England romp to an easy win over Italy in front of a sell-out crowd to complete a perfect autumn international series

Abby Dow scores the fourth try of the afternoon (PA Images)
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The Red Roses have completed a flawless run in the autumn internationals with an emphatic win over Italy in front of a sell-out crowd in Bedford.

The match ended 60-3 with England scoring ten tries to thrill the 5,000 fans looking on.

Captain Sarah Hunter equalled Jason Leonard's haul of 119 England caps while Natasha Hunt won her 50th.

Abby Dow, Heather Kerr, Poppy Cleall and Vicky Fleetwood all scored tries in the first half and despite Emily Scarratt missing three of the four conversions the women in white were 22-3 ahead at half-time.

Italy win a line out - one of their rare successes during the hefty defeat (PA Images)

After the interval The Roses continued where they left off. Scarratt went over the line in 49th minute and added the conversion which made an Italian comeback unlikely.

The turning point of the match came when Italy's number 20 was shown a yellow card and England capitalised with Kerr going over once again.

Amy Cokayne, Rownita Marston, Sarah Bern and a penalty try sealed the win, with England's Hannah Botterman receiving the player of the match award.

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It meant England had a perfect autumn series with three wins from three matches.

They beat France twice, once away from home and they claimed the win when France travelled to Exeter.

The next tournament for the Roses is the Six Nations in February.