Italy
15 - 46
England
2018/02/04 | 17:00 |  Six Nations | Stadio Olimpico |  Full Time
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Italy England
  • 19' Tommaso Benvenuti
    57' Mattia Bellini
    2 Tries 7 2' Anthony Watson
    10' Anthony Watson
    25' Owen Farrell
    51' Sam Simmonds
    67' George Ford
    74' Sam Simmonds
    76' Jack Nowell
  • 21' Tommaso Allan
    1 Conversions 4 26' Owen Farrell
    52' Owen Farrell
    68' Owen Farrell
    75' Owen Farrell
  • 38' Tommaso Allan
    1 Penalties 1 46' Owen Farrell
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
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  • Red Cards
Commentary
  • 80'

    Danny Care puts boot to ball and sends the ball into touch outside the England 22. That will be the game. Congratulations to England on a well deserved 46-15 bonus point victory over Italy in their round one Six Nations clash which was played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

  • 80'

    FULL TIME: ITALY 15-46 ENGLAND

  • 78'

    Owen Farrell sends the conversion attempt from just outside the Italy 22 against the touchline sailing wide of the poles. The score remains at 46-15 to England.

  • 77'

    TRY, ENGLAND, NOWELL! 15-46: It is raining tries for England in Rome and the defending Six Nations Champions are in for another try as they take play into the Italy 22 before Sam Simmonds receives a long pass on the wing. Jack Nowell receives the pass on the wrap around and dots down for the try in the corner.

  • 75'

    CONVERSION, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 15-41: Owen Farrell keeps his radar going with an accurate conversion from inside the Italy 22. England now lead Italy 41-15 after that converted try from Sam Simmonds.

  • 74'

    TRY, ENGLAND, SIMMONDS! 15-39: England win the ball at the scrum on the Italy 22 and Sam Simmonds joins the line with plenty of pace and receives the pass before he runs through the gap and dots down for his second try of the game. England are dominating the game now as they lead 39-15.

  • 73'

    The scrum goes to ground and the referee asks for a reset. England have another attacking scrum on the Italy 22.

  • 72'

    Italy knock the ball forward on their own 22 and England have the attacking scrum.

  • 71'

    Tommaso Benvenuti makes a vital interception for Italy on the Italy five metre line and races away with the ball before he finds a player in support and gets the pass away. Italy take play just short of halfway but England do well to make the turnover at the breakdown and they send Italy tracking back into the Italy 22 with a kick up field. The chase is on and Italy win the race to the loose ball inside the Italy 22.

  • 69'

    CONVERSION, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 15-34: Owen Farrell has both the distance and the direction as he sends the ball sailing through the poles with the conversion from inside the Italy 22. England are in control of the game as they lead 34-15.

  • 68'

    TRY, ENGLAND, FORD! 15-32: Owen Farrell makes the break for England from the lineout just outside the Italy 22 and exchanges passes with George Ford who dots down for the try for England.

  • 67'

    Sergio Parisse with a good read at the lineout as jumps up and wins the ball against the throw. Tommaso Allan makes the exit kick for Italy with a touch finder just outside the Italy 22. England have the attacking lineout.

  • 66'

    Alessandro Zanni concedes the penalty for Italy for joining the maul from the side on the Italy five metre line. Owen Farrell sets the attacking lineout for England from the penalty with a touch finder on the Italy five metre line.

  • 65'

    Italy concede the penalty for an infringement at the scrum on their own 22 and Owen Farrell sets the attacking lineout from the penalty for England with a touch finder on the Italy five metre line.

  • 63'

    Italy win the ball at the scrum on the England ten metre line. Chris Robshaw gets first to the ball at the breakdown and wins the penalty for England as Italy are blown up for not releasing the ball at the breakdown on the England ten metre line. England are unable to find touch from the penalty but Italy look to play quick and knock the ball forward. England have the attacking scrum on the Italy 22.

  • 62'

    Italy jump up and win the ball at the lineout on halfway and they take play up to the England ten metre line with big carries with ball in hand as the forwards and the backs link up well. England knock the ball forward as they attempt the interception and look to make the turnover and Italy have the attacking scrum on the England ten metre line.

  • 61'

    Tommaso Allan sets the attacking lineout from the penalty for Italy with a touch finder on halfway.

