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Saturday 10 February 2018, 11:45am EST

England v Wales

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  • FT
  • Penalty GoalGareth Anscombe
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalRhys Patchell
  • ConversionOwen Farrell
  • TRY!Jonny May
  • TRY!Jonny May
  • KO


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Player Stats
Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
England T C P
15 Mike Brown 0 0 0
14 Anthony Watson 0 0 0
13 Jonathan Joseph 0 0 0
12 Owen Farrell 0 1 0
11 Jonny May 2 0 0
10 George Ford 0 0 0
9 Danny Care 0 0 0
1 Mako Vunipola 0 0 0
2 Dylan Hartley 0 0 0
3 Dan Cole 0 0 0
4 Joe Launchbury 0 0 0
5 Maro Itoje 0 0 0
6 Courtney Lawes 0 0 0
7 Chris Robshaw 0 0 0
8 Sam Simmonds 0 0 0
16 Jamie George 0 0 0
17 Alec Hepburn 0 0 0
18 Harry Williams 0 0 0
19 George Kruis 0 0 0
20 Sam Underhill 0 0 0
21 Richard Wigglesworth 0 0 0
22 Ben Te'o 0 0 0
23 Jack Nowell 0 0 0
Wales T C P
15 Gareth Anscombe 0 0 1
14 Josh Adams 0 0 0
13 Scott Williams 0 0 0
12 Hadleigh Parkes 0 0 0
11 Steff Evans 0 0 0
10 Rhys Patchell 0 0 1
9 Gareth Davies 0 0 0
1 Rob Evans 0 0 0
2 Ken Owens 0 0 0
3 Samson Lee 0 0 0
4 Cory Hill 0 0 0
5 Alun Wyn Jones 0 0 0
6 Aaron Shingler 0 0 0
7 Josh Navidi 0 0 0
8 Ross Moriarty 0 0 0
16 Elliot Dee 0 0 0
17 Wyn Jones 0 0 0
18 Tomas Francis 0 0 0
19 Bradley Davies 0 0 0
20 Justin Tipuric 0 0 0
21 Aled Davies 0 0 0
22 Owen Watkin 0 0 0
23 George North 0 0 0


