Rampant England find form
Mark Cueto and Chris Ashton scored hat-tricks as England marched to a 10-try World Cup rout by hammering Romania 67-3 at the Otago Stadium.
Cueto's quick-fire treble came in the space of just 12 first-half minutes as England felled the Mighty Oaks in comprehensive fashion.
Ashton added two more before the interval as England pocketed the bonus point inside 31 minutes. The Northampton wing then completed his own hat-trick in the second half after Ben Youngs, Ben Foden, Manu Tuilagi and Tom Croft had all joined in on the try-scoring action.
If Argentina fail to beat Scotland on Sunday, England's qualification for the World Cup quarter-finals will be confirmed.
Cueto, who was starting his first match of the tournament after recovering from a back injury, had scored just one try in his previous 25 Test appearances.
But the Sale wing came roaring back into form to run in his second Test hat-trick, and the third by an England player at the World Cup. Ashton then became the fourth England man to complete a World Cup treble.
Cueto was back in England colours along with Mike Tindall as Martin Johnson fielded his strongest available side against the Romanian second string.
The eastern Europeans prioritised Wednesday's game against Georgia and once England found their rhythm the match became little more than an opposed training run.
England laid waste to the Romanian line-out, Tuilagi was prominent in midfield while captain Lewis Moody and number eight James Haskell both enjoyed strong games.
There will still be elements that will concern Johnson, notably the needless penalties England conceded which undermined an otherwise bright start. Johnson had blasted his men for being "sloppy" against Georgia last week - but England did eventually find the ruthless edge he demanded.