England 18 Italy 11: Stuart Lancaster reveals quiet dressing room after win
Six Nations 2013: Stuart Lancaster admits the England dressing room was "pretty quiet"after a slender 18-11 win against Italy
Stuart Lancaster revealed England’s dressing room was “pretty quiet” after the Red Rose were unconvincing winners against Italy at Twickenham.
England edged a tight first half, with four Toby Flood penalties giving the Six Nations leaders a slender 12-3 lead at the interval.
The Leicester fly-half extended England’s advantage before a Luciano Orquera penalty and a second-half try by Luke McClean brought Italy to within four points of the home side.
But Flood, who had a perfect kicking record in the absence of Owen Farrell, scored a 62nd-minute penalty to settle England nerves and ensure their Grand Slam bid stays intact ahead of next weekend’s clash with Wales.
“There was no-one punching the air. It was a pretty quiet dressing room because we know that we need to do better,” said Lancaster.
“Before half-time we felt that we had a good control of the game. We probably missed one or two opportunities.
“We felt with a good start to the second half that we would be able to pull away and finish the job off. But we conceded a soft try and suddenly it’s game on again.
“It’s a case of lessons learned.”
Lancaster also paid testament to Italy for making life tough for the home side despite many predicting the Red Rose to be comfortable winners.
“We paid them a lot of respect. I thought Sergio Parisse coming back into the side was a big lift for them. He was outstanding,” he added.
“Gone are the days where Italy turn up and get well beaten.”