chris ashton englandEngland racked up their best win in the Six Nations since hammering Italy 80-23 in 2001. It was England’s biggest win in all games since they beat Wales 62-5 in August 2007, the last time they hit a half century of points. It was also their equal second best points tally against Italy ever

. Ashton has already equalled the record of six tries in one Six Nations campaign, held by Shane Williams and Will Greenwood. The Championship record is eight in a tournament from Cyril Lowe (England) and Ian Smith (Scotland)


Ben Foden 70

Compared to his room mate Chris Ashton he was quiet, but made a couple of good breaks. Is settling into the No 15 shirt very well.

Chris Ashton 98

Well, apart from doing what Josh Lewsey did in 2003 and score five tries what more could Ashton do? Almost perfect and we love the diving!

Mike Tindall 74

Has stepped into the captaincy with aplomb, got his try and ensured the defensive line was quicker and more effective.

Shontayne Hape 65

Didn’t miss a man all day and is starting to get his off-load game going.

Mark Cueto 75

At last! His first try in 19 games for a man who is in the form of his life. Great in defence and a big threat in attack.

Toby Flood 82

If he has any doubters now they must be mad. He is now everything that England want from an outside-half.

Ben Youngs 75

Made the first try and no mistakes on another good day for the young man from Leicester. Pack on the front foot helped hugely but he is very quick

Alex Corbisiero 69

Remarkable that he could step in at such short notice and play such an accomplished game. Did his job superbly.

Dylan Hartley 69

Lineout was good but it always has been. Please give him a game plan that allows him to get his hands on the ball more often

Dan Cole 75

Now that’s more like it! Did all his jobs around the field including a good scrimmaging performance against one of the most experienced props in world and he carried!.

Louis Deacon 61

Devastated to be replaced in the 46th minute. I know it is not his game but if he is going to stop Courtney Lawes waltzing back in he must gets his hands on the ball more.

Tom Palmer 72

Dominant at lineout time but we didn’t see him around the field enough.

Tom Wood 76

Superb at the breakdown and in defence. England really have discovered a gem here.

James Haskell 74

A power runner who is crucial to England’s all court game. Haskell will take some shifting even when Croft is back.

Nick Easter 77

Marshaled his troops very well at the back of the back and his offload for Tindall’s try was spot on

Replacements 71

I know the game was won when they came on but they made an impact from Simon Shaw’s hands to Matt Banhan’s direct running, Danny Care’s impressive performance all the way to Jonny Wilkinson’s faultless kicking that took him to within two points of getting his Test scoring world record back from Dan Carter.


England (31) 59 
Tries: Ashton 4, Cueto, Tindall, Care, Haskell Cons: Flood 5, Wilkinson 3
Pen: Flood

Italy (6) 13
Try: Ongaro Con: Mi Bergamasco Pens: Mi Bergamasco 2


0 – Should never play for this team again

10 – Shocker – lucky to get picked again this season

20 – Out of his depth

30 – Did one or two things right – must improve

40 – Willing but woeful

50 – Minimum requirement for a professional – average

60 – Solid effort and a decent performance

70 – Made key contributions and guaranteed his place for next time

80 – Superb – should give himself a pat on the back

90 – A personal best – his greatest game ever

100 – Faultless – no one could play a better game in this position


England v Italy stats


8 Tries 1

0 Pen tries 0

8/8 Conversions 1/1

1/1 Penalty goals 2/3

0/0 Drop goals 0/0

Phases of Play

3 Scrums Won 1

0 Lost 0

10 Line-outs Won 6

1 Lost 9

18 Pens Conceded 14

0 Free-kicks Conceded 1

6 Mauls Won 4

20 Ruck and Drive 10

71 Ruck and Pass 59

Ball Won

97 In Open Play 73

38 In Opponent’s 22 14

27 At Set Pieces 25

1 Turnovers Won 6

Team Statistics

234 Passes Completed 148

15 Line Breaks 1

16 Possession Kicked 15

2 Errors from Kicks 2

3 Kicks to Touch 1

28% Kicks / Passes 30%

81 Tackles Made 141

2 Missed 9

97% Tackle Completion 94%

17 Offloads in Tackle 3

12% Offloads / Tackled 3%

11 Errors Made 6

19% Errors / Ball Won 12%

Minutes in possession

19:11 First half 07:47

21:51 Second half 12:22

Minutes in opponent’s half

20:46 First half 21:11

26:40 Second half 21:01