BLOODIED Sam Underhill was forced off with a gushing Halloween horror injury as England nailed a 34-5 victory in Italy.
The flanker's face and shirt looked more like a gruesome costume for a seasonal party after he clattered into Edoardo Padovan at the same time England debutant Jonny Hill also whacked the Italian wing.
Sinner Hill picked up a yellow card while innocent Underhill merely earned a new top.
After that shock and gore, England struggled to only a 10-5 interval lead.
But a spirited second-half secured a five-try, bonus-point victory to put pressure on title rivals Ireland in the Six Nations finale away to France.
Scrum-half Ben Youngs celebrated his 100th Red Rose cap by crossing the line twice.
Jamie George bagged a try in his 50th England game and Henry Slade also scored.
But although there were quite a few tricks in the Red Rose build-up play there were not enough treats, considering the number of chances they created.
That left the Irish with more than a ghost of a chance – needing to beat the French by seven points to lift the crown.
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