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Six Nations | Twickenham Stadium
16:45 (GMT) | 10-02-2018
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Wales lineout on their 10m line.They win the ball and look to go again on the attack, but the ball is lost and that will be it as Wigglesworth gives it to Farrell who boots it high in the stands and brings an end on a hard fought match!!!
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Penalty to Wales for a high tackle!!!
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Wales refusing to put boot to ball as England defends well, but Wales keep coming at them!
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Wales dangerously loo to play from their own 22 and they manage to get out of it with the ball in hand
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Anscombe lines up the penalty to bring Wales within 7 and it is good! Game on!!
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England set the maul and they drive from outside the wales 22 before using it and Wales get the ball back and North makes a good break up the touchline and Anscombe follows up with another break as Parkes kicks through, but it rolls into touch, but they come back for a penalty!!!
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Anscombe takes a high ball and is gang tackled into touch!
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England in the wales 22 and the crowd start to roar as they are building towards their 3rd and potential match-winning try. England throwing everything at Wales, but Wales still holdout strongly and they get the turnover and clears to Mike Brown!!
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England attacking in the Wales half and working their way up to the 22m line. Wales defends well for the moment!
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England attacking off the scrum, but a loose ball kills their momentum and they go back for a scrum for a knock on by Wales in the tackle.
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Ford clears to his 10m line. Wales attack off the lineout, but then Anscombe knocks it on cold and Farrell launch it high and wales get the ball back but is now back into their own half and they knock on and England have an attacking scrum!
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All for nothing as the ball is lost by Wales and England have a defensive scrum!
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England 5m lineout won and they set the maul and drive forward and clears to just outside their 22. Wales still in with a shot!!
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Loose ball sees wales pounce and Evans kicks in field to Brown and loose pass sees Farrell track back before kicked ahead and Anscombe gets a counter in and they get numbers out wide and Williams would have been in for all money but dived too early and is tackled into touch!!!
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Great tactical awareness by Ford to kick across and into the Wales half outside the 22. They go high and Nowell takes and they go high and Anscombe takes as Wales look to run with it again and they get some momentum as they work it up to outside the England 22, but Farrell makes the turnover and England look to get out of danger!
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Scrums are a bit of a problem as the second reset is called
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Wales just a bit lateral on attack as they don't make many meters but keep possession inside their half , Anscombe kicks over the top and look to gather, but then the ball is knocked on
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Lineout on halfway to Wales and they set their attack off set piece but the England defence is ready and alert as they opt for the boot and Brown kicks back and Joseph intercepts a ball as there is some mayhem as Evans fails to clear and Brown counter attacks, but Wales win the breakdown penalty!!
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Scrum to Wales and it is a solid shove by wales and they win the penalty!!
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Ford kicks across for Amy who gathers and is then tackled as they recycle and just look to stretch the Wales defence as they work their way up to the Wales 22 and now into it, but then the ball is knocked on! Defensive scrum Wales
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Wales lineout just outside the England 22, but the throw is not straight and England have free kick as they kick long and just continue to smother Wales in their own half, but here goes Shingler who makes a clear break and kicks ahead and the bounce just eluded him and England win a penalty as Farrell had the ball covered anyway and wales went off their feet at the breakdown!
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Wales under an advantage as they look to attack, but under no avail and they come back for the Penalty!
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Great tactical kick by Ford to pin Wals in their 22. Wales line their lineout ball and clears to outside their 22. Lineout to England and they set the maul, but lose the ball as Patchell intercepts and Wales get away with it!
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Exit kick finds Brown who sparks an attack as England wok their way into the Wales 22 and Joseph makes a good break and pass out to Watson and he steps back in field to void touch, but the ball is lost and kicks ahead as England have to go again!
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Second half underway through George Ford and Davies clear from the base and ow England go on the attack in the wales half before going high and pinning wales back into their 22

