Six Nations: England secure crucial bonus point win over Italy to keep Six Nations hopes alive

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England kept their Six Nations hopes alive with a professional 34-5 win against lowly Italy in Rome on Saturday afternoon.

Eddie Jones’ England were comfortable winners in their must win clash at the Stadio Olympico, as they cruised to a much-needed bonus point victory to keep their championship hopes alive.

After an attritional first half, the Red Roses made light work of their hosts in the second stanza, thanks to an inspirational performance from halfback, Ben Youngs.

With the Italians tiring, England took full advantage, picking their hosts apart to ensure their chances of glory didn't fade quietly into the night.

The bonus point was absolutely crucial if they were to have any chance of claiming the title and it came late in the piece when Tom Curry dotted down after breaking down the left, much to the relief of the fans watching on.

England have already managed to reclaim the Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup in this year’s tournament, and, although they were unable to achieve a Grand-Slam, today’s win means that they could secure a 29th Six Nations championship.

However, after over seven months of waiting to see the conclusion of the Six Nations, due to the tournament finale was postponed by to the onset of the coronavirus, it’s going to go down right to the wire.

Now all the English can do is wait as France tackle Ireland in the late kick-off.

Ireland set the standard last week as they put in a stellar performance against Italy coasting to a 50-17 win in Dublin.

The 2018 Grand Slam winners will go into their clash against France full of confidence off the back of that.

However, England’s win against Italy means that Ireland must win in Paris if they are to have any hopes of winning the Six Nations themselves.

This might be a big ask for the Irish, who have only managed to win three of their last 10 matches against France in Paris.

It promises to be a dramatic evening.

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