Six Nations

5 England 86 10
2 Wales 81 15
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  • Two tries from Jonny May proved to be vital in the end for Eddie Jones' men, as England gritted out a 12-6 victory in the NatWest 6 Nations against a determined Welsh outfit who matched them blow-for-blow. Mike Brown delivered a masterclass at the back for the hosts, forcing the Dragons into errors on a slippy surface - whilst a TMO call against Gareth Anscombe and a superb tackle from Sam Underhill managed to stop them from crossing over the whitewash too. Warren Gatland will recoup his side in a fortnight for a trip across the sea to Ireland - whilst England travel north to Murrayfield to face Scotland. Until then however, thank you for joining us - and have a good weekend!
  • Wigglesworth zings a pass back to Farrell - who almost drops it! - and the England man punts the ball into touch for the full-time whistle! England win a pulsating NatWest 6 Nations encounter against Wales who pushed them close to the very end - and with their result, they keep their dreams of a third consecutive title alive! Full-time at Twickenham, it finishes England 12-6 Wales.
  • Penalty to England! The hosts successfully hold up Alun Wyn Jones in the tackle. Surely that's the game...
  • Penalty advantage to Wales for a high tackle by Te'o as Williams drills the ball out with a grubber on halfway. Anscombe puts it out on the 40m mark in his own half.
  • Wales are up to 19 phases and still trapped within their own half as the clock ticks into the final minute.
  • Farrell puts the restart long and England manages to pin Wales back to their own 25m area for the first 12 phases, keeping as rigid as they can in defence.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: England 12-6 Wales. Anscombe opts to go for goal and leave less than a converted try the difference. He slots it over between the posts to cut the gap to six points to set up a nail-biting final three minutes.
  • Penalty advantage to Wales now, as Anscombe sparks a wonderful counter that goes the length of the field. Parkes grubbers to the left corner for Steff Evans - and the winger kicks it out under pressure. 
  • Bradley Davies is on for Hill as England win the line-out - and then lose possession as Tipuric pulls off a brilliant steal.
  • A second great play from Brown in as many minutes as he manages to haul Anscombe into touch from five yards out after the Dragons man collected a high ball from Wigglesworth. Line-out to England, 25m out from the Welsh line.
  • Great work by Brown to keep a North kick in play, tipping it back to Nowell who cuts back to halfway to keep England moving forward.
  • May nearly squeaks past Aled Davies on the wing before Wales win the ball back under pressure on England's 22nd phase through a Francis counter-ruck.
  • England muster up a 15-phase play, piling on the pressure through Lawes and Itoje on the Welsh line.
  • Aled Davies replaces Gareth Davies in the halves for Wales now, whilst Ford and Launchbury make way for Ben Te'o and George Kruis as England continue to push downfield.
  • A promising scrum for England almost comes undone as Ford spills a ball backwards in a tackle from Dee, and Wigglesworth manages to recover some 20m back. The Welshman is deemed to have knocked the ball loose and England get a fresh scrum in midfield 30m out.
  • Two changes apiece for both sides now; Elliot Dee and Justin Tipuric on for Ken Owens and Moriarty, whilst Harry Williams and Richard Wigglesworth - playing for the first time since the World Cup - are on for Cole and Care.
  • Ford finds touch from the scrum on the other side of the field and Wales will reset their attack from the line-out on halfway.
  • Wales pin England's line-out back on the try-line and Care just manages to smuggle a kick downfield; the Dragons get the ball back from their own line-out and spread it right, only for Shingler to knock on under pressure.
  • What a tackle from Sam Underhill on Scott Williams! Wales break and sweep down the left, with the centre going low to slide in on the wet surface - and the England man somehow manages to get across himself to pull him out at the corner post. That could be a game-saver for the hosts.
  • Francis claims the ball as it squirts loose in the England tackle, only 40m out from their own line.
  • Rob Evans and Samson Lee are off now, with Wyn Jones and Tomas Francis on in their place.
  • The referee forces the scrum to reset after issues with both packs at the first attempt. Ford gets it at the second try amd puts a wonderful kick out, some 30m out from the Welsh line to put the visitors under pressure.
  • Patchell is the first change for the Dragons, replaced by George North.
  • Lee busts a tackle to lay down a platform for Anscombe to chip over for Moriarty; May harries him into a knock-on and England regain the ball 25m out from their own try-line.
  • Joseph picks up a loose ball after Patchell spills under pressure and England play themselves into the right-hand corner - only to concede a soft penalty for not releasing.
  • Hartley leaves in earnest this time as George takes his place proper. Wales force a line-out on halfway from their scrum but are unable to make decent headway under pressure from Care.
  • Both Nowell and Mako Vunipola look to push their way through the middle of the Welsh pack now, going through ten phases before the former knocks on in the tackle under pressure from Shingler 20m away from the try-line.
  • What a break from Aaron Shingler! The Welshman sweeps down the left wing and then back in-field - and then opts to grubber through to try and beat Care. The scrum-half is not fooled and collects before earning a penalty for coming in at the side.
