England has won its 17th consecutive with a 36 – 15 rugby win over Italy, a record for the Mother Country, putting it on the verge of equally the record held by the All Blacks.
England was defending its Six Nations title and had to work hard to get past France and Wales. The game with Italy was also a rough slog of sorts, with the Italians resorting to some interesting tactics that made for a contest in the first half, before England figured out what was what and came on strong in the second to pull clear.
England can tie the Kiwis’ record by winning their next match.
The Brits trailed 10 – 5 at the half, seized the lead early in the second, only to see that lead evaporate when Italy took advantage of some poor British defense to record a try in the 61st minute.
It was a scare of sorts, but the Azzuri have never beaten the Brits in 23 attempts, so anyone with a historical perspective and British tendencies could have remained relatively calm.
Serenity may not have been the state of mind for the British side, however, as Italy confused the issue by not contesting the breakdown, which freed up their players to get beyond the line of the ruck and block passes behind the tackle area.