Seven-try England see off Samoa

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England made it three wins out of three in their November internationals as they overcame Samoa 48-14 at Twickenham on Saturday.

Tries from Mike Brown, Alex Lozowski, Elliot Daly (2), Henry Slade and Semesa Rokoduguni saw them past Samoa in a scrappy showing.

Piula Faasalele and Chris Vui crossed for Samoa, who bounced back admirably from last week's loss to Romania with a spirited display.

England raced out of the blocks and were looking in red hot form when full-back Brown crossed after just two minutes, following flanker Maro Itoje's smart pick and go from 15 metres out. Ford added the extras off the tee as Samoa looked rocked with a big scoreline in the offing.

The hosts continued to dominate and on 10 minutes went over for their second try, this time Lozowski finished off good work from wing Daly and Jamie George after Tim Nanai-Williams spilled a high kick. Ford was wayward with a relatively simple conversion, which kept it at 12-0.

Samoa then admirably quelled the attacks and launched one of their own three minutes later, crossing through Faasalele with a carry.

But England hit back with the only further try before the break as lock Ewels barged over on 29 minutes, adding to Ford's earlier penalty.

Coming out for the second-half at 22-7 in front, it was expected that England would ease away of Samoa. However, they were frustrated until the hour mark as Samoa were strong at the breakdown, regularly getting over the ball to win relieving penalties that halted the hosts.

But cometh the hour cometh Daly who finished well, stepping inside off his wing with the pressure finally telling as England went 29-7 up.

That seemed to release the shackles for Jones' men and they had their fifth try when replacement scrum-half Ben Youngs fed outside centre Slade brilliantly with a flat pass to make it 36-7 with the conversion on 70 minutes. 

And there was still time for both sides to add to their tally as first Samoa captain Vui finished superbly on the left for a consolation try before Daly showed his pace to go in under the posts, with Rokoduguni adding the late gloss.

The scorers:

For England:
Tries: Brown, Lozowski, Ewels, Daly 2, Slade, Rokoduguni
Cons: Ford 5
Pen: Ford

For Samoa:
Tries: Faasalele, Vui
Cons: Nanai-Williams 2
Yellow Card: Faasalele

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Jonny May, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Alex Lozowski, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 George Ford (cc), 9 Danny Care, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Chris Robshaw (cc), 6 Maro Itoje, 5 Charlie Ewels, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Jamie George, 1 Ellis Genge
Replacements: 16 Dylan Hartley, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Nick Isiekwe, 20 Courtney Lawes, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Piers Francis, 23 Semesa Rokoduguni

Samoa: 15 Ahsee Tuala, 14 Paul Perez, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Alapati Leiua, 11 David Lemi, 10 Tim Nanai-Williams, 9 Dwayne Polataivao, 8 Jack Lam, 7 TJ Ioane, 6 Piula Faasalele, 5 Chris Vui (c), 4 Josh Tyrell, 3 Donald Brighouse, 2 Motu Matu’u, 1 Jordan Lay
Replacements: 16 Manu Leiataua, 17 James Lay, 18 Hisa Sasagi, 19 Faatiga Lemalu, 20 Ofisa Treviranus, 21 Melani Matavao, 22 Rey Lee-Lo, 23 JJ Taulagi

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Craig Evans (Wales)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)