England ground out an uninspiring 20-7 win against Italy at Twickenham on Saturday after leading 14-0 at the break.
After the relative euphoria of the Jonny Wilkinson-led victory against Scotland last weekend, the 82,000 capacity crowd were expecting their side to demolish the Six Nations minnows. However, the World Cup holders never really got going and scored just one try through Jason Robinson minutes before half-time.
The second half was forgettable, with Andrea Scanavacca’s try in the 65th minute putting the Italians on the board.
While Wilkinson contributed 15 points, it was Italian scrumhalf Alessandro Troncon who was named Man of the Match.
England may have two wins from two in the Six Nations, but they are going to have up their game substantially if they want to avoid defeats to France, Ireland and Wales.
England – Try: Jason Robinson. Penalties: Jonny Wilkinson (5).
Italy – Try: Andrea Scanavacca. Conversion: Scanavacca.