England rout Italy thanks to Ashton’s fab four

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Winger Chris Ashton scored four tries as England overwhelmed Italy 59-13 at Twickenham on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten start to the Six Nations rugby championship.

England, who opened their campaign with victory in Cardiff last weekend, ran in eight tries and were always in control against an Italian side who had come close to scoring an upset over Ireland in their first match.

England’s other tries came from wing Mark Cueto, captain Mike Tindall, flanker James Haskell and substitute Danny Care.

Fly-half Toby Flood contributed 13 points from the boot with replacement Jonny Wilkinson adding the rest.

But it was rugby league convert Ashton who grabbed the headlines, taking his tally to nine tries in nine matches and becoming the first English player to score four tries in one match in the Six Nations.

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