  • 60'

    England running onto the ball with pace and power as Jonathan Joseph goes the direct route and takes the ball into contact. England concede the penalty for not releasing the ball at the breakdown inside the Italy 22.

  • 58'

    Tommaso Allan sends the conversion attempt sailing wide of the poles from just outside the England 22 on the angle. Italy trail England 27-15 and George Ford restarts for England with the drop out from halfway. The ball travels all the way into the Italy 22 and Italy make the clearance kick with a kick up field.

  • 57'

    TRY, ITALY, BELLINI! 15-27: Italy jump up and win the ball at the lineout on the England five metre line. Italy drive towards the line and they are brought down just short. Tommaso Benvenuti makes a good read on attack as he draws in the England defence as switches the direction of play with a long pass over the top of the England defence to Mattia Bellini on the wing. Bellini shows plenty of physicality as he takes Mike Brown over the try line with him and dots down in the corner for the try. Game on!

  • 56'

    England concede the penalty for an infringement inside the England 22 for Courtney Lawes not releasing the ball at the breakdown. Italy are searching for the five pointer from the penalty as they set the attacking lineout with a touch finder on the England five metre line.

  • 55'

    Italy go through the phases as the forward take the ball into contact and make England do the tackling inside the England 22.

  • 53'

    CONVERSION, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 10-27: Owen Farrell has his kicking boots on as he sends the ball sailing through the poles from the conversion inside the Italy 22.

  • 52'

    TRY, ENGLAND, SIMMONDS! 10-25: England jump up and win the ball at the lineout on the Italy 22, the maul disintegrates and Sam Simmonds breaks off the back of the maul. Italy are at sixes and sevens on defence and Simmonds runs all the way to dot down for the try.

  • 51'

    Italy concede the penalty for an infringement at the lineout on halfway and Owen Farrell sets the attacking lineout for England with a touch finder on the Italy 22.

  • 50'

    Danny Care feeds the scrum inside the England 22. Italy concede the penalty for collapsing the scrum and not driving straight and Owen Farrell sets the attacking lineout for England with a touch finder on halfway.

  • 49'

    Italy look to vary their attack with depth to their attack as Mattia Bellini makes the break for Italy and looks to spin out of the tackle. England track back and bring Bellini to ground but Italy draw in the England defence and Tommaso Boni runs hard and straight at the line and receives the pass inside the England 22 as he breaks the tackle and runs through for what looks like a well worked try. The referee in consultation with the TMO rules that the final pass to Boni was forward and England escape with a defensive scrum inside their own 22.

  • 47'

    PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 10-20: Italy concede the penalty for hands in the scrum on the Italy five metre line and Owen Farrell sends the ball sailing through the poles from the penalty kick at poles right underneath the poles.

  • 46'

    England jump up and win the ball at the lineout inside the Italy 22. Anthony Watson runs a good line and joins the attack as first receiver after a well timed flat pass from Danny Care on the Italy five metre line. the pass from Danny Care was forward and Watson knocks the ball forward on the line. Italy have the five metre defensive scrum.

  • 45'

    Italy concede the penalty for joining the ruck at the side on the Italy ten metre line. Owen Farrell sets the attacking lineout for England from the penalty with a touch finder inside the Italy 22.

  • 44'

    Italy win the turnover at the breakdown inside the Italy half and they send England tracking back into their own half with a touch finder inside the England half. England have the lineout.

  • 43'

    Italy win the ball at the scrum on their own ten metre line and test the England back three with an up and under. Jonny May wins the ball in the air just past the England ten metre line.

  • 42'

    Courtney Lawes jumps up and wins the ball at the lineout for England on the Italy ten metre line. Danny Care with good distribution skills as he finds Chris Robshaw with a well timed pass. Sam Simmonds knocks the ball forward and Italy have the defensive scrum on the Italy ten metre line.

  • 41'

    Tommaso Allan gets the second half underway for Italy with a deep kick which travels all the way into the England 22. England gather possession from the restart and drive forward from the rolling maul. Italy concede the penalty for an infringement at the maul just outside the England 22 and Owen Farrell sets the attacking lineout for England with a touch finder on the Italy ten metre line.

  • 40'

    Italy do well to close down the space and force England to knock the ball forward just outside the Italy 22. Italy have the defensive scrum. England concede the free-kick at scrum time and Italy are happy to put boot to ball and find touch. That will be halftime. England lead Italy 17-10 at the break in this round one Six Nations clash at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Stay tuned for the second half which will follow shortly.

