Six Nations: Chris Robshaw says England knew Italy would prove tough

Last Updated: 11/03/13 7:38am

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Chris Robshaw: Felt England played well at times against Italy.

Chris Robshaw: Felt England played well at times against Italy.

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Captain Chris Robshaw admits that England were unimpressive during their 18-11 victory over Italy at Twickenham.

But the back row man pointed out that, with a first Grand Slam since 2003 still very much a possibility, getting the victory against a valiant Italian side was the top priority.

Asked if it was disappointing not to have won by a more comfortable margin, Robshaw said: "Of course it was, but it was important to get a win.

"We were under no illusion about how hard it would be, especially after how hard it was in Rome last year (a 19-15 for England).

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"We weren't great today but it's a win at the end of the day. There were moments when we played very well and the attack was flowing but the final bit of execution let us down.


"There's a lot of work to do going into Wales next week."

England will clinch the Grand Slam if they can triumph in Cardiff next Saturday and Italy full-back Andrea Masi, who was named man of the match after a fine display at Twickenham, thinks Robshaw's men will pull it off.

"It's going to be a tough game but I think England are a bit more dangerous than Wales," he said.

"We were quite happy to compete against England and this was a very good performance by Italy. We came from two poor games and today we played better rugby, more aggressive and much more physical."

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