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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 February 2006, 17:53 GMT
Italy 16-31 England
Mauro Bergamasco and Ludovico Nitoglia tackle Lewis Moody
Italy: (6) 16
Try: Mirco Bergamasco
Con: Pez
Pen: Pez
Drops: Pez (2)
England: (7) 31
Tries: Tindall, Hodgson, Cueto, Simpson-Daniel
Cons: Hodgson (4)
Pen: Hodgson
England had to come from behind to secure a hard-earned victory over Italy in their Six Nations match in Rome.

Italy began brightly and it was 25 minutes before England took charge, Mike Tindall bursting through to score.

Ramiro Pez's penalty and two drop goals either side of half-time briefly gave Italy the lead before England hit back.

Charlie Hodgson and Mark Cueto tries put England clear and James Simpson- Daniel sealed the win after Mirco Bergomasco had touched down for Italy.

Clearly inspired by their positive display against Ireland last week, Italy began in aggressive fashion, and should have gone ahead when Pez rattled the post with a relatively straight-forward penalty.

We always knew how tough it would be
England coach Andy Robinson
Having survived the early pressure, England moved the ball down the other end and looked to have scored when Martin Corry went over after three close-range line-outs.

But the video replay was inconclusive as to whether he had grounded the ball, so no try was given.

Tindall broke the deadlock on 25 minutes when he cut through the line with an angled run and side-stepped Paul Griffen to touch down, with Hodgson adding the conversion.

Italy got back in the game when Lewis Moody was harshly penalised for failing to roll away after a tackle, and having put over the resulting penalty, Pez soon added a drop goal.

Another Pez drop goal gave Italy a dream start to the second half and a 9-7 lead.

We knew this was a big test - it wasn't enough to win but it was a good fight
Italy coach Pierre Berbizier
Cueto just missed out on a try when he knocked on after Hodgson's cross-field kick into the right-hand corner as England looked for a quick response, and it eventually came from a Hodgson penalty.

And within seconds of coming on for Harry Ellis, Matt Dawson, after fine work by Worsley, supplied the pass for Hodgson to sprint 20 metres to score.

Cueto held off Bergomasco to add a third England try, before the Italian back claimed a try that his team's performance thoroughly deserved.

Substitute Simpson-Daniel grabbed a stoppage-time try for England to give the scoreline a slightly misleading air, which was harsh on a brave Italian side.

Italy: Stoica; Canavosio, Canale, Mi Bergamasco, Nitoglia; Pez, Griffen; Perugini, Ongaro, Nieto; Dellape, Bortolami; Sole, Ma Bergamasco, Parisse.
Replacements: Picone for Canavosio (60), Lo Cicero for Perugini (68), Festuccia for Ongaro (65), Castrogiovanni for Nieto (65), Del Fava for Dellape (56), Persico for Parisse (56).
Not Used: Wakarua.

England: Voyce; Cueto, Noon, Tindall, Cohen; Hodgson, Ellis; Sheridan, Thompson, Stevens; Borthwick, Grewcock; Worsley, Moody, Corry.
Replacements: Simpson-Daniel for Tindall (77), Dawson for Ellis (55), White for Sheridan (62), Mears for Thompson (62), Shaw for Grewcock (70), Dallaglio for Worsley (66).
Not Used: Goode.

Att: 24,973

Referee: Kelvin Deaker (New Zealand).

Highlights: Italy 16-31 England

Interview: England coach Andy Robinson

Interview: England fly-half Charlie Hodgson

Interview: Italy coach Pierre Berbizier

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