Six Nations 2015: Lancaster calls on England to step up against Ireland

England head coach says his team must step up their game if they are to beat Ireland in Dublin

Stuart Lancaster has called for an improved performance from his England team when they face Ireland in Dublin on 1 March.

The Red Rose head coach was speaking after his team’s 47-17 victory over Italy in the second round of the Six Nations.

But despite running in six tries in the course of the victory, Lancaster said that he was far from entirely satisfied.

“Not at all,” Lanaster said. “Defensively, there was a soft try first up and a soft try at the end, so that’s a bit disappointing really.

“We didn’t get the same sort of intensity throughout the 80 minutes that we needed.”

However, Lancaster emphasised that, despite another slow start and an early second half try from Italy which brought the visitors to within eight points, ultimately his side’s victory was significantly more comfortable than the nervy 18-11 triumph last time the Azzurri visited Twickenham in 2013.

“My memory goes back to two years ago when it was 74 minutes in and Courtney [Lawes] stole a line-out when we were struggling to win the game,” said Lancaster.

“So, we have obviously made progress, but we know that in order to beat Ireland in Ireland, we are going to need to step up again.

“But two [wins] from two, we’ll take that at the moment.”

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