Wilkinson: England were far from perfect

Saturday, February 17, 2001
England's Johnny Wilkinson admitted their performance was far from perfect despite a personal haul of 35 points in the 80-23 victory over Italy in their Six Nations clash at Twickenham.

"It was a difficult game," said fly-half Wilkinson, whose score was an individual tournament record.

"Things did not go right for us in the first half and they played very well. "

He added: "But in the second half maybe we took a few more chances and were a bit more clinical in what we did with the ball in terms of holding on to it and getting it back."

He said: "There's a lot to be pleased about and there is a lot to be down about on what we can improve on.

"Hopefully we can keep the momentum going into the next game and try and build on what we are doing generally."

Full-back Iain Balshaw said after his two tries: "I was delighted to get over today and delighted to get a good win."