  • 40'

    HALF TIME: ITALY 10-17 ENGLAND

  • 38'

    PENALTY, ITALY, ALLAN! 10-17: It looks good and it's over! Tommaso Allan adds the extra three points for Italy with a well taken kick at poles from inside the England 22. Italy trail England 17-10 with 38 minutes played.

  • 37'

    Leonardo Ghiraldini shows plenty of physicality with ball in hand as he takes the ball into contact and is brought to ground just short of the England try line. Mako Vunipola concedes the penalty for hands in the ruck and Tommaso Allan will strike for poles for Italy from the penalty inside the England 22.

  • 36'

    England concede the penalty for an infringement on the England five metre line and Italy tap and go and play quick as they carry the ball into contact and look for the pushover try.

  • 35'

    Mike Brown concedes the penalty for England for a high tackle on his opposite number Matteo Minozzi just inside the England half. Tommaso Allan sets the attacking lineout for Italy from the penalty with a touch finder inside the England 22.

  • 34'

    Italy concede the penalty for an infringement at the breakdown on the England five metre line and Owen Farrell sets the attacking lineout for England from the penalty with a touch finder just short of the England ten metre line.

  • 33'

    Italy jump up and win the ball at the lineout on the England 22 and look to get the rolling maul going. Courtney Lawes and the England forwards do well to drive Italy into touch and England have the defensive lineout on the Italy five metre line.

  • 32'

    Tommaso Allan sets the attacking lineout for Italy from the penalty with a touch finder inside the England 22.

  • 31'

    Leonardo Ghiraldini finds Sergio Parisse with an accurate throw at the lineout outside the England 22. Mako Vunipola with good commitment at the breakdown as he wins the ball at the breakdown for England on the England ten metre line. Italy respnd by winning the ball at the breakdown and England concede the penalty for not releasing the ball at the breakdown.

  • 30'

    Tommaso Allan puts boot to ball and sets the attacking lineout for Italy from the penalty with a touch finder just short of the England 22.

  • 29'

    Ben Te'o brings Mike Brown into play with quick hands on the wing. Brown is brought to ground. England recycle the ball but concede the penalty at the breakdown for Courtney Lawes not releasing the ball at the breakdown and Italy have the penalty inside their own 22.

  • 26'

    CONVERSION, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 7-17: The flags are raised! Owen Farrell sends the ball sailing through the poles from the conversion on the Italy 22. England now lead 17-7.

  • 25'

    TRY, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 7-15: England win the ball at the scrum on the the Italy 22 and Mako Vunipola and Dan Cole exchange passes before Owen Farrell receives the pass and steps inside Matteo Minozzi as he runs through to dot down for the try.

  • 24'

    Italy look to win the turnover at the breakdown on their own 22 but they knock the ball forward and England have the attacking scrum on the Italy 22.

  • 23'

    England pick and go just inside the Italy half and Owen Farrell goes the aerial route with an up and under which travels into the Italy 22. Italy win the ball in the air but England do well to rush up on defence and manage to win the turnover at the breakdown on the Italy 22.

  • 20'

    CONVERSION, ITALY, ALLAN! 7-10: Tommaso Allan converts the try for Italy from just outside the England 22.

  • 19'

    TRY, ITALY, BENVENUTI! 5-10: Italy attack off first phase possession as they win the ball at the scrum on halfway and send the ball wide to wing Mattia Bellini who shows plenty of pace and breaks up field and offloads in the tackle to outside centre Tommaso Boni. Boni is brought to ground inside the England 22. Italy get quick ball and switch the direction of play and Tommaso Benvenuti receives the long pass and dots down for the try in the corner.

  • 18'

    High fives all around for Italy as Parisse and the forwards do well to form a maul and manage to hold the ball up off the ground. The referee awards the turnover to Italy and Italy have the attacking scrum on halfway.

  • 17'

    England jump up and win the ball at the lineout on their own 22 and Italy concede the penalty for collapsing the maul. Owen Farrell sets the attacking lineout for England from the penalty with a touch finder just short of halfway.

  • 16'

    Sebastian Negri combines well with Sergio Parisse as he makes the offload in the tackle just short of the England ten metre line. Italy flyhalf Tommaso Allan sends England tracking back into the England 22 with a touch finder inside the 22. England have the defensive lineout.

