England 31-14 Italy: The pragmatic hosts earn their first victory under Steve Borthwick.

England earned their first Six Nations victory under Steve Borthwick with a pragmatic bonus-point victory over Italy at Twickenham.

Jack Willis scored the first try of his comeback before Ollie Chessum powered over for the second.

Jamie George added a third from close range, but Marco Riccioni scored for Italy after the break.

A penalty try sealed the bonus, and Henry Arundell added a fifth, with Alessandro Fusco scoring a consolation try.

The hosts’ victory, their 30th in 30 meetings with Italy, moves them up to third in the table, one point ahead of defending champions France on points difference, while Italy drops to fifth.

Borthwick’s men play Wales in Cardiff on February 25th, following the weekend break, while the Azzurri host world number one Ireland earlier that day.

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