Half Time

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Wales lineout on halfway and they send the ball wide to the left as they work it into the England half looking to strike before halftime, but the ball is lost and care launch it high and Evans takes and Daves said gents that is enough for now as he kicks it out and the teams head for halftime. See you back for the second half!!
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Care kicks the ball away to Anscombe who runs to halfway and Wales attack from deep and make a mess off it as a loose ball sees them lose territory but keeps possession
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Solid scrum initially before Wales came with a second shove and the reset is called again!
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Scrum collapsed and the reset is called.
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Maul is set as Wales look to get some momentum and they work it up to the 5m line as they go to ground and they go coast to coast but the England defence holds strong and forces the error as Samson Lee knocks on!!
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Patchell finds touch 7m's from the England line
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Anscombe looks to spark something after a ball is spilt by England and Wales get their way into the England half and win themselves a penalty as a little handbag scuffle breaks loose!
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Brown spills the high ball this time around and it is a scrum to Wales on halfway
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Free kick to Wales at the lineout as England closed the gap and they go high and Brown takes another high one under some pressure as England clear and Anscombe take and Wales attack just inside the England half
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Wales turn the ball over and the ball gets turned over again by England and Ford kicks across and Patchell fields and Adams kicks long to Brown as the attack is set yet again inside the Wales half
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Ford and Farrell combine again as Farrell takes a great ball from ford, makes half a break and kicks ahead but the ball beats everyone into touch inside the Wales 22 as Wales goes quickly and is forced to clear under pressure but finds Brown and England go back on the attack!!
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Patchell slots the penalty
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NO TRY!! It seems as if the TMO got this one wrong, but they will come back for the penalty for Itoje who went off his feet and this time they opt for the posts
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Wales on the attack as Wales have a penalty for a player going off his feet at the Breakdown and the kick across comes and it looks as if there was a grounding. Referee will check!!
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Penalty to Wales as England went off their feet and they opt for touch 5m's from the England line as they set the maul and is told to use it!
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Farrell converts!!
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Great work from Farrell to get the ball over the top to Launchbrey who realized he won't have the pace to go into the corner and flics the ball back inside for Jonny May who gets his second TRY!!
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England looking to get a second score as they look to penetrate the Wales defence. They are 10m's from the Wales tryline and working it up to the 5m line as an offside call comes from the referee. They are patient on attack looking to use their forwards to get over the gainline!!
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Penalty for sealing off to England inside their own half. Farrell finds touch just outside the Wales 22 and they get it through the hands off the lineout and set their attack
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Good solid scrum from both sides and a kick across finds Anscombe and Wales decide to attack with the possession from just inside their half before launching it high and England get it back before a kicking duel between the 2 ends with a lineout for Wales on England's 10m line.
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Wales win the lineout ball and they set their attack in the England half as they look to work their way into the 22, but knocks on. Scrum England.
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England back on the attack inside the Wales half on their 10m line, but the Wales defence holds well not giving them any momentum and Wales win a penalty for holding on!
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Kick under pressure by Evans and England have a lineout outside the Wales 22, but the lineout ball is lost and the ball is cleared to inside the England half.
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Kicking battle going on between the sides and eventually Watson takes and England start to attack inside the Wales half as they look to rumble it up with their forwards.
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Long range penalty from 45 meters out and Rhys Patchell looks to get his side on the board and it is away to the left
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Offside penalty to Wales on halfway and this time they opt for the posts
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Farrell missed the conversion
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A high ball lost by Wales sees England capitalize as Farrell kicks a grubber across and Jonny May chases and gathers and goes over for the TRY!!!
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Wales opt for the scrum and they take it to the left before Anscombe kicks ahead, but Ford had it covered in the in-goal area.
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Early take from Watson who loses the ball and Wales are on the attack early in this math and earn themselves a penalty straight in front of the post just outside the England 22 for a no arms tackle by Dylan Hartley
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Referee Jérôme Garcès from France blows his whistle and it is Rhys Patchell who gets us underway!
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Prediction: You would be silly to write off Wales, especially after last week's impressive demolition of Scotland. However, the smart money is on an England win at home - by eight points.
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Players to watch: For England: The inclusion of Jonathan Joseph in midfield indicates he will play a key role for the hosts. Danny Care will become England's most capped No.9 (78), moving past 2003 World Cup winner Matt Dawson. There are the usual suspects - George Ford, Maro Itoje and Mako Vunipola, to name only a few. For Wales: Leigh Halfpenny, with his boot and counter-attacking ability, and Gareth Davies, for his control behind the Welsh pack. However, it is the Welsh bench that could hold the key - the likes of Bradley Davies, Justin Tipuric and most of all George North.
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Both sides might find it a bit difficult to get a 4 try bonus point today, but will look to achieve it as it could be vital come the final round of the competition, but one might see a penalty exchange today.
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Wales have suffered a blow ahead of this clash after Leigh Halfpenny was ruled out. Halfpenny is sidelined with a foot infection and is replaced in the Starting line-up by Gareth Anscombe with Owen Watkin coming onto the bench
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This is a mouth-watering round 2 clash between the table-topping defending champions and the second-placed Wales who both had remarkable victories last week and Wales could get an indication as to where they are as a team against the best team in the Northern Hemisphere
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Welcome to the second Six Nations clash of the weekend between England and Wales live from Twickenham stadium in England!!
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Mako Vunipola
  • 2 Dylan Hartley
  • 3 Dan Cole
  • 4 Joe Launchbury
  • 5 Maro Itoje
  • 6 Courtney Lawes
  • 7 Chris Robshaw
  • 8 Sam Simmonds
  • 9 Danny Care
  • 10 George Ford
  • 11 Jonny May
  • 12 Owen Farrell
  • 13 Jonathan Joseph
  • 14 Anthony Watson
  • 15 Mike Brown
RESERVES
  • 16 Jamie George
  • 17 Alec Hepburn
  • 18 Harry Williams
  • 19 George Kruis
  • 20 Sam Underhill
  • 21 Richard Wigglesworth
  • 22 Ben Te'o
  • 23 Jack Nowell
START LINE UP
  • 1 Rob Evans
  • 2 Ken Owens
  • 3 Samson Lee
  • 4 Cory Hill
  • 5 Alun Wyn Jones
  • 6 Aaron Shingler
  • 7 Josh Navidi
  • 8 Ross Moriarty
  • 9 Gareth Davies
  • 10 Rhys Patchell
  • 11 Steffan Evans
  • 12 Hadleigh Parkes
  • 13 Scott Williams
  • 14 Josh Adams
  • 15 Gareth Anscombe
RESERVES
  • 16 Elliot Dee
  • 17 wyn Jones
  • 18 Tomas Francis
  • 19 Bradley Davies
  • 20 Justin Tipuric
  • 21 Aled Davies
  • 22 George North
  • 23 Owen Watkins
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Preview: England v Wales