  • 14'

    Anthony Watson concedes the penalty for England for tackling the player in the air inside the Italy half. Italy are going for broke from the penalty as they set the attacking lineout with the touch finder outside the England 22.

  • 13'

    Marcello Violi puts in the box kick just inside the Italy half and England win the ball in the air inside their own half as they look to counter attack.

  • 11'

    Owen Farrell sends the conversion attempt from just outside the Italy 22 on the angle wide of the poles. England lead 10-0 after Anthony Watson's second try of the game.

  • 10'

    TRY, ENGLAND, WATSON! 0-10: England scrumhalf Ben Youngs has been taken off on a stretcher after going down injured in the tackle. Danny Care replaces Youngs at scrumhalf. Play resumes with a scrum to England on halfway and from the scrum England wing Jonny May breaks up field and leaves the Italy defence at sixes and sevens and finds Anthony Watson in support who finishes the move in sublime fashion and dots down for his second try of the game.

  • 9'

    Plenty of tactical kicking going on between both teams at the moment as first Mike Brown wins the ball in the air from an up and under from Italy inside the England half. England test the Italy defence with a high ball on the wing which Jonny May chases well but Italy are equal to the task on defence as they win the ball in the air and break up the wing before England track back and manage to bring Italy to ground on halfway.

  • 8'

    Jonny May takes the high ball well after being tested with an up and under just outside the England 22. England respond with an up and under of their own and Matteo Minozzi is in a god position to take the high ball for Italy on the Italy ten metre line.

  • 7'

    Alessandro Zanni takes the ball into contact but he is not held in the tackle as he picks up and goes again before he is brought to ground by England just outside the England 22.

  • 6'

    Italy with good commitment at the breakdown as they force England to commit numbers at the ruck inside the England 22. England clear their lines with a kick up field and Matteo Minozzi takes a god catch under the high ball for Italy on the England ten metre line.

  • 4'

    Inside centre Owen Farrell sees his conversion attempt from just outside the 22 on the angle bounce off the poles and out of play. England lead 5-0 and Italy restart with the drop out on halfway.

  • 3'

    TRY, ENGLAND, WATSON! 0-5: Try time! England strike off the set-piece as they jump up and win the ball at the lineout inside the Italy 22 and England are quick to draw in the Italy defence with sublime quick handling skills as they send the ball wide down the wing and Anthony Watson dots down for the try in the corner.

  • 2'

    Italy concede the penalty for collapsing the scrum on halfway. High fives all around for England at scrum time for forcing Italy to track back. George Ford sets the attacking lineout for England from the penalty with a touch finder inside the Italy 22.

  • 1'

    Referee Mathieu Raynal blows his whistle and George Ford gets the game going for England with a short hanging kick which travels just past the Italy ten metre line. Italy gather possession and carry well. Italy test England under the high ball with the box kick and Mike Brown is forced to knock the ball forward in the air. Italy have the attacking scrum on halfway.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live commentary of this round one Six Nations matchup between Italy and England from Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

  • 0'

    TEAM NEWS, ITALY: Italy head coach Conor O''Shea has named his matchday squad to take on England in their opening Six Nations Test in Rome on Sunday. O''Shea has made seven changes to his starting line-up which faced South Africa in their previous match in Padova last November. In the back-line, Matteo Minozzi comes into the run-on side at full-back in place of Jayden Hayward, who drops down to the bench. Minozzi is joined in the back three by Tommaso Benvenuti, who replaces Angelo Esposito on the right wing, and Mattia Bellini. The final change in the backs sees Tommaso Allan taking over from Carlo Canna at fly-half. Allan is joined in the halfbacks by scrum-half Marcello Violi while Tommaso Boni and Tommaso Castello are the centre pairing. In the forwards, veteran number eight Sergio Parisse captains the side in his 130th Test and he is joined in the back row by Renato Giammarioli and Sebastian Negri, who replace Abraham Steyn and Giovanni Licata as the flankers. The final changes are in the second row where Alessandro Zanni takes over from Marco Fuser and in the front row where Leonardo Ghiraldini is preferred to Luca Bigi at hooker.

