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England admit turgid Rome win was 'boring'

Nick Easter has provided an insight into England's true feelings after their 17-12 win over Italy by saying: "God, that was boring."

Mathew Tait's try early in the second half ultimately proved the difference, but England needed a late Jonny Wilkinson drop goal to finally kill off a spirited Italian side.

The Azzurri had trailed 14-6 but pushed England to the brink with four penalties from winger Mirco Bergamasco, taking the score to 12-14 before Wilkinson's drop.

In flashes England showed how dangerous an attacking force they could be and Tait's try was well-crafted by Easter, Ugo Monye and Delon Armitage.

But those moments were few and far between. The visitors spent far too long engaged in an aimless kicking contest.

Afterwards manager Martin Johnson and captain Steve Borthwick both spoke positively, but the boos ringing around the stadium at the end told the story.

Rome has been a graveyard for Wales and Scotland in previous Six Nations championships so Johnson was relieved to win.

"I am happy to win but the guys knew they could have done better. You want to keep the pressure on. We didn't. The kick-chase wasn't good enough."

Borthwick said: "There were a lot of positives and we will look at the areas we need to finish off."