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England keep Six Nations hopes alive following Italy rout

9th March 2019, 19:23 by Tom McGarry

England still have an outside chance of winning this year's Six Nations following Saturday's 57-14 thrashing of Italy at Twickenham.

The result was never really in any doubt for Eddie Jones' side, who ran in eight tries, including two apiece from Manu Tuilagi and Brad Shields.

Jamie George, Jonny May, George Kruis and replacement Dan Robson were the other players to cross for England, who extended their imperious record against Italy to 25 wins from 25 matches.

Italy did grab two tries of their own through Tommaso Allan and Luca Morisi but remain bottom of the standings and without a win in the Six Nations since 2015.

England, for their part, can still claim Six Nations glory for the third time in four years, but they need Grand Slam-chasing Wales to lose to Ireland on home soil next Saturday, while they will also have to make sure they see off Scotland at Twickenham on the same day.

"Next week will be like a grand final, it’ll be exciting," Jones told ITV. "We cannot control what happens in the other game, but we can control what happens against Scotland. We’ll have a couple of days off but then get into it on Monday."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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