall and Heather Kerr all going over from close range in the opening quarter of the game.
Winger Abbey Dow (pictured) outsmarted two defenders to make it 22-3, before World player of the year Emily Scarratt darted through the gap to cross for the Red Roses fifth try of the afternoon.
With the weather conditions deteriorating, hooker Kerr crashed over for her second of the afternoon as England continued to apply pressure with Amy Cokayne, Rownita Marston and Sarah Bern all adding to an earlier penalty try.
Overall the final result out lined England’s class as Italy who finished runners up to England in this years Six Nations could only offer limited spells of resistance in the early exchanges but faltered badly after the break.
While the victory is England’s 12th from 13 this year and extended their unbeaten run on home soil to an impressive 17.
Speaking after the game Head Coach Simon Middleton spoke to the BBC sport;
“I thought we played exceptionally well in really tough conditions he said!
“When you play a team you know you could dominate it's easy to go away from your game plan and struggle with your basics, but we executed well and stuck to our plan brilliantly.
“I thought we were ruthless in how we played and there were some really good individual performances.”
England: McKenna; Dow, Scarratt, Scott, MacDonald; Harrison, Hunt; Botterman, Kerr, Brown, Cleall, Aldcroft, Packer, Fleetwood, Hunter
Replacements: Cokayne, Perry, Bern, Beckett, Marston, Riley, Daley-Mclean, Breach
Italy: Barattin; Magatti, Sillari, Rigoni, Sarasso; Cavina, Stefan; Turani, Bettoni, Gai, Fedrighi, Duca, Locatelli, Franco, Giordano.
Replacements: Cerato, Merlo, Tounesi, Ruzza, Cammarano, Sgorbini, Paganini, Capomaggi.
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