England 18 - 11 Italy

Match info: Six Nations at Twickenham

Date: 10/03/2013 KO: 15:00 Att: 81,458

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

England

PenaltiesFlood (4, 16, 38, 40, 43, 62)

18
vs
11

Italy

TriesMcLean (49)PenaltiesOrquera (19, 48)

FT (ht: 12-3)

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  • England 18 Italy 11

  • England win the contest but what an effort that was from Italy. They came given no hope from the so-called experts but were more than a match for the Grand Slam-hunting English, who go to Wales knowing that a win would mean a Six Nations clean sweep. Credit to Italy today, they were immense.

    80
  • The man-of-the-match is Andrea Masi but will he be on the winning or losing team?

    79
  • Flood clears from inside his in-goal area but it doesn't make much ground so Italy are set to throw in. However, that is a fantastic steal in the line-out from Lawes and England can soon breathe easy.

    78
  • Italy spill possession so it's an English scrum five metres from their own line. Pressure is coming!

    76
  • Tension galore at Twickenham as Masi and then Venditti go close, with Italy camped on the English try-line. No one was expecting such a close game today but boy do we have one. Can Italy do this?

    75
  • Still Italy have it, edging ever further into the English half. Remember, the Azzurri are only seven points down so a converted try would be good news for Wales, who England face in Cardiff next week.

    73
  • England will feel a whole lot better as Flood runs hard for a possible gap just inside the Italian half. That break has the Azzurri on the back foot but not for long as McLean races back to halfway!

    70
  • Well they have some defending to do first as McLean surges down the left wing, ghosting past Ashton. That results in Italy being driven into touch in the English 22 but more worrying signs for the hosts.

    68
  • Barritt is the next Englishman to be replaced as Billy Twelvetrees emerges for the final fourteen or so minutes. Maybe his presence can fire the backline as B Youngs puts in on his own ten-metre line.

    66
  • McLean puts in a decent grubber to the corner but it gives possession back to England on their own line. However if they can apply pressure on the Youngs throw-in they may find some joy very soon.

    64
  • FLOOD PENALTY! 18-11! He makes no mistake for a six from six record so far today.

    61
  • Here comes Marler now with England in possession on the Italian 22. Youngs feeds another replacement, Lawes, before Brown takes it in. England have a penalty advantage but are hunting a try right now.

    59
  • Joe Marler and Ben Youngs come on for Vunipola and Care while Gori goes for Tobias Botes.

    57
  • Back come England now and the home crowd rises to their increase in tempo. Barritt takes it to ground on the Italian 22 but the ball is ultimately stolen and hacked downfield to Goode. Net result, Italy line-out 30 from the English line, with full-back Goode struggling with an ankle problem right now.

    56
  • He pushes this one to the right of the uprights so it remains 15-11 at Twickenham.

    54
  • What about this from Italy as Venditti enjoys a powerful surge down the right wing, brushing off Brown on his way to the English ten-metre. It leads to a penalty too as Flood lectures the squad.

    53
  • So we have a real game on our hands here after that score and England react by sending on Tom Croft for Haskell. The camera pans to Graham Rowntree and Lancaster who look rather worried in the stands.

    50
  • He misses the extras.

    49
  • MCLEAN TRY! 15-11! Well well. Italy have scored after a shocking error from Care, who sliced a ball behind him, and from that Italy kicked wide to the waiting McLean. A tough conversion to come...

    48

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