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England ruthless as Italians bulldozed

Running game: Joe Marchant on his way to score a try
Running game: Joe Marchant on his way to score a try

By Duncan Bech

England brought their World Cup preparations to a winning end after a lively second-half performance against Italy in Newcastle.

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Eddie Jones' side found their form to go on and defeat the Italians 37-0.

Three Owen Farrell penalties gave the hosts a 9-0 lead following a lacklustre first half, but Ben Youngs' try brought the match to life after the break.

Centre Joe Marchant, who is not in the World Cup squad, broke free for a stylish solo effort before prop Ellis Genge scored his first England try.

Anthony Watson then cruised through a gap created by Owen Farrell's delayed pass to add England's fourth and final score.

England travel to Japan tomorrow and begin their World Cup campaign against Tonga on September 22.

England have won all but one of their warm-up games, recording their biggest winning margin against Ireland and beating Wales at Twickenham before losing to the same opponents in Cardiff the following week.

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Scotland pulled away from a stubborn Georgia in the second half at Murrayfield to earn their third win, 36-9, in four World Cup warm-up matches.

It was a one-point game at the break, with unconverted tries by Ali Price and Blair Kinghorn met by three Tedo Abzhandadze penalties.

But Sam Johnston darted over to edge the Scots clear, and tries by Darcy Graham, and the Horne brothers - George and Pete - sealed victory in Scotland's final game before their opener in Japan against Ireland on September 22.

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