A week after their 32-0 triumph against Scotland, England were made to work hard to keep their dream of a first grand slam in four years alive.
England Women captain Sarah Hunter knows her side must improve if they want to win the Women's Six Nations despite their 33-24 win in Italy.
England scored five tries on their way to victory through Lauren Cattell, Katie Mason, Lotte Clapp, Abbie Scott and Bianca Blackburn.
Italy had never scored more than one try against England but crossed the line four times via Maria Grazia Cioffo, two from winger Sofia Stefan and Silvia Folli.
"All credit to the way Italy played, they played some great attacking rugby. They've got some physical forwards and some really fast threatening backs," said Hunter.
"Of course we are happy with the win but I think we didn't manage to get full control of the game. We know we are going to have to improve."
In Perpignan France Women continued their dominance over Ireland claiming their 22nd victory in 24 meetings with an 18-6 victory.
France now sit side by side with England at the top of the table with two wins from two thanks to tries from Gaelle Mignot and Caroline Boujard, who intercepted a pass and ran the length of the field to dot down.
Defending champions Ireland threatened for long periods but failed to break down the resilient French defence who reduced Ireland to just two penalties from Niamh Briggs.
France centre Lucille Godiveau said: "We're obviously very happy with our second win in the Championship. We followed what we had put in place with the coaches.
"Our defence was well-organised and we were very good in that sector when we were under pressure. Now we'll recover. The atmosphere was magical and I took a few seconds when we came on the pitch to look around.
"It was impressive and it's great to feel so many people are there to support you."
Wales Women celebrated their first victory of this year's competition as they downed Scotland 23-10.
Both teams came into the game off the back of opening weekend defeats but Wales emerged the stronger side as Sioned Harries scored one try and created another.
Hannah Jones and Alisha Butchers crossed the whitewash to score second-half tries for Wales while Scotland could only reply through Megan Gaffney's first-half try.
Scotland's six year wait for a victory in the championships will resume with a clash against Italy next up.
Wales captain Carys Phillips was delighted with the win in her first game leading the side.
"We're really pleased to get the win against what was a very good Scotland side. The game was evenly balanced at half-time but we kept our composure and we got the rewards," said Phillips.
"We now have two weeks to look ahead to France who are one of the best teams in the world. Hopefully we will have another big crowd to spur us on where we know we will have to front up and play to the best of our ability to get a positive result."
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