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England shows no love for Italy as they march on in the RBS 6 Nations
Many of you had a tough decision to make today, enjoy a romantic filled Valentine’s afternoon with your loved one or watch your beloved England. Tough choice, but if you were one of the lucky ones who watched them take on Italy in Rome you wouldn’t have been disappointed with a 9-40 win for the England boys.
Few had predicted a dominating performance and after the first half many were questioning would this happen? Italy looked strong and matched England for 40 minutes but like last week’s game against Scotland, Eddie Jones’ team came out more controlled and stronger in the second half.
Try’s from George Ford, hat-trick hero Jonathan Joseph and Owen Farrell with added conversions ensured England went on to dominate and record back to back wins in the 2016 RBS 6 Nations.
England will be pleased with the win; however there are areas to improve on. The attendance of the breakdown and the accuracy of the lineouts as a starter. Captain Dylan Hartley said after the game “We’ve got high standards so there is stuff to work on, particularly in the ruck where we need to tidy up.” If Jones can work on this with the team than they have potential to kick on even further. What was also pleasing was the impact of the subs and the glimpse into the future with debut’s for the highly rated Maro Itoje and Paul Hill.
The RBS 6 Nations takes a short break now with England returning back to Twickenham for the visit of Ireland 27th Feb. The players will all be welcoming the chance to re-charge the batteries and come again to continue the challenge for Triple Crown glory.
What was your highlight of the RBS 6 Nations Weekend? Let us know in the comments.