Hooker George scores England hat-trick

Duncan Bech
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Jamie George made English rugby history as he became their first hooker to plough over for a Test hat-trick as the European champions pounded Georgia 40-0 in an Autumn Nations Cup mismatch at Twickenham.

George was the beneficiary as the home pack struck repeatedly through their line-out drive, reverting to the tactic time and again as their disappointing attack never left first gear.

The highlight of a dour, scrum-heavy clash was Jonathan Joseph's searing break that led to a 38th-minute try for Elliot Daly, but the moment was also touched by misfortune as the Bath three-quarter sustained an injury and had to be helped off.

It ended a successful start to Joseph's life as an outside centre-turned-wing given licence to roam Twickenham and Eddie Jones must wait to see when he can repeat the experiment.

From start to finish, the afternoon was a grim slog for Georgia as the sport's 12th-ranked side fought hard to limit opportunities while barely ever troubling the home 22 themselves.

Aided by the arrival of heavy rain, they turned the third quarter into an arm-wrestle to stem the flow of points and stop the game turning into a training ground run out for England, who were wearing their navy change kit.

Jack Willis became the first England player to score on his debut since Billy Vunipola in 2013 after crossing in the 15th minute.

Jones will trumpet a job done as he looks to add more silverware to the Six Nations title won a fortnight ago, but his team's six-try procession was often pedestrian, even allowing for the tenacity of opponents who fought to the end.

Georgia have only one victory over a tier one nation in 31 attempts and that record never looked like being improved from the moment they came under sustained early pressure.

They cracked in the 15th minute when Willis showed strength to force his way over.

England's attack remained aimless, though, and the second try once again came from the set-piece as a line-out was driven over the line for George to finish.

And it was a carbon copy when number three was engineered in the 34th minute, the pack driving forward on an unstoppable march until George touched down.

Jones sought to inject fresh impetus by sending on replacements such as Mako Vunipola, Kyle Sinckler and Ben Earl, but with the changes came Georgia's most promising spell.

Once that was subdued, however, England responded with a third line-out try for George as they once again reverted to their greatest strength. Dan Robson dummied and slipped over to complete the rout.