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 07:35

SIX NATIONS ROUND TWO: Two of the unbeaten teams in this season's Six Nations go head to head when champions England meet Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.

And if the match is as lively as the build-up created by Eddie Jones and Warren Gatland, a capacity crowd are in for a treat.

Jones doesn't take kindly to suggestions his side, who launched their bid for an unprecedented third successive outright Six Nations title with a 46-15 win over Italy in Rome last weekend, are being outshone.

A day before England's victory, Wales hammered Scotland 34-7 in Cardiff, a win that saw them lauded for their attacking flair, albeit against error-strewn opponents.

There were plaudits for Wales fly-half Rhys Patchell, only playing following injuries to the far more experienced duo of Dan Biggar and Rhys Priestland.

But Jones said playing England in front of an 82,000 capacity at Twickenham would be a very different experience for the 24-year-old.

"Every time Rhys Patchell looks up, he's going to see Jonathan Joseph in his vision - it's not a great sight," Jones said, having recalled the Bath centre to his starting line-up instead of Ben Te'o, with scrum-half Danny Care replacing the injured Ben Youngs in the only other change to the run-on XV in Rome.

"He [Patchell] is a young guy, he's inexperienced and is their third-choice 10. Patchell will have to find guys around him to help because he'll be under some heat.

"Wales played really well against Scotland but it's going to be different on Saturday - they had no expectation on them last Saturday but this week they come full of expectation."

If Patchell is under pressure to back up a big performance now he's facing superior opponents, the same could be said of England No 8 Sam Simmonds, who starred against Italy following a back-row injury crisis.

Australian coach Jones has won 23 of his 24 Tests in charge of England following his appointment after a 2015 World Cup where a Twickenham defeat by Wales played a key role in the side's first-round exit.

