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England cruise to victory over Italy in Rome

Jonathan Joseph got a hat-trick. Credit: PA

England delivered the "good hiding" of Italy demanded by Eddie Jones to leave the Stadio Olimpico with a 40-9 victory that keeps alive their Grand Slam quest.

Jonathan Joseph plundered a hat-trick of tries in a final half-hour that was dominated by the Red Rose, while George Ford and Owen Farrell also crossed on an afternoon that saw the Azzurri suffer a late collapse.

Until Joseph struck for the first time in the 53rd minute, the "absolutely brutal" demolition in which no Italian was "left standing" sought by Jones looked a bold ambition with the lead a slender 11-9.

On another weekend of low-quality RBS 6 Nations rugby, the rivals produced a poor advert for a tournament that is falling well short of the standards witnessed in last autumn's World Cup.

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