Thursday 17 January 2019

England urged to destroy Italy

Mike Tindall believes Friday night's victory over Wales could go down as one of the seminal moments in England's bid for Six Nations glory.

England had not won in Cardiff since 2003 and ended that barren run with a 26-19 triumph, secured with two tries from Chris Ashton and Toby Flood's faultless kicking display.

But Tindall warned England that all their efforts in Wales will go to waste if they let their standards slip against the Azzurri on Saturday.

You hope it will be an important win in the team's development -- but we mustn't get ahead of ourselves," said Tindall. "Italy won't come to Twickenham and lie down to let us win. We have to demand performances from ourselves."

Brown insists Scots hopeful of victory

Scotland can go into their second Six Nations match with Wales on Saturday with optimism despite the opening loss to defending champions France, according to Kelly Brown.

Brown was one of three Scotland try-scorers in their 34-21 defeat in Paris, along with captain Alastair Kellock and Sean Lamont, and he was looking at the positives after just a second defeat in eight Tests for Andy Robinson's men.

"Our attack at times was very good but we turned over too much ball and the French took full advantage," said Brown.

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