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England v Italy - Live
England 18 Italy 11
80 England win the contest but what an effort that was from Italy. They came given no hope from the so-called experts but were more than a match for the Grand Slam-hunting English, who go to Wales knowing that a win would mean a Six Nations clean sweep. Credit to Italy today, they were immense.
79 The man-of-the-match is Andrea Masi but will he be on the winning or losing team?
78 Flood clears from inside his in-goal area but it doesn't make much ground so Italy are set to throw in. However, that is a fantastic steal in the line-out from Lawes and England can soon breathe easy.
76 Italy spill possession so it's an English scrum five metres from their own line. Pressure is coming!
75 Tension galore at Twickenham as Masi and then Venditti go close, with Italy camped on the English try-line. No one was expecting such a close game today but boy do we have one. Can Italy do this?
73 Still Italy have it, edging ever further into the English half. Remember, the Azzurri are only seven points down so a converted try would be good news for Wales, who England face in Cardiff next week.
70 England will feel a whole lot better as Flood runs hard for a possible gap just inside the Italian half. That break has the Azzurri on the back foot but not for long as McLean races back to halfway!
68 Well they have some defending to do first as McLean surges down the left wing, ghosting past Ashton. That results in Italy being driven into touch in the English 22 but more worrying signs for the hosts.
66 Barritt is the next Englishman to be replaced as Billy Twelvetrees emerges for the final fourteen or so minutes. Maybe his presence can fire the backline as B Youngs puts in on his own ten-metre line.
64 McLean puts in a decent grubber to the corner but it gives possession back to England on their own line. However if they can apply pressure on the Youngs throw-in they may find some joy very soon.
61 FLOOD PENALTY! 18-11! He makes no mistake for a six from six record so far today.
59 Here comes Marler now with England in possession on the Italian 22. Youngs feeds another replacement, Lawes, before Brown takes it in. England have a penalty advantage but are hunting a try right now.
57 Joe Marler and Ben Youngs come on for Vunipola and Care while Gori goes for Tobias Botes.
56 Back come England now and the home crowd rises to their increase in tempo. Barritt takes it to ground on the Italian 22 but the ball is ultimately stolen and hacked downfield to Goode. Net result, Italy line-out 30 from the English line, with full-back Goode struggling with an ankle problem right now.
54 He pushes this one to the right of the uprights so it remains 15-11 at Twickenham.
53 What about this from Italy as Venditti enjoys a powerful surge down the right wing, brushing off Brown on his way to the English ten-metre. It leads to a penalty too as Flood lectures the squad.
50 So we have a real game on our hands here after that score and England react by sending on Tom Croft for Haskell. The camera pans to Graham Rowntree and Lancaster who look rather worried in the stands.
49 He misses the extras.
48 MCLEAN TRY! 15-11! Well well. Italy have scored after a shocking error from Care, who sliced a ball behind him, and from that Italy kicked wide to the waiting McLean. A tough conversion to come...
46 ORQUERA PENALTY! 15-6! He knocks over three points after Italy's pack wins a penalty at scrum-time.
45 Parling goes off for Courtney Lawes and immediately packs down for an Italian scrum on England's 22.
44 FLOOD PENALTY! 15-3! Italy bring down a jumper in the line-out so the lead grows with a long-ranger.
43 Italy start well and are being patient in possession...that is until they go off their feet so the English will clear into the Azzurri half as lock Parling gets some treatment for a shoulder injury.
41 Welcome back for the conclusion of this one. England lead by nine points as Orquera kicks us off.
England 12 Italy 3
40 FLOOD PENALTY! 12-3! The half ends with three more points to Flood but it should have been more after Brown raced down the left wing before being brought down five out. The recycled ball saw Parling put a foot in touch on the other flank but Clancy was already playing advantage for offside. 12-3 it is.
39 Italy look to cancel that one out and apply the pressure on Goode via a high tester from Orquera. But the full-back comes through that one with flying colours as the half-time interval approaches at HQ.
