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Six Nations: Stuart Lancaster reflects on England's victory over Italy

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Six Nations: Stuart Lancaster reflects on England's victory over Italy

Stuart Lancaster: four wins out of five

Credit to Ireland. They are deserved winners and it's a fitting finale and send-off for Brian O'Driscoll, a legend of the game who everyone in this squad respects massively.

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England head coach Stuart Lancaster was proud of the performance his players produced in beating Italy 52-11 in Rome.

Mike Brown's sensational championship continued with his brace of tries the highlight of a fine individual contribution, while Owen Farrell, Jack Nowell, Mako Vunipola, Manu Tuilagi and Chris Robshaw also crossed.

However, a Leonardo Sarto interception try for Italy and two Luciano Orquera penalties mean England failed to overhaul Ireland's superior points difference of plus 49.

That meant Ireland's 22-20 victory over France in Paris was enough to give them the Six Nations title on points difference from England.

"Credit to Ireland. They are deserved winners and it's a fitting finale and send-off for Brian O'Driscoll, a legend of the game who everyone in this squad respects massively," Lancaster said.

"We always knew this was going to be one of the tightest Six Nations and that it would go down to the wire."

Lancaster feels his side can hold their heads up high after thrashing Italy on home soil.

He said: "We scored some great tries and we've come here and scored 50, and not many teams have done that, in fact very, very few.

"There were some errors in the first half, but I'm just proud of the boys. It's a great squad we've got developing and the bigger picture is important.

"The match against France was frustrating, but then look at the performance against Scotland, the Ireland performance, the Wales performance, and I don't think anyone has come here and scored as many as we have today.

"So you've got to be proud of the boys really."

Outstanding

Captain Chris Robshaw said: "The response after France has been outstanding and now we just have to sit and wait," he said.

"We always knew it was going to be tough. The last two encounters we've had against Italy there was no more than a score in it.

"We were focused and ready. We came here to score 50 points and that's what we did, but unfortunately we conceded. If we hadn't conceded I'm not sure what it would have been (the points difference) but we're still in a good position."

Brown added: "First and foremost we wanted to come here and put in a performance and win, and we scored a good few tries.

"And the way we played was outstanding. We were definitely trying to play with tempo. All credit to the boys for their efforts today, it was a squad effort."Captain Chris Robshaw is aware Italy's late try from Sarto could prove costly, but feels the side did everything that was asked of them.

"The response after France has been outstanding and now we just have to sit and wait," he said.

"We always knew it was going to be tough. The last two encounters we've had against Italy there was no more than a score in it.

"We were focused and ready. We came here to score 50 points and that's what we did, but unfortunately we conceded. If we hadn't conceded I'm not sure what it would have been (the points difference) but we're still in a good position."

Brown was named man of the match for his try-scoring exploits but was quick to point out the impact the team had as a whole.

He said: "First and foremost we wanted to come here and put in a performance and win, and we scored a good few tries.

"And the way we played was outstanding. We were definitely trying to play with tempo. All credit to the boys for their efforts today, it was a squad effort."

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