Scare for Poms in Rome

England trailed Italy 9-7 in Rome after 46 minutes, but kept calm to emerge 31-16 victors and keep their hopes of a Grand Slam alive.

Mike Tindall’s solo effort in the 26th minute looked set to herald the expected English onslaught of points, but 20 minutes later they found themselves two points behind.

Two drop-goals from flyhalf Pez gave the hosts the lead, but 15 minutes later it was back to the script as Charlie Hodgson had added 10 points through a penalty and converted try.

Outside backs Mark Cueto, James Simpson-Daniel and Mirco Bergamasco all dotted down late on.

SCORERS

Italy

Try: M Bergamasco
Con: R Pez
Pen: Pez
Drops: Pez 2

England

Tries: M Tindall, C Hodgson, M Cueto, J Simpson-Daniel
Cons: Hodgson 4
Pen: Hodgson