Six Nations: England beat Italy for the 31st time in a row


The gap may be narrowing, but England’s rugby team increased its hold on Italy from 30 consecutive victories to 31 when it won its Six Nations match 27 – 24 on Saturday in the Stadio Olimpicio in Rome.

The Italians were 17 – 14 ahead at half-time, they finally kept fighting, they scored one three more than England (three against two) and also won a bonus point, but they were not destined to win again.

Perhaps they started too fast in the first half and ran out of energy, which led to many penalties (due to a lack of discipline).

The English, severely weakened by a series of injuries, stuck to their basic game plan. Stifle the visitors in front and behind the advantage line and the battle is halfway won.

They also brought in quite a few newcomers, such as the 20-year-old Chandler Cunningham-South and the 21-year-old Fin Smith.

Another newcomer, Ethan Roots, who was born in New Zealand, was named player of the match. Together with the experienced Maro Itoje, Jamie George, Joe Marler and Ben Earl, they won with typical and almost unimaginative English rugby.

On the other hand, why would you complain if you have 31 straight wins over your opponent?

At the back, full-back Freddie Steward was worth gold at times, while Elliot Daly and Tommy Freeman did good things.

It was not a good game because there were too many mistakes on both sides and a lack of discipline which led to many penalties and two yellow cards.

It cost Italy the most, as English flyhalf George Ford was in the spotlight with five penalties.

After all, there was a lot of pit food on the table for Italy. They are no longer unimaginative and try to stretch the ball wide.

Newcomer coach Gonzalo Quesada can develop this team further and who knows, maybe their losing streak against England will break soon.

Scorers: England 27 (14): Tries: Elliot Daly, Alex Mitchell. Goal kick: George Ford. Penalty goals: Ford (5).

Italy 24 (17): Tries: Alessandro Garbisi, Tommasso Allan, Monty Ioane. Goals: Allan (2), Paulo Garbisi. Penalty: Allan.