England ran in 10 tries as they eased to a 56-13 victory over Italy as the Red Roses made it two wins from two games at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland.
Danielle Waterman and Emily Scaratt scored two tries each as England ran riot against the Italians.
It took England just nine minutes to open up the Italians — Emily Scarratt went over for her second try of the tournament as she raced clear of the Italian defence.
A few minutes later, Alex Matthews touched down under the posts to leave Scaratt with an easy conversion to make it 12-0.
Italy started to narrow the gap, with a penalty and a try from Maria Magatti bringing the score back to 12-8 with 22 minutes on the clock.
But a great team try eased the pressure on England with winger Lydia Thompson touching down after receiving the ball from Danielle Waterman.
A try just before the break from Amy Cokayne made it 22-8, and England took full control after the break.
Tries from Tamara Taylor, Scarratt and a pair of tries from Waterman after half time took the game away from the reach of the Italians and quick fire tries late on from Lydia Thompson and Amy Wilson-Hardy sealed the win for the defending champions.
England will face the United States in their final pool game on Saturday.
Meanwhile, New Zealand thrashed Hong Kong 121-0 in the early kick-off.
Portia Woodman ran in eight of New Zealand’s 19 tries as the Black Ferns ran away with the game.
There were also tries for Les Ketu, Stacey Waaka, Kelly Brazier and Theresa Fitzpatrick.
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