It was a win for England, but not a convincing one. After last week's display against Wales, Italy should have been a more reasonable proposal for England. Italy were showing handling errors, positional errors - and England should have been all over them. Unfortunately, England's ball handling left a lot to be desired and they simply could not take advantage as they should have done. The game was one of aerial tennis, without direction to the kicks. Possession seemed to be kicked away without many serious efforts to chase it down and put pressure on the receiver, or to kick for touch to gain territory. It was kicking without purpose. Johnny Wilkinson's kicking in particular wasn't up to its usual standard - he missed kicks which seemed of a difficulty level that on any other day he would have found easy. Frankly, it was all a bit dull and not a good advert for the tournament.
The final score was 17-12, and with no bonus points on offer in the six nations, that's good enough.
The tournament continues in two weeks time. On Friday 26th, at 8pm, Wales play France, then on Saturday at 1:30pm, it's Italy vs. Scotland. This is followed by the Millennium Trophy match of England vs. Ireland.
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We watched the England game at Adams Park, shortly followed by the Guinness Premiership game of Wasps vs Sale. This was spookily similar in shape - a win for my team, Wasps, but there were handling errors which really should not have happened for a team of such calibre. There were fewer 'interesting' kicking decisions than England, but they still existied. Varndell had some good moments, and was responsible for a high kick which saw him streaking down the field after the ball
The score was 22-16 in favour of Wasps, thus Sale received a bonus point.
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