London Pass BlogBack to Blog
England provide unconvincing start to Six Nations campaign
Published: Monday 9th of February 2009
England were virtually gifted an eventually comfortable 36-11 win over Italy at Twickenham on Saturday thanks to some extremely wayward passing and the lack of an experienced scrum-half, with doubts remaining as to how they might fare against stiffer opposition as the tournament progresses.
It was the decision to pick the unfortunate Mauro Bergamasco at number nine that contributed to Italy's decisive first-half capitulation, but this followed the encouraging sight of Andy Goode – his own inclusion questioned before the match – romping through to touch down after only 90 seconds.
While the home side managed to take advantage of the openings that were presented to them, they looked unable to create a surfeit of meaningful attacking play of their own and continued to rely on the defend-and-counter style, causing considerable concern among some fans.
Johnson's men eventually notched up five tries (including two from man of the match Harry Ellis) but a much more imposing performance will be needed against Wales - who looked forceful in their unpicking of an uninspiring Scottish side – and Ireland, who enjoyed an exhilarating victory over France at Croke Park.
LondonPass holders can experience the home of rugby at Twickenham Stadium's World Rugby Museum and Stadium Tours for free, saving £10 for adults and £7 for children.
Follow The London Pass blog to learn about the latest news with attractions, sights and sightseeing events in the city. As well as useful tips, hints and advice for visitors to the city and how to make the most of your sightseeing time in London. We hope you enjoy…
Thursday 21st of March 2013 Things to do in London: Take an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of Chelsea FC Stadium
Wednesday 20th of March 2013 Pollock’s Toy Museum provides kids with fun things to do in London
Tuesday 19th of March 2013 London attractions: Enjoy a family day out in Apsley House
Monday 18th of March 2013 Things to do in London: Visit Kensington Palace for a fun, family day out
Sunday 17th of March 2013 London Attractions: Come and see a play at the National Theatre
Saturday 16th of March 2013 London attractions: Visit the Banqueting House for a fun, family day out
Friday 15th of March 2013 Did Shakespeare really write his own plays?
Thursday 14th of March 2013 London attractions: Dance to the tune of the British Music Experience
Wednesday 13th of March 2013 Eltham Palace adds a touch of royalty to London attractions
Wednesday 13th of March 2013 London attractions: Relive medical history in the Old Operating Theatre Museum
Tuesday 12th of March 2013 London attractions: Visit HMS Belfast for a 75th birthday do