England 57-14 Italy – PLAYER RATINGS: Manu Tuilagi looks lean and mean while Joe Cokanasiga provides the power in convincing Six Nations win
- England hammered Italy 57-14 thanks to tries from Manu Tuilagi and Brad Shields
- England kept their Six Nations title hopes alive, moving within one point of Wales
- Joe Cokanasiga and Manu Tuilagi were the star performers as England ran riot
England kept their title hopes alive thanks to braces from Manu Tuilagi and Brad Shields.
Sportsmail’s SIMON MILLS runs the rule over the star performers after England cruised to victory at Twickenham.
Manu Tuilagi was rampaging around to telling effect as England defeated Italy 57-14
Elliot Daly 7: Sizzling break to set up May’s try and untroubled by Italy in defence. One misplaced kick but classy throughout.
Joe Cokanasiga 8: Too much power for Italy and offloading threat could add an extra dimension as England build towards World Cup. Question marks about his defensive reads though.
Manu Tuilagi 8: Quiet in Cardiff. Looked lean and mean here beating three men for first-half try, setting up the Shields score and powering over in second half.
Ben Te’o 7: Solid return after injury-strewn season. A favourite of Jones’s but still questions about the side’s midfield balance no matter how many tackles he makes.
Jonny May 7: A 13th try in 14 games and overtook Josh Lewsey to go seventh on England’s all-time list.
Owen Farrell 7: An easy ride behind a dominant pack. Near faultless kicking and made some solid hits in defence.
Joe Cokanasiga is a freakish asset and Jonny May was right to say he had ‘the world at his feet’
Ben Youngs 7: Will become England’s most capped scrum half against Scotland and his 84th Test appearance was a lively one. Couldn’t halt Allan for Italy’s try.
Ellis Genge 7: Faces a straight shoot-out with Ben Moon for one of the last places on the plane to Japan. Feisty and hard hitting performance here.
Jamie George 8: Showed all his qualities in tight and loose – driving England’s scrum forward and throwing a neat looping pass for Tuilagi’s second try
Kyle Sinckler 8: No temperamental problems at Twickenham. Key dynamic carrier, furiously vocal throughout and even got a neat kick away in the first half
Brad Shields grabbed his opportunity in the absence of Mark Wilson, scoring two tries
Joe Launchbury 7: Has slipped behind the more dynamic Itoje and Lawes in the pecking order but ruled the lineout here and topped the tackle count
George Kruis 8: Unshowy but effective breakdown work, double figure tackle count, lineout organisation and a chargedown for a rare try.
Brad Shields 7: Great opportunity in the absence of Mark Wilson and efficient throughout. Supporting energy earned his first two England tries.
Tom Curry 7: Another hyperactive performance from England’s find of the season. Tackled hard, nuisance at breakdown, active in support.
Billy Vunipola 7: Big responsibility with key men missing and he shouldered the burden by carrying hard up the middle and around the fringes.
Billy Vunipola took responsibility by carrying hard up the middle and around the fringes
Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie (for George 59) Kept up pressure on Italy 7 Ben Moon (for Genge 59) Overshadowed by Genge’s performance 7 Dan Cole (for Sinckler 55) Short on dynamism in rare outing 6 Nathan Hughes (for Launchbury 68) One high hit, competitive 6 Mark Wilson (for Curry 56) Hard working and hard tackling as ever 6 Dan Robson (for Youngs 61) A long overdue 19-minute run-out and well taken try 7 George Ford (for Farrell 61) One overambitious pass missed the target, organised well 6 Henry Slade (for Tuilagi 62) Few chances for the Exeter man to impose himself 6
Jayden Hayward 5 Edoardo Padovani 5 Michele Campagnaro 5 Luco Morisi 7 Angelo Esposito 6 Tommaso Allan 7 Tito Tebaldi 6 Andrea Lovetti 5 Luca Bigi 5 Simone Ferrari 5 Federico Ruzza 5 Dean Budd 5 Sebastian Negri 6 Abraham Steyn 7 Sergio Parisse 6
Replacements Leonardo Ghiraldini (for Bigi 49) 6 Cherif Traore (for Parisse 62) 6 Tiziano Pasquali (for Ferrari 49) 6 David Sisi (for Budd 49) 7 Jake Polledri (for Negri 49) 7 Guglielmo Palazzani (for Morisi) 6 Ian McKinley (for Castello 33) 6 Tommasco Castello (for Campagnaro 23) 7