Joseph happy with Italian job

Date published: February 14 2016

England outside centre Jonathan Joseph was "very proud" of his team-mates after they beat Italy 40-9 at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

The win leaves Eddie Jones' charges sitting top of the Six Nations table on points difference, with Joseph the star man with three tries.

"We spoke about starting well and unfortunately we didn't quite get there today but we got into it, we showed what England can do and I'm very proud of that performance," he told after the victory.

England were only 11-9 to the good at half-time thanks to a George Ford try and the boot of Owen Farrell, but after the break they kicked on.

"We just had to come out firing in the second-half, for us everything was in place, all the principles but we made a few errors early on and we managed to eradicate that and move on," added Joseph.

"I just got on the end of things, the last one was good defence and I managed to get on the end of it so I think that one was best, I don't think Anthony (Watson) was too happy."

Joseph added: "We're very proud of our defence and our defensive structure, we like to squeeze teams and I think that's what we did there. We saw the error and fortunately I was the one that got on the end of it.

"We've got a great squad here and a great bench, the boys did really well that came on and I'm looking forward to the game in two weeks and hopefully we'll put in a performance there as well."