England Rugby win their first game under new manager Steve Borthwick, a positive step for the team. The game was characterized by solid defense and a balanced lineup.
England secured a hard-fought victory over Italy in their final Six Nations match, marking the start of the Steve Borthwick era. The outcome of the game was not particularly flashy, but was characterized by a solid performance that relied on Borthwick’s tried-and-true methods of line-outs, mauls and defending.
The victory came as a relief for England, who had been facing criticism from their own fans after a difficult period in which the team was unbalanced. With just a few weeks of preparation under the new coach ahead of the Six Nations, the victory could be seen as a positive step for the team.
Borthwick made an astute choice in terms of player selection as the squad looked more balanced with Owen Farrell as the only 10 and two specialist centres, Henry Slade and Ollie Lawrence. Slade, in particular, shone in the game, with the left boot and defensive organization that earned him the Man of the Match award.
The future of No. 12 is an interesting topic of discussion, with Borthwick hinting at handing it over to Dan Kelly as soon as he’s able. However, it remains to be seen if he’ll stick with the impressive Ollie Lawrence in that role.
In conclusion, England’s victory over Italy can be seen as a positive step forward for the team, despite facing relatively weak opponents. With Borthwick at the helm and a solid win under his belt, England fans can look forward to a bright future.