England vs Italy 2018 NatWest 6 Nations.
The 2018 NatWest 6 Nations is an annual international rugby union competition between the teams of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.
WMG massively enjoyed watching England face Italy in their first games of the tournament at the Stadio Olympico, Rome. The National rugby union teams, England and Italy have been playing each other in test rugby since 1991, and by February 2018, they had met in 24 test matches, all of which have been won by England. Italy will be looking for revenge.
The defending champions, who are looking for an unprecedented third title in a row, raced to a 10-point lead but were made to work hard by Italy, who were impressive with their attacking intent but ultimately ran out of steam against the England juggernaut in the last quarter.
England knew where they wanted to attack, exploiting hesitation and slight unfamiliarity down that left Italian flank. Once again it was May and Watson double-act that did the damage, the Leicester wing sweeping round to put his Bath team-mate away . There was still plenty of work to do for Watson which he did, a rom-rod hand-off on Thommaso Boni, sending the centre to the turf and enabling the England right wing to streak to the corner. It was authoritative and clinical.
Italy struck back after a great switch of play following a move down the left culminated in a teasing ball over the top which Tommaso Benvenuti duly finished off.
England furthered their lead almost immediately however, as Owen Farrell drove through the middle of Italy’s defence to score the third try.
Sam Simmonds grabbed his first try on his Six Nations debut after the break, before Italy replied with their own try through Mattia Bellini, before then having another try disallowed.
England scored seven tries – three in the last 15 minutes – with Anthony Watson and Sam Simmonds getting two tries each and Owen Farrell, George Ford and Jack Nowell also going over. Farrell had an off day with the boot, kicking just four conversions and a penalty. England were too much for their Italian counterparts and sealed the win 46-15 in Rome.
Italy’s next fixture of the tournament will be on Saturday 10th when they face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, who beat France (15-13) on Friday at the Stade de France.
England’s next fixture is England vs Wales at Twickenham on Saturday, after Wales thrashed Scotland 34-7 at the Principality Stadium.