Autumn international: England 48-14 Samoa
|England (22) 48|
|Tries: Brown, Lozowski, Ewels, Daly 2, Slade, Rokoduguni Cons: Ford 5 Pens: Ford|
|Samoa (7) 14|
|Tries: Faasalele, Vui Cons: Nanai-Williams 2|
England made it three wins out of three this autumn with another late flurry of tries against Samoa.
Full-back Mike Brown and centre Alex Lozowski went over early on with Piula Faasalele replying for the visitors at Twickenham.
Charlie Ewels added England's third try but attacks frequently stalled because of errors and breakdown infringements.
But Elliot Daly (two), Henry Slade and Semesa Rokoduguni crossed in the second half with Chris Vui scoring for Samoa.
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Eddie Jones' side scored three tries in the final eight minutes of last Saturday's 30-6 victory over Australia to make the scoreline look misleadingly comfortable after a highly competitive contest.
While the final result was never in doubt against Samoa, the late scores did again add a flattering gloss to a performance Jones described as "muddling".
Leading 22-7 at the break, England went scoreless in the third quarter as the handling errors mounted and Samoa began to dominate the breakdown, with the hosts penalised twice within two minutes for not releasing when in attacking positions.
Daly cut inside off the left wing from George Ford's popped pass just after the hour mark to get the scoreboard moving again and the gaps in the Samoan defence began to open up when Faasalele was sin-binned for going off his feet.
Slade strolled over from replacement scrum-half Ben Youngs' fizzing flat pass while Daly again jinked inside from the wing for his second score, leaving five men grasping at thin air as he swivelled his hips and sprinted clear.
Rokoduguni brought up England's largest total in eight internationals against Samoa with his side's seventh try after the clock ticked past 80 minutes.
Before the fast finish, a swift start
While relentless rain made handling difficult against Australia a week ago, the crisp and clear conditions on Saturday made it a perfect stage for running rugby and England began on the front foot.
Centre pairing Lozowski and Slade linked up within 30 seconds to punch a hole in the Samoan midfield and get into the 22. After the ball was recycled, Maro Itoje picked up at the breakdown and set up Brown - returning after missing the Australia game with a concussion - with the score confirmed after the TMO checked a possible Danny Care knock-on.
Samoan fly-half Tim Nanai-Williams had a difficult first half and when he dropped a routine high ball, hooker Jamie George - making his first start in his 20th international appearance - sent Lozowski over.
England second row Charlie Ewels made a similar error at the restart and although Sale flanker TJ Ioane was held up, Faasalele was able to burrow over under the posts in the next attack.
Following a Ford penalty which stretched the lead to 15-7, Ewels atoned with a try of his own with the impressive George - chosen ahead of usual captain Dylan Hartley - again the provider.
The hosts created plenty of good positions but seven first-half handling errors meant they were not always able to capitalise.
Another mistake meant England spurned seven points early in the second period. Brown's break up the middle created a two-on-one but Lozowski's flicked pass was just a tad too far behind Care who could not collect when he would have been able to run in unopposed.
George shines at hooker
Periods of disjointedness were perhaps understandable given this was a side featuring nine changes from the win over Australia, with Hartley out of the England starting XV for the first time under Jones.
His replacement, George, who was first choice for the Lions in New Zealand this summer, made 11 carries in 64 minutes on the pitch as well as creating two of England's first-half tries.
With regular kicker Owen Farrell rested, Ford made six of his eight attempts, although his missed conversion following Lozowski's try was badly miscued.
The victory makes it 22 wins out of 23 for England under Jones, with Argentina beaten 21-8 in the opening match of this year's autumn series.
It is on to the 2018 Six Nations next with England beginning their defence of the title against Italy in Rome on Sunday, 4 February.
For Samoa, it completes a miserable 2017. All seven of their international matches have been lost and the Samoan Rugby Union (SRU) was declared bankrupt by prime minister and SRU chairman Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi earlier this month.
They were predictably ferocious in the tackle and Vui's score in the corner when down to 14 men was deserved reward for their effort in disrupting England before tiring in the latter stages.
England head coach Eddie Jones said: "We started well but got seduced by the perceived easiness of the match and stopped doing the small things well and got pulled back before finishing it off.
"Elliot Daly was superb. George Ford controlled the game well at 10 and Sam Simmonds did pretty well on his first start.
"We've got a hell of a lot of work to do. We don't have the consistency yet but we've got two years to put that right."
Man of the match - Elliot Daly
Former England fly-half Paul Grayson
That last 10 minutes just showed that if you keep it simple and secure, England have the ability to break them down. The middle part of the game was a bit frustrating and disjointed and Samoa put up a good fight.
Not enough dissection and organisation from England for me after that opening quarter. Some of the breakdown work was sloppy at best but 48 points and the sheer number of tries with England operating at 60% shows just how good they can be.
England: Brown; May, Slade, Lozowski, Daly; Ford, Care; Genge, George, Cole; Launchbury, Ewels; Itoje, Robshaw (C), Simmonds
Replacements: Hartley, Marler, Williams, Isiekwe, Lawes, Youngs, Francis, Rokoduguni.
Samoa: Tuala, Perez, Fonotia, Leiua, Lemi; Nanai-Williams, Polataivao; Jordan Lay, Matu'u, Brighouse; Tyrell, Vui; Faasalele, Ioane, Lam.
Replacements: Leiataua, Jay Lay, Sasagi, Lemalu, Treviranus, Matavao, Lee-Lo, Taulagi.
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Touch judges: Nigel Owens (Wales) & Wayne Davies (Wales)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)