England’s Ben Youngs celebrated his 100th cap by scoring twice as they dismantled Italy 34-5 at the Stadio Olimpico in the Six Nations Championship.
Prop Ellis Genge has driven through for the only try of the game as England eventually found a way past Scotland in an error-strewn 13-6 Six Nations win in foul Edinburgh conditions.
The teams were locked at 3-3 with 10 minutes remaining of a chaotic match on Sunday when Genge was shoved over by his teammates following a good scrum to give England a much-needed victory after last week’s opening defeat in France.
It was just about the only memorable moment of a game where the conditions made handling and kicking a huge challenge but England will not care about that, having drawn with the Scots at Twickenham last year and lost on their last visit to Murrayfield in 2018.
“We are happy with the performance,” said their captain Owen Farrell.
“To come up here with the conditions and the atmosphere, we knew it would be tough. The wind was unpredictable and it made the ball go out on the full a few times but the most pleasing thing was our attitude. We grew as the game went on.”
England coach Eddie Jones was upbeat.
“Apart from one 15-minute period we dominated the game and dominated field position,” he said.
“We had a few poor kicks but we dominated possession and we finished it off, which we didn’t do last week.”
England next face Ireland in two weeks, with Andy Farrell’s team top of the standings after their victory over Wales in Dublin earlier on Saturday.
Scotland travel to Italy next in desperate need of victory after back-to-back defeats, not that coach Gregor Townsend was sounding downhearted.
“I thought the way we played in the second half was excellent, given the conditions,” he said.
“To show what we did for the first 15 minutes, to force errors and penalties was good. It was just that five-minute period that England got into our 22 that we have to remedy.”