Italrugby is a different national team since it was led by New Zealander Kiern Crowley, who still doesn't speak the language of the country where he has been working for six years but still manages to pass on his teachings.
All this to say that the blue team that previously collapsed in the second half, now in the second half even manages to almost dominate, on the field of a rival of rank like England, holding up the comparison.
Too bad, however, that in the first half Capuozzo and his companions were dominated and it was precisely this that, in the end, made the difference, with the 31-14 success of the English, with four tries to two in favor of Farrell and his associates.
The Azzurri paid for suffering in the scrum and on England's advancing drives, decisive factors in this match.
The landlords, very aggressive,
they put it on a physical level, and what's more they found the complicity of a New Zealand referee who probably also suffered from the excitement and charm of Twickenham, a bit like the Azzurri for the first twenty minutes of the match.
In the end, an expected defeat came but Italy confirmed that they can play it against anyone, and today they did so by maneuvering for twenty minutes outnumbered and with the handicap of having lost their captain to injury in the 23rd minute Lamaro.
But Capuozzo's races and sprints, Riccioni's and Fusco's tries, Polledri's return and Negri's good performance bode well for the future, even the immediate one, even if in the next round, Saturday 25th, the currently n.1 in the world, i.e. the
Ireland is also excelling in this Six Nations. Azzurri continue to play enjoying the 81,609 of Twickenham but England scored with Arundell.
Six Nations: England-Italy 31-14 - Sport
Second day of the tournament (ANSA)
The beginning of the match is very fragmented, many scrums with Italy who put things back in order after a difficult start, but then England strikes at the first opportunity.
Farrell gives up the posts and takes the first free kick of the match into touch, the maul is advancing and Jack Willis finalizes for the first try: 7-0 with Farrell converting.
Italy responds in turn by giving up the posts to try the big shot.
But England responded 'present' from a physical and defensive point of view and the action vanished.
In the 23rd minute Lamaro, who was already limping, was forced to forfeit despite his attempt to stay on the pitch.
In its place Zuliani.
The English push again, put Italy to the whip with the maul and after three consecutive fouls Lorenzo Cannone pays for everyone and gets booked.
On the developments of the following action, Chessum finalizes for the 14-0.
In 14 Italy tries to hold on, but fails to get out of their 22. The referee disallows a try to Van Poortvliet for obstruction, but in the following action George finalizes another advancing maul: the first half ends on 19-0.
In the second half, Italy changed gears, and advanced with quick plays in cleaning up the meeting points.
Capuozzo opens the English defense in two, the Cannone brothers charge and advance, Varney tries himself and is tackled high, and Riccioni scores 19-7 in the following charge.
But then the New Zealand referee Doleman punishes the Italian forwards again: penalty try, yellow card for Ferrari and the English at 26 odds. The Azzurri don't give up, push and run with the ball in hand,
the usual Capuozzo, and Bruno and Polledri try again, before Fusco, as soon as he enters, scores a goal he will remember forever.