Mark Cueto and Chris Ashton scored a hat-trick of tries apiece as England romped to a landslide 10-try victory over Romania at the Otago Stadium and remain on course to qualify for the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Further tries from Ben Foden and Ben Youngs, Manu Tuilagi and Tom Croft gave England a second successive bonus-point win, thereby ensuring Martin Johnson’s side will be guaranteed a place in the knock-out stages if Argentina fail to beat Scotland on Sunday.
Victory over Scotland in Auckland next Saturday, meanwhile, would ensure England qualify as winners of pool B and set up a likely quarter-final with France.
England, featuring seven changes from the side that defeated Georgia, were so overwhelming superior to what was largely a second-string Romania side that at one stage Johnson’s men looked on course to repeat the 134-0 scoreline from their last meeting, at Twickenham in 2001.
As it was, apart from a brief spell either side of half-time when England were again guilty of conceding a rash of penalties, one of which was converted by Marin Danut Dumbrava, the contest was a complete whitewash, little more than a glorified training run.