37 FLOOD PENALTY! 9-3! England are back into a six-point lead after Italy are penalised at scrum-time.
35 However, England force the turnover and go down the right wing with Tuilagi feeding Ashton who gets to the Italian 22. But the Saracens wing's inside pass is adjudged forward by Clancy. Italy scrum.
33 Italy are playing intelligent rugby on halfway despite their numerical disadvantage. They are into opposition territory now with smart work down the short spaces of the blindside earning them metres.
31 GORI YELLOW! He is sent to the sin-bin for holding back Flood after the ten had charged down his kick.
30 Back come England though from a scrum free-kick that Care takes quickly inside his own half. That leads to metres being made before the ball is lost forward in contact by Parling I think it was.
27 Italy kick long via Orquera and it is an excellent touch-finder from halfway that ends up in the English 22. Brunel will be purring after that one, even more so as they pinch the English line-out.
25 Early engagement from England. What a frustrating error for Robshaw and company.
24 Wow. England should have scored then as first Vunipola went close after a good line-break from Flood before Ashton was hauled down just short. From that breakdown it was then Flood getting over the line but unfortunately for him being held up. Five-metre scrum for England then. Surely the try is coming.
22 Flood just about finds touch after Italy are penalised for an early engagement.
21 What about this? Italy have come close to scoring from halfway as a slick move down the touchline involving Parisse and Alessandro Zanni led to the latter getting to within five metres. A knock-on gets called by Clancy though so it will be an English put-in very close to their own whitewash.
18 ORQUERA PENALTY! 6-3! Some points for Italy as England pull down a driving maul so the lead is cut back down to three in quick time. It looks like that was Youngs with the offence as Orquera converts.
15 FLOOD PENALTY! 6-0! Still Italy are struggling for any territory in the game. Another three points has gone against them, this time for going off their feet, so Flood has six points to Italy's zero.
13 Italy are now caught offside on halfway in what has been a high-tempo start at Twickenham. But again Flood doesn't make touch in a blunder that will not please Lancaster. Italy clear to outside the 22.
10 England are very much on top at HQ with Flood looking to spark things wide out. However, the fly-half is pounced on by Parisse after making the tackle and pinches the ball for now. It doesn't last long.
8 English ball on halfway and now it's Castriogiovanni giving away the penalty for offside. This time Flood finds a solid touch that takes his team-mates into the visiting 22. Chance for the hosts here.
6 Brad Barritt makes his presence felt with a big hit on Luke McLean, which leads to a penalty going the way of the hosts on halfway. They go for the corner but Flood misses touch before Brown charges down the clearing kick. Can he get to the ball before it goes dead? No is the answer..Italy drop-out.
3 FLOOD PENALTY! 3-0! That's a great kick from about 45 metres on the angle. England lead.
2 Impressive start from England but they may find themselves unfortunate not to get a penalty after Giovambattista Venditti seemed to slap down an English pass. They don't need to wait long for their opening shot though as the resulting scrum sees referee George Clancy blow against the Azzurri pack.
Kick-off And we are off on a cold day at Twickenham. Flood gets things going so it's Italy with the early ball via the powerful Robert Barbieri. England now have it on halfway with captain Chris Robshaw carrying.
Anthems The fans are upstanding for the anthems. Kick-off isn't too far away now.
Team news England coach Stuart Lancaster had made five changes to his XV, with Mako Vunipola, Tom Youngs, James Haskell, Danny Care and Toby Flood all in. Italy meanwhile have inspirational captain Sergio Parisse back at the tail of the scrum in one of seven alterations made by boss Jacques Brunel. Gonzalo Canale and Gonzalo Garcia will form a new-look centre pairing, with Tommaso Benvenuti dropping to the bench.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the final fixture of Six Nations, Round 4. We are at Twickenham today to cover Championship leaders England's clash with Italy in a game that is expected to go only one way. Why? Well England are three from three and Italy's away form is far from satisfactory. Team news follows.
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