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Former England scrum half Lee Dickson analyses Saturday’s win against Italy and picks out his standout England play.
My Play of the Week is Manu Tuilagi’s 46th minute score. He had already bagged his first try at Twickenham in six years in the first half, but this one gets the nod for its great build-up and a superb piece of individual skill.
Let's remind ourselves of the finish...
For me it starts when Owen Farrell (red box below, left) lifts an inside ball to Joe Cokanasiga (red box right) for the winger to ghost through the Italian defence with the ball in one hand. For a moment, it looks like he might score himself, but he is brought down just shy of the line.
We then see a quick clear out which enables Ben Youngs to feed Farrell (below). I know I keep saying how good Farrell is, and again this try is a great example of his awareness; he’s identified there is space right, so switches the attack, firing a pass to Ben Te’o who in turn provides early ball for Jamie George.
It’s a four-on-two, and what happens next is an example for me of how far the game has moved on. George (red square above, left) doesn’t panic or ship the ball on quickly, instead he goes forward drawing the interest of the remaining Italian defence, before pinging a pinpoint pass into the path of Tuilagi (red square, right) who doesn’t even have to break stride.
Gone are the days of forwards putting their head down and running straight. The above video highlights just how comfortable George feels in those outside channels, catching and passing 20 metres with ease.
It was the perfect way to start the second half. Having already secured a bonus-point, England could have shut off but they didn't. A resounding win over Italy, where they showed their intent from minute one.
It's still all to play for as we head into the final week...