England close on Six Nations title with Italy win

Ben Youngs scores twice on 100th England appearance; Jamie George marks 50th England cap with a try; Tom Curry and Henry Slade also score in bonus-point win; Ireland or France could still snatch Six Nations title away from England

Last Updated: 31/10/20 6:45pm

Ben Youngs scored two tries on his 100th England appearance
Ben Youngs scored two tries on his 100th England appearance

England moved into pole position in the Six Nations title race after a 34-5 win over Italy in Rome.

Having held an unimpressive 10-5 lead at the interval, England improved in the second half to score four tries and move top of the table.

Test centurion Ben Youngs crossed for tries at the start of both halves while Jamie George scored on his 50th England appearance.

Tom Curry grabbed the bonus-point try with 13 minutes remaining before Henry Slade scored a fifth to improve England’s scoring difference.

Henry Slade is tackled by Italy's Mattia Bellini
Henry Slade is tackled by Italy’s Mattia Bellini

Ireland can snatch the title from England’s grasp if they claim a bonus-point win over France or win by a margin of seven points or more.

Les Bleus could also win the title if they beat Ireland by at least 32 points and also pick up a bonus point.

More to follow…

Source : Sky Sports