Stuart Lancaster’s men failed to score a try but came out on top 18-11 to give themselves the chance of making it a clean sweep when they face Wales in Cardiff.
The result against the Italians was nevertheless a good one for bookmakers, who had taken plenty of bets on England to beat the visitors by a greater margin.
“England’s recent performances encouraged plenty of punters to back them to cover the handicap against Italy, but the visitors belied their odds with a superb performance at Twickenham, albeit against an under-par England. The win does at least set up the Grand Slam decider in Cardiff next Saturday, which should provide the highest turnover of the tournament,” said Coral’s David Stevens.
Coral’s Six Nations Odds
4-7 England, 11-8 No Winner
**Six Nations Outright
1-5 England, 7-2 Wales
6-4 Wales, 4-7 England, 18-1 Draw
10-11 Wales +3, 10-11 England -3, 16-1 Tie