England crushes Italy 46-15
New Zealand Herald
February 4, 2018 5:29 pm
Defending champion, England hammered Italy 46-15 to record its third straight outright Six Nations title.
Ben Youngs was carted off on a stretcher less than 10 minutes into his 56th start for England, which overtook Matt Dawson’s record of most starts for an England scrum-half.
England was already 5-0 up by then and Anthony Watson scored his second try of the day.
Six Nations debutant Sam Simmonds also scored two tries, in the second half, while George Ford and Jack Nowell turned over for England late on as Italy collapsed.
England moved to the top of the table, ahead of Wales on points difference.
Italy had lost its past 12 Six Nations matches and all 23 of its previous matches against England.