England make it 3 from 3 with victory over Samoa

Itoje could be fit for Six Nations opener

England (22) 48
Tries: Brown, Lozowski, Ewels, Daly 2, Slade, Rokoduguni Cons: Ford 5 Pens: Ford
Samoa (7) 14
Tries: Faasalele, Vui Cons: Nanai-Williams 2

England Rugby Union team made it 3 from 3 in the Autumn internationals with another impressive 2nd half flurry of tries as they accounted for a Samoa in the same way they finished of Australia a week earlier ending a year to remember that includes retaining the 6 nations and an undefeated Summer tour to Argentina.

two tries in the first 10 minutes to the recalled duo of full back Mike Brown and Centre Alex Lozowski saw the red rose team take the early advantage, only for Piula Fassalele to replay shortly after barging over from close reach!

From here England looked to move up a gear and only some excellent defence from Samoa kept England out, until eventually the relentless English pressure told and lock Charlie Ewels crashed over for England’s third to give them a 22-7 half time lead.
With England starting the second half as they had finished the first, totally dominating procession and territory it was inevitable that the Samoan defence would eventually fold and although they managed to keep England out for the first 20 mins of the 2nd half, England went on to score further tries from Henry Slade, Semesa Rokoduguni and a brace from Elliott Daly with Samoa only able to reply via a try from skipper Chris Vui, who benefited from a well worked line out move! England’s co-captain George Ford finished of the match with 13 points from the boot thanks to 5 conversions and a single penalty goal.

England: Brown; May, Slade, Lozowski, Daly; Ford, Care; Genge, George, Cole; Launchbury, Ewels; Itoje, Robshaw (C), Simmonds
Replacements: Hartley, Marler, Williams, Isiekwe, Lawes, Youngs, Francis, Rokoduguni.

Samoa: Tuala, Perez, Fonotia, Leiua, Lemi; Nanai-Williams, Polataivao; Jordan Lay, Matu'u, Brighouse; Tyrell, Vui; Faasalele, Ioane, Lam.
Replacements: Leiataua, Jay Lay, Sasagi, Lemalu, Treviranus, Matavao, Lee-Lo, Taulagi.

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