Gloucester wing Jonny May admits England will need to up their game in their remaining Under-20 RBS 6 Nations fixtures if they have realistic ambitions of completing the Grand Slam.
England began their campaign with an impressive 41-14 win over Wales before stuttering to a 16-10 victory in Italy on Friday.
May scored England’s only try in Italy while the boot of Kingsholm team-mate Freddie Burns ensured the Azzurri didn’t pull off a surprise win.
But with matches against France and Scotland to come as well as the visit of Ireland to Gloucester on February 26, May is well aware England can’t afford another lackluster display.
“Everybody seemed to be forcing it a bit and we just didn't make the right decisions or execute what we were trying to do well enough,” said May.
“Italy deserve credit, though, they tackled hard and they were physical over the ball. They didn't give up.
"We've got to be honest with ourselves about the performance, come back and start over.
“We should have picked up where we were in the second half of the Wales game but we didn't get the decisions and the accuracy right.”