Italy vs England
Jonathan Joseph's second half hat-trick sealed the win at the Stadio Olimpico. Getty

Jonathan Joseph scored a hat-trick as England recovered from a quiet first half to seal a dominant victory over Italy in their Six Nations clash.

Eddie Jones' side move top of the table after the opening two rounds thanks to their superior points tally. With George Ford and Owen Farrell also registering tries in Rome.

A rather messy opening to the contest saw both sides register penalties before Ford was picked out on the wing by Farrell after neat interplay from Billy Vunipola and Ben Youngs.

Italy remained in touching distance however with Carlo Canna converting three penalties to ensure they trailed by just two points at half time. Canna missed the chance to put his side ahead early in the second half and was made to rue that miss when Leonardo Sarto's poor pass was intercepted by Joseph, breaking free to score his first of the afternoon.

Maro Itoje and Paul Hill both came off the bench to make their international debuts as England now began to move through the gears and Joseph soon grabbed his second after collecting a clever grubber from Dany Care.

The Bath centre saved the best until last, brushing past a series of tackles to cross over the line and seal his hat-trick, before Farrell added another against the weary Azzurri after an exquisite lay off from Jamie George.

England remain unbeaten under Jones but face sterner tests against Ireland in two weeks and Wales in March.