Andy Robinson has insisted England "will only get better" after the world champions completed a routine Italian job and avoided any prospect of an embarrassing RBS 6 Nations whitewash.
With England having endured their worst season in Six Nations history, Robinson's optimism could be viewed as a coach merely clutching at straws.
But there was enough evidence at Twickenham - notably the form of recalled fullback Iain Balshaw and hat-trick hero Mark Cueto - to support the Robinson theory of onwards and upwards.
The lasting impression from England's 2005 Six Nations campaign will be one of disappointment, given those losses, yet Robinson was able to accentuate the positives after a six-try triumph.
"I feel it is important that this team grows together, and as you can see, there haven't been many changes," Robinson said.
"We are trying to build a team and a squad together, and that takes a little bit of time. But we have certainly got the foundations now, and it has been about sticking together and we will only get better.
"We are building, and we are moving forward, but we have got to build on that now next weekend. This team knows it can get better, and it is always looking forward to the next game."
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