England vs Italy
Saturday 14th February 2015
Italy surprisingly scored the first points of the match on 4 minutes. Luca Morisi burst out of 3 tackles and paced away. It was then worked wide to Sergio Parisse who dummied Mike Brown and bundled over. Captain Fantastic! Italy suddenly broke through again when Kerry Haimona chipped over the top. Andrea Masi collected and as Mike Brown contested for the ball his head collided with Masi’s shoulder. He was immediately knocked out cold. It took 7 minutes but he was eventually stretchered off the field. Ford slotted a penalty before he turned down another chance and put it into the corner. Billy Vunipola peeled off the back of the maul and was driven over by James Haskell. TMO was used to see what the option would be, lineout or 22 metre drop out. However the try was awarded! A rather unexpected but fair decision gave England their first try of the day. Some great rucking from Joe Marler set Jonathan Joseph up with an attacking platform. Joseph received the ball on halfway and used his twinkle toes (like last week) to skip away from Haimona and Leonardo Sarto to score a sensational try.
HALF TIME ENGLAND 15 – 5 ITALY
Ford slotted a penalty before he collected the ball on halfway. George Ford then cleared high to Leonardo Sarto. The Italian chipped over the top of Jonny May then spun the ball quickly out Luca Morisi who was just caught by Anthony Watson. However, he was not held and got back up to finish a fabulous try. When England were held up over the line, there was a scrum. From the scrum, England earned the penalty. Ben Youngs took the quick tap and dived over for a clever score. Ford hit another penalty before he delayed a pass nicely to Billy Twelvetrees who miss passed the ball out to Joseph. Jonathan Joseph was yet again speeding away from Kerry Haimona to score his second try of the match. A wild pass from Italy gave Jonny May the space. He stepped Haimona then fed a lovely offload back inside to Danny Cipriani who scored. What a return and, it wasn’t just him making a great return, so did Nick Easter. He had the ball at the back of a maul and managed to get the ball down for yet another England try. Giulio Bisegni cut through the England defence but was tackled just short of the line. Tommy Allan’s sensational hands set Luca Morisi up for his second score of the match. However it would not make a difference as Italy still went home without a victory in this years Six Nations.
FULL TIME ENGLAND 47 – 17 ITALY
England vs Italy