With the stands empty, all the pressure was on the players to give an entertaining performance to make up for the lack of atmosphere in South-West London and that they did.

Eddie Jones’ side were dominant in their opening Quilter International as part of the Autumn Nations Cup.

In their first Twickenham outing since 7 March it took the hosts 15 minutes to resume normal practice, with Jack Willis muscling over the line. In doing so he became the ninth England forward to score on debut in the professional era. Owen Farrell’s conversion was successful.

Georgia lived up to their physical billing, establishing a comfort with conflict that disrupted England’s unstructured attack throughout the opening quarter, but had little success with ball in hand.

Powerful rolling mauls were the catalysts behind England’s second and third scores; one on the half hour mark and the other three minutes later. Both were scored by Jamie George, and one converted by Farrell for a 19-0 lead.

Then three minutes from half-time, a moment of Jonathan Joseph brilliance saw him glide through the Georgian defence on an outside arc. 

He then squared up the final defender and set Elliot Daly up to score England’s fourth. Farrell’s extras made it 26-0 at the break.

That momentum didn’t carry into the early stages of the second half as both sides jostled for territory, but its combative nature continued. As did George’s try-scoring exploits – the hooker dotting down for a third identical try – in doing so he became the first England men’s hooker to score a hat-trick.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, a snipe at the base of a one metre ruck saw replacement scrum-half Dan Robson slide over, and on his 25th Test as England captain, Farrell slotted the conversion taking his personal tally to 10 points.

The win was England’s first clean sheet at Twickenham since beating Canada 70-0 in 2004. England have now won 26 of their last 29 home games.

The full-time scaore was England 40, Georgia 0 in the Autumn Nations Cup mismatch at Twickenham.

England are now top of their Autumn Nations Cup pool and have two more group games against Ireland and Wales before facing a yet-to-be-determined opponent from Pool B to decide final placings.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, England head coach Eddie Jones said: “Georgia obviously came out and wanted to play a certain way, and we wanted to prove a point that they wouldn’t be able to out-scrum us.

“When you play in these conditions it is enormously important and if you get an opportunity to keep the ball, it’s a way of scoring tries.

“Ireland will come here with a plan. The last few games we have probably had the edge so they will be motivated to change that.”

England debutant Jack Willis told BBC Radio 5 Live: “It is something I have dreamed of since I was a young lad. To get this opportunity is something I will always be grateful for.

“Eddie has been great since I have been in camp and this is a group that is building. I’m lucky to be a part of it. I loved every second of it and hopefully I can get another chance soon.

“There are some incredible players in the back row and it’s a job for me to try and break into that group.”


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