Gatland, part of the northern hemisphere scene for even longer, is about to set a notable record.

Saturday will see the New Zealander coaching his 99th Test in charge of Wales, surpassing Frenchman Bernard Laporte's mark of games for one Six Nations country.

Only former All Blacks coach Graham Henry, with a world record 103 Tests in charge of New Zealand, is ahead of Gatland overall in this respect.

It is a decade since Gatland launched his reign as Wales coach with a stunning come-from-behind 26-19 win over England at Twickenham - a result that set Wales on the way to a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2008.

"We have not been afraid of going there [Twickenham] since I have been involved," said Gatland.

This week saw Gatland, who has guided the British and Irish Lions to a series win in Australia as well as last year's draw with world champions New Zealand, suggest Jones could lead the combined side to South Africa in 2021.

"He'll do a great job if he's Lions coach," said Gatland who then duly had a gig at Jones. "A 3-0 [Test series win] will be expected.

It's probably the easiest of the three tours, isn't it?"

Gatland has named an unchanged XV, with the lone alteration to his matchday 23 the return of powerhouse wing George North.

The Wales boss said the fact his side had an extra day's preparation for this weekend's clash could potentially make a "big difference".

But ahead of what is sure to be a bruising battle up front, for all the back-line talent on show, Jones was having none of it.

"We've had 18 months to prepare for this turnaround," he said. "Is that difficult? It's difficult, if you haven't used your 18 months well. We've used our 18 months well."

Player to watch:

For England: The inclusion of Jonathan Joseph in midfield indicates he will play a key role for the hosts. Danny Care will become England's most capped No.9 (78), moving past 2003 World Cup winner Matt Dawson. There are the usual suspects - George Ford, Maro Itoje and Mako Vunipola, to name only a few.

For Wales: Leigh Halfpenny, with his boot and counter-attacking ability, and Gareth Davies, for his control behind the Welsh pack. However, it is the Welsh bench that could hold the key - the likes of Bradley Davies, Justin Tipuric and most of all George North.

Head to head: You always start with the halfback combinations - George Ford and Danny Care (England) versus Rhys Patchell and Gareth Davies (Wales). However, the most intriguing face-off is in the second row - where British and Irish Lions teammates Maro Itoje (England) and Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) could steal the show.

Recent results:
 2017: England won 21-16, Cardiff
2016: England won 27-13, London
2016: England won 25-21, London
2015: Wales won 28-25, London (World Cup pool match)
2015: England won 21-16, Cardiff
2014: England won 29-18, London
2013: Wales won 30-3, Cardiff
2012: Wales 19-12, London
2011: Wales won 19-9, Cardiff
2011: England won 23-19, London

Prediction: You would be silly to write off Wales, especially after last week's impressive demolition of Scotland. However, the smart money is on an England win at home - by eight points.

Teams:

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Danny Care, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Chris Robshaw, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Maro Itoje, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Mako Vunipola.    
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Harry Williams, 19 George Kruis, 20 Sam Underhill, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Ben Te'o, 23 Jack Nowell.

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Josh Adams, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Cory Hill, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rob Evans.
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Bradley Davies, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Gareth Anscombe, 23 George North.

Date: Saturday, February 10
Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London
Kick-off: 16.45 (16.45 GMT)
Expected weather: Turning cloudy, becoming breezy with a little rain late in the afternoon. High of just 8°C and a low of 4°C
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Mathieu Reynal (France), Nic Berry (Australia)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

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England hold off strong finishing Welsh in thriller

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 17:00

SIX NATIONS REPORT: England held on in the face of a strong finish by Wales to go two-from-two.

After going up 12-0, with two impressive tries inside the first quarter, England was subjected to a Welsh team that became stronger with every passing minute - and was particularly dangerous in the final 10 minutes.

However, those two tries proved enough, as Wales could only produce a penalty in each half - leaving England with a 12-6 win.

Jonny May scored a pair of first-half tries as the reigning champions cashed in on two moments of brilliance at a rain-swept Twickenham.

The wing struck as early as the third minute after an excellent cross-field grubber-kick by Owen Farrell and was on hand to complete a 25-phase move following a superb pass out of the tackle by Joe Launchbury in the 20th minute.

