- England - Tries: Breach 2, Davies, Hunter, Bern, Packer, Cornborough, Scott, Fleetwood Cons: Harrison, Daley-Mclean 4
- Italy - No score
The Red Roses remain on course for a Grand Slam in the Women’s Six Nations after a bonus-point 55-0 win over Italy in front of a record 10,545 attendance at Sandy Park in Exeter.
Having beaten Ireland, France and Wales with a try-scoring bonus-points in the competition, England made it four wins from four in blustery conditions in Devon.
It was a tight game in the opening stages until wing Jess Breach dived over in the corner after 12 minutes, while a driving maul from a lineout set the platform for hooker Lark Davies to dot down.
An initial break by Marlie Packer saw her go close to the line before captain Sarah Hunter powered over from close range with a pick and drive for a 21-0 half-time lead.
The bonus-point was secured a minute into the second half as Sarah Bern burst down the blindside off a set piece lineout move and broke through three tackles to cross.
Hunter's break from the back of the scrum set up Packer for an easy score and it was another superbly-controlled driving maul that saw Vickii Cornborough go over.
The ball was spun to the right wing for England's seventh as Breach showed smart footwork and strength to beat the defender - her seventh try of the tournament.
Another well-worked rolling maul saw lock Abbie Scott at the back of the drive to cross, and with time dead Vicky Fleetwood rounded off England's phase play by diving under the posts for the ninth and final score.
At the home of Gallagher Premiership side Exeter Chiefs, England knew before kick-off they had already achieved a record number of tickets sold for a Red Roses game outside of a World Cup match.
After a close-to-sell-out 4,674 fans turned out at Doncaster’s Castle Park for the victory over France in round two, this was another impressive attendance for those who wanted to come and watch the Red Roses in action with 10,545 turning up.
The record attendance for a women’s match in England is the 13,253 that were in attendance for the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup final between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stoop.
The next chance to watch the Red Roses in action is at Twickenham Stadium when they face Scotland in the final round hoping to achieve a Grand Slam – entry is free following the conclusion of the men’s game against Scotland.
"We couldn't ask for better support today," said captain Hunter.
"We've been working a lot on how we wanted to turn up today and really put on a performance. We didn't have it all our own way today; Italy are a very good side and they showed it today, they kept coming at us.
"The Six Nations is a journey and we have put ourselves in with a good shot next weekend going for the Grand Glam and we are proud of that."
15. Sarah McKenna, 14. Jess Breach, 13. Emily Scarratt, 12. Zoe Harrison, 11. Kelly Smith, 10. Katy Daley-Mclean, 9. Leanne Riley; 1. Vickii Cornborough , 2. Lark Davis, 3. Sarah Bern, 4. Catherine O’Donnell, 5. Abbie Scott, 6. Sarah Beckett, 7. Marlie Packer, 8. Sarah Hunter.
Replacements: 16. Vicky Fleetwood, 17. Hannah Botterman, 18. Shaunagh Brown, 19. Poppy Cleall, 20. Jo Brown, 21. Natasha Hunt, 22. Rachael Burford, 23. Emily Scott.
15. Manuela Furlan, 14. Aura Muzzo, 13. Michela Sillari, 12. Jessica Busato, 11. Sofia Stefan, 10. Beatrice Rigoni, 9. Sara Barattin; 8. Elisa Giordano, 7. Giada Franco, 6. Ilaria Arrighetti, 5. Giordana Duca, 4. Valentina Ruzza, 3. Lucia Gai, 2. Melissa Bettoni, 1. Gaia Giacomoli.
Replacements: 16. Lucia Cammarano, 17. Silvia Turani, 18. Sara Tounesi, 19. Valeria Fedrighi, 20. Francesca Sberna, 21. Francesca Sgorbini, 22. Maria Magatti, 23. Camilla Sarasso.
England Women 2019 Six Nations
Ireland 7-51 England
England 41-26 France
Wales 12-51 England
England 55-0 Italy
England v Scotland
Saturday 16 March, KO 7.30pm - live on Sky Sports