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England v Italy - story of the match

England avoided the biggest upset in RBS 6 Nations history by beating Italy 36-15 at Twickenham for a 17th successive Test win.

Italy led 10-5 at half-time - for only the second time against England - but tries from Danny Care and Elliot Daly turned the momentum in the hosts' favour.

Michele Campagnaro scored to make it 17-15 with 19 minutes to go, but two Jack Nowell scores and one from Ben Te'o saw England finish with six tries in a scarcely-deserved bonus-point victory.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Having been coached by Eddie Jones, I'd love to b a fly on the wall in the change rooms at half time..." - Former Australia back Matt Giteau (‏@giteau_rugby) was intrigued by head coach Eddie Jones' reaction to England's first-half display.

STAR MAN

Joe Launchbury. Amid the mediocrity, another bulldozing display from the Wasps lock further boosted his Lions hopes.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Italy's scrum crumpled under England pressure and Care took a quick tap-penalty before scampering into the corner, turning the momentum in England's favour four minutes into the second half. Moments later Daly went over for England's third of six tries.

ASK THE REF

At 5-0 with 30 minutes elapsed, England's frustration at Italy refusing to contest the ruck - meaning no offside line is formed - grew. Flanker James Haskell asked referee Romain Poite: "What do we need to do to make it a ruck?" The official replied: "I can't say. I am a referee not a coach." The chaos caused confusion for Jones' men who, for once, were outsmarted. There were big cheers when Nathan Hughes played Italy at their own game in the second half.

PLAYER RATINGS

England

Mike Brown: 5

Jonny May: 5

Ben Te'o: 6

Owen Farrell: 4

Elliot Daly: 7

George Ford: 6

Danny Care: 6

Joe Marler: 6

Dylan Hartley: 5

Dan Cole: 6

Joe Launchbury: 8

Courtney Lawes: 6

Maro Itoje: 7

James Haskell: 6

Nathan Hughes: 6

Replacements

Ben Youngs, Mako Vunipola, Jack Nowell, Kyle Sinckler, Henry Slade, Jamie George: 8

WHO'S UP NEXT

England v Scotland (Saturday, March 11)

Italy v France (Saturday, March 11)

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