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Published: 16:12 | 14/2/16

Joseph stars in England triumph

Italy suffer Six Nations defeat

Jonathan Joseph scored three second-half tries to help England to a 40-9 victory away to Italy in the Six Nations Championship.

The visitors led just 11-9 at the interval but Joseph’s treble, along with a try from Owen Farrell, ultimately allowed the visitors to cruise to the triumph.

England, with two wins from two outings, sit at the top of the table, ahead of the visit of Ireland to Twickenham in a fortnight.

Italy, meanwhile, are bottom on points-difference from Scotland.

An exchange of penalties between Carlo Canna and Owen Farrell left the scores level at six apiece heading towards the break.

A turnover by Mike Brown, however, led to the opening try of the game, with Farrell feeding George Ford to slide over in the corner and ensure that the visitors led at the interval, despite Canna's third penalty of the day.

With Marco Fuser, Alessandro Zanni and Gonzalo Garcia all having been forced off with injuries during the opening half-hour, Italy went into the second half on the back foot, but the hosts would have been ahead had Canna not missed a relatively straightforward penalty.

A poor pass from Leonardo Sarto allowed Joseph to run in an interception try, before the 24-year-old Bath man gathered substitute Danny Care's grubber kick to extend England's lead, with Farrell converting both scores.

Ford added a penalty before Joseph got the better of several tacklers to effectively seal the victory.

Care and fellow replacement Jamie George combined cleverly for Farrell to score the visitors' fifth and final try of the afternoon.

With victories over Scotland and the Italians, England's biggest test of the tournament so far will come in two weeks' time in London, as Ireland visit knowing that they must win to retain any hope of retaining their Six Nations crown.

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