Saturday, 31 October 2020 20:49

 

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England put themselves in prime position to win the Six Nations with a laboured bonus-point win against Italy.

Ben Youngs - celebrating his 100th cap - scored the opening try, before Kyle Sinckler's fumble gave Jake Polledri the chance to hit back.

England came out with renewed intensity after the break and Youngs capitalised with his second score.

The visitors then found their rhythm, with 50-cap Jamie George, Tom Curry and Henry Slade all crossing.

England will have to wait until France v Ireland is completed to learn whether they have won a first Six Nations title since 2017.

Ireland will be crowned champions if they win with a bonus point or by more than six points in Paris, while France can claim the title with a bonus-point victory and a winning margin of more than 31.

Result:Italy 5-34 England.

Meanwhile Scotland celebrated a Six Nations win in Wales for the first time in 18 years with victory in Llanelli.

The dour match was hampered by the swirling wind as Wales led 7-6 at half-time following a Rhys Carre try.

Replacement Scotland hooker Stuart McInally scored a second-half try and Stuart Hogg added a late penalty to seal victory.

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones finished on the losing side as he became the world's most capped international player on his 149th Test appearance.

Result:Wales 10-14 Scotland.