Wales's Gareth Anscombe scored the only points of the second half, after England replacement Sam Underhill had made a try-saving tackle, but his 77th-minute penalty was too little too late for the visitors.

The victory made it two wins out of two for England, bidding to become the first team to win three successive outright Six Nations titles.

Wales suffered a huge setback shortly before Saturday's kick-off when ace goalkicker Leigh Halfpenny, who scored 24 points in a 34-7 thrashing of Scotland in Cardiff last weekend, was ruled out amid reports he had a foot infection.

His place at fullback was taken by Anscombe.

England made two changes from the side that overwhelmed Italy 46-15 in Rome.

Danny Care started in place of the injured Ben Youngs and so became England's most-capped scrum-half, surpassing World Cup winner Matt Dawson's record of 77 Tests, while centre Jonathan Joseph replaced Ben Te'o.

England used a wet pitch to brilliant effect as they went 5-0 up.

Anthony Watson challenged Wales fly-half Rhys Patchell for a high ball and knocked it back. Farrell's raking kick then slid across the turf into a vast unprotected space, with May outpacing the retreating cover.

Inside centre Farrell's conversion attempt from out on the left sailed past the right post.

Novice No.10 Patchell had been told to expect plenty of "heat" by England coach Eddie Jones even before he was given kicking duties in Halfpenny's absence.

His confidence would not have been helped when he missed his first shot at goal, pushing a 40-metre penalty from a central position wide.

England started to get the better of a bruising battle up front, the forwards setting up a series of drives close to the Welsh line before sustained phase play ended with Launchbury sending left wing May in for his second try.

This time Farrell landed a difficult touchline conversion and England were 12-0 up in the 20th minute.

Wales tried to hit back but Anscombe had a try disallowed in a tight call by New Zealand television match official Glenn Newman, who ruled he had knocked-on trying to ground the ball.

An earlier England infringement allowed Patchell to kick a simple penalty that cut the hosts' lead to nine points.

Wales kicked a penalty for an attacking line-out following a flare-up between the packs but squandered a promising position with a knock-on by prop Samson Lee in sight of the try-line and England turned around 12-3 ahead.

England replaced No.8 Sam Simmonds with Underhill at the break while early in the second half Jack Nowell came on after Watson appeared to suffer a hamstring injury.

Wales's blindside flanker Aaron Shingler made a great break but he kicked when he might have passed and Wales, to make matters worse, conceded a penalty at an ensuing ruck.

The Welsh were struggling to control what possession they had and in the 56th minute Patchell was replaced by powerhouse wing George North, with Anscombe moving to fly-half.

England continued to force turnovers and was still two scores ahead going into the final quarter of the match.

Wales did then manage to string a move together but a brilliant cover tackle in the corner by Underhill denied centre Scott Williams what seemed a certain try.

England won the subsequent line-out but Wales were soon back in their 22 only for another knock-on to cost them dear.
Anscombe cut the deficit but England capped a fine defensive display to see out the game.

Man of the match: Gareth Anscombe proved to be a real threat when he was moved from fullback to flyhalf in the second half, while flanks Josh Navidi and Aaron Shingler were also very impressive. The Owen Farrell and George Ford combination was crucial, but it was England fullback Mike Brown who had the most impressive day at the office.

The scorers:

For England:
Tries:
May 2
Cons: Farrell

For Wales:
Pens:
Patchell, Anscombe

Teams:

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Danny Care, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Chris Robshaw, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Maro Itoje, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Mako Vunipola.    
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Harry Williams, 19 George Kruis, 20 Sam Underhill, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Ben Te'o, 23 Jack Nowell.

Wales: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Josh Adams, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Cory Hill, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rob Evans.
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Bradley Davies, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Owen Watkin, 23 George North.

Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Mathieu Reynal (France), Nic Berry (Australia)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

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Jonny May (2min) and Jonny May (19min)
TRIES
Owen Farrell (20min)
CONVERSIONS
 
PENALTIES
Rhys Patchell (23min) and Gareth Anscombe (76min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Twickenham Stadium
REFEREE Jérôme Garcès (France)