England Under 20 kicked off their 2014 IRB Junior World Championship campaign with an nine-try 63-3 win against Italy in Pukekohe, New Zealand.
Gloucester Rugby duo Ross Moriarty and Billy Burns both performed well as Nick Walshe's charges kicked off their campaign with a strong second half showing against their Italian counterparts, Burns, a replacement crossing for a second half try.
Captain Callum Braley was pleased to get the win, but says that there's still "much more to come" from his charges.
A hat-trick of tries from Nathan Earle, two from Gus Jones, two from James Chisholm and one-apiece from Billy Burns and George Catchpole secured the win while Sam Olver added 16 points with the boot and Burns two.
Olver and Jake McIntyre exchanged early penalties to make it 3-3, Olver's second put England 6-3 up before Earle's first try made it 13-3 after a smart chip through from Aaron Morris.
England's second came from a rolling maul and was touched down by Jones - his fifth England U20 try. And the third was another one for the forwards, Chisholm scoring from the back of a dominant England scrum.
England made a quick start to the second 40 as Earle made a break through for his second and the Saracens wing had his hat-trick a minute later, tracking a quick break from Harry Sloan before flying over.
With the bonus point in the bag, England scored their sixth try through Chisholm who pounced on a loose ball after a grubber through from Olver.
Jones had his second try with 60 on the clock, in not too dissimilar fashion from his first - dotting down a rolling maul.
Replacement No. 10 Burns scored and converted England's eighth try before Catchpole had his first and England's ninth, showing good pace to score out wide.
Captain Callum Braley said: "We're pleased to kick off our tournament with a win - the scoreline doesn't reflect what a physical game that was. Italy came pretty hard at us and we really had to step up - we were a bit more clinical in the second half, and we needed to be.
"We'll learn a lot from this one and look to really push on for our second game against Australia, which we know is going to be a huge match. This tournament is about performing well and getting results, we managed to get the result today but we know that there's much more to come from us from a performance point of view."
England U20 starting XV against Italy
15 Aaron Morris (Bedford Blues)
14 George Catchpole (Leicester Tigers)
13 Nick Tompkins (Saracens)
12 Harry Sloan (Harlequins)
11 Nathan Earle (Saracens)
10 Sam Olver (Northampton Saints)
9 Callum Braley (Bristol Rugby, captain)
1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints)
2 Tom Woolstencroft (Bath Rugby)
3 Paul Hill (Leeds Carnegie)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens)
5 Tom Ellis (Bath Rugby)
6 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby)
7 Gus Jones (London Wasps)
8 James Chisholm (Harlequins)
16 Jack Walker (Leeds Carnegie) on for Maro Itoje 60 min
17 Alex Lundberg (London Wasps) on Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi 66 mins
18 Biyi Alo (Saracens) on for Paul Hill 54 mins
19 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby) on for Tom Ellis 25 mins
20 Joel Conlon (Exeter Cheifs) on for Ross Moriarty 50 mins
21 Henry Taylor (Loughborough University)
22 Billy Burns (Gloucester Rugby) on for Sam Olver 60 mins
23 Henry Purdy (Leicester Rugby) on for Nick Tompkins 50 mins
Having skippered Scotland to a hard fought 25-13 defeat against England at Twickenham on Saturday, Greig Laidlaw spoke of the frustrations of his side doing so many good things and making real progress as a team but still finishing on the wrong end of the scoreline.
GRTV caught up with Neil McCarthy as he was unveiled as the new Head of Academy. The ex-Gloucester front rower is looking forward to getting to work with the vast arrays of talent in the Academy and across Gloucestershire.
Although understandably disappointed to see Northampton snatch a 33-33 draw with a last gasp try on Saturday, Gareth Evans told GRTV after the game that the result shows how far Gloucester have come as a team this season.
Gloucester scrum half Greig Laidlaw spoke to GRTV after the 33-33 draw with Northampton Saints on Saturday, and the Scotsman described how the hosts played some great rugby, but will rue not holding the lead which keeps them in touch with the top seven.
Although Gloucester could take many positives from the 33-33 draw with Northampton Saints on Saturday, centre Bill Meakes admitted it was a strange feeling at the final whistle with Gloucester having probably done enough to win the game.
Speaking after the 33-33 draw with Northampton Saints on Saturday, David Humphreys admitted that he was happy with many aspects of the team's performance but regretted a missed opportunity to defeat the Premiership champions.
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard is relishing his return to the Cherry and White jersey as the hosts take on Aviva Premiership leaders Northampton Saints on Saturday afternoon (ko 3:15pm)
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