  • 0'

    TEAM NEWS, ENGLAND: England head coach Eddie Jones has named his matchday squad for their Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome on Sunday. Ben Te?o will partner Owen Farrell in the centres after nearly a year?s absence from the England side. Dylan Hartley captains an experienced side with 689 caps across the starting XV in what will be his 90th Test for England. Sam Simmonds starts at number eight for his fourth cap while fellow club mate Alec Hepburn could make his England debut having been named as a finisher. Ben Youngs will start his 56th Test match overtaking Matt Dawson?s record of most starts for an England halfback while Danny Care will equal Dawson for most caps as scrum half (77) if the finisher plays a role in the match.

  • 0'

    STARTING TEAM, ITALY: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Tommaso Benvenuti, 13 Tommaso Boni, 12 Tommaso Castello, 11 Mattia Bellini, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Marcello Violi, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Renato Giammarioli, 6 Sebastian Negri, 5 Dean Budd, 4 Alessandro Zanni, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Andrea Lovotti Replacements: 16 Luca Bigi, 17 Nicola Quaglio, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 George Biagi, 20 Maxime Mbanda?, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Carlo Canna, 23 Jayden Hayward

  • 0'

    STARTING TEAM, ENGLAND: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Ben Te?o, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Chris Robshaw, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Maro Itoje, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 1 Mako Vunipola Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Harry Williams, 19 George Kruis, 20 Sam Underhill, 21 Danny Care, 22 Jonathan Joseph, 23 Jack Nowell.

  • 0'

    England head to Rome looking to lay down a marker for the Six Nations as they attempt to make it three titles in a row having won the 2016 and 2017 Six Nations.

  • 0'

    Italy finished the 2017 Six Nations in last position in sixth place on the table with not a single point collected from five matches played which included five defeats on the trot.

  • 0'

    The most recent match between Italy and England was a Six Nations clash at Twickenham Stadium in London in 2017 and on that occasion England beat Italy 36-15.

  • 0'

    Italy head into this Six Nations clash against England on a miserable run of form following a 31-15 defeat to Argentina and a 35-6 defeat against South Africa in November.

  • 0'

    England head into this Six Nations clash against Italy on a fine run of form following an impressive 30-6 victory over Australia at Twickenham Stadium in London in November which was followed a week later with an equally impressive 48-14 victory over Samoa in their final match of the year at the same venue.

  • 0'

    England currently sit in second position on the World Rugby rankings with 90.87 points while Italy find themselves in fourteenth position on the rankings with 71.25 points.

  • 0'

    WEATHER: Grey skies welcome the teams onto the field. The stage is set for plenty of big hits, well timed offloads and accurate side steps in this Six Nations clash between Italy and England from the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

  • 0'

    Mathieu Raynal is our referee. Jérôme Garcès and Nic Berry will assist him. Our TMO is Glenn Newman.

  • 0'

    Since first participating in the Six Nations in 2000, Italy have finished bottom of the table on 12 occasions.

  • 0'

    Italy and England make their way onto the field in front of a vocal and passionate crowd at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

  • 0'

    England stand side by side and embrace the atmosphere as the national anthem of England is performed.

  • 0'

    The crowd rise and the Stadio Olimpico comes to life as the national anthem of Italy is performed. The Italy players stare into the crowd and show plenty of passion. We await referee Mathieu Raynal to get the game underway.

Team Line-ups
Italy England
  • Andrea Lovotti
  • Leonardo Ghiraldini
  • Simone Ferrari
  • Alessandro Zanni
  • Dean Budd
  • Sebastian Negri
  • Renato Giammarioli
  • Sergio Parisse
  • Marcello Violi
  • Tommaso Allan
  • Mattia Bellini
  • Tommaso Castello
  • Tommaso Boni
  • Tommaso Benvenuti
  • Matteo Minozzi
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Mako Vunipola
  • Dylan Hartley
  • Dan Cole
  • Joe Launchbury
  • Maro Itoje
  • Courtney Lawes
  • Chris Robshaw
  • Sam Simmonds
  • Ben Youngs
  • George Ford
  • Jonny May
  • Owen Farrell
  • Ben Te'o
  • Anthony Watson
  • Mike Brown
Substitutions
  • Luca Bigi
  • Nicola Quaglio
  • Tizano Pasquali
  • George Biagi
  • Maxime Mbanda
  • Edoardo Gori
  • Carlo Canna
  • Jayden Hayward
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Jamie George
  • Alec Hepburn
  • Harry Williams
  • George Kruis
  • Sam Underhill
  • Danny Care
  • Jonathan Joseph
  • Jack Nowell

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