Italy 5 England 34: Youngs bags try double on 100th cap as Red Rose scrape bonus-point win

ENGLAND did the Italian job as they secured a bonus-point win in Rome.

Centurion Ben Youngs inspired them to victory on his 100th cap as he scored in each half at Stadio Olimpico.

But it was far from pretty as Eddie Jones' side were made to fight and scrap to pile the pressure on France and Ireland in the hunt for the Six Nations title.

They were off to a flier, before a bit of a crash-landing in the opening half.

Youngs, on his landmark appearance, bagged his 15th try in England colours after just five minutes as Mako Vunipola put Owen Farrell into a gap to pick out his half-back partner to go under the posts.

Farrell then ditched the chance to go for touch when in front of goal for an easy penalty to race into a 10-0 lead after 12 minutes.

But then Rome started to fall.

England booted the ball away like a hot panini whenever they got hold of it and were scrappy in possession.

Gloucester's, Bristol-born and English-qualified no 8 Jake Polledri then struck a hammer blow.

After a Kyle Sinckler fumble Polledri was the man who charged through and beat scrambling hooker Jamie George and Henry Slade into the corner. 

Two minutes later, debutant Jonny Hill was then pinged for a head shot on Azzurri winger Edoardo Padovani, as furious Jones slammed down his radio device on his desk in frustration.

England were rattled and even top dog Maro Itoje was coughing-up penalties, before saving his rep and his side when he held Italy's drive up on the England try line.

Just two minutes before the break Polledri was the second man to see yellow as he came in at the side of a mean-looking England maul – only for the pack to blow-up when all they had to do was score.

At least Youngs was back to the rescue 56 seconds into the second-half as he sniped at the ruck with a dummy to beat Danilo Fischetti, Braam Steyn and Wasps full-back Matteo Minozzi.

They were one short of the extra-special fourth when George notched just his fourth score on his half ton.

Grunt and guts were the ingredients as the hooker was shoved over from close range.

Though ref Pascal Gauzere thought he was short when he got mixed-up with the markings and sponsors' logo.

Curry made sure of it when he snuck down the left and Slade kept the damage up as Ben Earl gathered a loose ball and teed-up the Exeter Chiefs centre for the fifth.

But straight after all eyes were on Paris where England waited and hoped that it would all go their way.

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