VIDEO: Electric Tuilagi inspires England to victory at Twickenham

Manu Tuilagi celebrates scoring their fifth try with Billy Vunipola 9/3/2019
Manu Tuilagi rolled back the years as England ran in eight tries against Italy at Twickenham.

Manu Tuilagi rolled back the years as England ran in eight tries against Italy at Twickenham.

Jamie George, Jonny May, Manu Tuilagi and Brad Shields all bagged first-half scores as England took just 30 minutes to seal the bonus point.

And Tuilagi and Shields both crossed again after the break for the impressive hosts, who also saw substitute Dan Robson bag his first try in international colours.

In a characteristic strong start, hooker George was the first to go over for Eddie Jones’ outfit, the Saracens man taking advantage of a dominant driving maul to finish in the corner.

Italy, though, hit back immediately through Tommaso Allan’s fantastic solo effort. Picking up the ball close to the left wing, the fly-half crashed through a gap before evading the attentions of Ben Youngs.

That brought Conor O’Shea’s side level with 12 minutes on the clock, but their parity was to be short-lived.

Elliot Daly broke clear from full-back before feeding the supporting May for his fifth try in this year’s Championship.

Then came the moment Tuilagi had been waiting for. Without a try at Twickenham in six years, the centre got in on the act with another superb solo score that showcased his pace in full.

And Tuilagi made his mark again soon after, feeding Brad Shields for the bonus-point try as England assumed a 31-7 half-time lead.

Tuilagi’s day continued to get better, with the Leicester Tigers star dotting down from a position on the right wing following an excellent pass from George.

Unbowed, the visitors were next to get on the scoresheet, Luca Morisi pouncing on fine play from Allan.

That was far from the end of the scoring, as George Kruis charged down a Jayden Hayward kick to race over for just his second ever England try.

It was a day for unlikely scorers, and substitute Dan Robson was the next to strike shortly after his introduction, strolling in after electric wing play from Joe Cokanasiga.

Kruis repeated his earlier turn for the final try of the evening, with Shields gleefully mopping up for his second.