Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Second-half salvo seals Saxons success

David Strettle
David Strettle

England Saxons scored four second-half tries to secure a 31-5 victory over Italy A in Treviso.

The Saxons, featuring seven capped players in the match 22 including Melbourne Rebels target Danny Cipriani, trailed 5-0 at the interval.

Shane Geraghty's penalty and a try from Worcester winger Miles Benjamin after David Strettle's break pushed the Saxons ahead by the hour mark.

England's powerful pack earned a penalty try before Saracens full-back Alex Goode and Strettle sealed a second consecutive victory.

The Saxons beat Ireland A 17-13 in Gloucester last weekend.

Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "It was a tough first half. Italy did very well they scored a good try and we needed to break them down. We changed in the second half to a more high-tempo game.

"We've worked hard with this group of players and I'm pleased with the way they came back in the second half."

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