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Hodgson try secures England win

A Charlie Hodgson try secured an England victory for the second successive match in the Six Nations. After edging out Scotland in their first match, England had a narrow victory in a snowy Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

England were 9 points behind in the second-half, and defeat was a distinct possibility for Stuart Lancaster’s inexperienced side. Hodgson’s opportunist try paved the way for a comeback, and England secured a 15-19 victory.

Mistakes by Ben Foden had given Italy the lead at the end of a first-half where both sides struggled to play any fluent rugby in freezing conditions. England responded well to the setback, and the captain Chris Robshaw was encouraged by the character shown by his players.

"We did not panic when we conceded two tries through our own mistakes just before half-time,” he said. "We regrouped, focused on what we needed to do and came out on the right side. We are in a good place: winning without playing well."

Lancaster wants the England coach’s job on a permanent basis, and was pleased with the performance. "I thought we were in control against Italy only for a mad five minutes to put us back," he said. "The conditions made it tough with snow covering the pitch and I think it was an improvement on the previous week. That is what we are about, getting better each time, and when you consider we have only been together for three weeks, you can see we have come a long way."

The win certainly leaves Lancaster in a decent position to secure the appointment.

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