  • Wales play themselves out of danger, aided by a Courtney Lawes fumble, and then Alun Wyn Jones forces a penalty for coming over the tackle from England.
  • Jack Nowell arrives now as Watson limps off, having suffered an injury whilst offloading to Cole. Ford puts a kick wide to the right, pinning Wales pack to their try-line with a line-out after Patchell misreads it.
  • Farrell pops off a wonderful pass in midfield for May who darts down the left, before England spread it wide for Watson. The winger cuts back inside and offloads to Cole, who knocks on, with Patchell punting the ball away to put distance between his try-line and the opposition.
  • We're back underway in London, with a change for England at half-time; Sam Simmonds, explosive against Italy, is replaced by Sam Underhill for the second half after picking up a knock late on.
  • Two tries for Jonny May seperate the two sides in London at the break - but the main talking point will be Gareth Anscombe's disallowed try after the Welshman's touchdown was ruled out by the TMO. The Dragons are very much still in the mix at a soaking Twickenham though; at half-time, it's England 12-3 Wales.
  • Davies puts the ball out in his own half with a short chip and the referee blows for half-time in what has been an absorbing, scruffy encounter in the rain in Twickenham.
  • Evans looks to find the gap out wide on the left and Watson doubles across to hold him back before he can make any distance. Care recovers the ball and puts it long to bury the ball in the Welsh half as the clock ticks over.
  • Care pumps the ball downfield from the base of the scrum to take the pressure off the England line and Wales require Moriarty to tidy it up around the 40m mark of their own half after Hadleigh Parkes almost fumbles it.
  • Wales look to force the scrum around as England restart but the referee instead orders it be reset with a penalty advantage to England.
  • Cory Hill wins the line-out for Wales and the Dragons play out a 10-phase set camped on the England line, before Samson Lee drops a sitter of a pass from Aaron Shingler out wide on the left.
  • No cards are shown for this scuffle as the referee ways down the law and Patchell opts to go for touch rather than goal.
  • Penalty to Wales now, as Hartley comes over the top, sparking a round of rough-and-tumble between both sets of players.
  • Dan Cole drives down the middle before Farrell puts a high crossfield kick to the right for Watson; Anscombe meets him in the air and both miss as they clash with Evans recovering the ball in the end.
  • Brown spills the ball as he takes a running leap under pressure from Adams looking for a Gareth Davies kick and Wales will get the scrum on halfway.
  • Free-kick to Wales now after England try to narrow the line-out. Moriarty chases Patchell's effort and Brown just gets there before he can, slipping it away to Maro Itoje.
  • Ford and Adams exchange long kicks as they look to put each other under pressure, before the former returns an ad-hoc punt by Evans out for a line-out.
  • Wales are almost undone from the restart as George Ford drills a grubber to the right looking for Watson, only for it to trickle dead for a line-out just before he can get there.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: England 12-3 Wales. Patchell doesn't miss this time, as his much closer effort sails between the posts.
  • No try! That is a massive let-off for England as Anscombe is deemed to have not grounded the ball cleanly. Penalty advantage means Wales will regain the ball - and they will go for the three points in front of the sticks this time.
  • Are Wales in here? With penalty advantage, the Dragons put a kick in for Evans in the left corner. The ball comes off his knee as Care sweeps across and, from the rebound, both Anscombe and Watson appear to ground the ball at the same time. The TMO will have a look...
  • A penalty for Wales straight from the kick-off puts Ross Moriarty close to the England try-line as the hosts fail to collect cleanly from the restart.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: England 12-0 Wales. Farrell doesn't miss this time and England have the extras.
  • Try
    TRY: England 10-0 Wales. What a cheeky offload from Launchbury! The lock gets a pass out wide from the combination of Care and Farrell and, under pressure, tips it back in for May to dive over for his second.
  • Joe Launchbury and Sam Simmonds both try to batter their way through on the 13th and 14th phases, as England play with a penalty advantage from five metres out. The Welsh defence holds firm though, a wall of red stopping the hosts from finding a way through.
  • England earn a penalty now as Anscombe is ruled to be off his feet and the hosts make easy metres downfield with a great line-out and a neat dummy from Danny Care.
  • Anscombe earns his side a line-out on their left flank thanks to a neat kick that bamboozles Jonathan Joseph and trickles out off the England man.
  • A great tackle from Farrell on Scott Williams sees the Welshman lose the ball and England get the scrum just inside their own half.
  • Hartley has passed his HIA and returns to take George's place as Wales win their line-out and and then earn a penalty from a Mike Brown turnover in midfield.
  • From the line-out, Ford pops a chip over which Farrell manages to collect from under the nose of Anscombe. Wales double back in defence at speed and manage to push England out wide for a line-out from a Farrell knock-on.
  • Evans puts a clearing kick out after a series of exchanges between Anscombe and Mike Brown, to take off the pressure as England press for a second. The ball is slipping around so far in the wet conditions.
  • Patchell's effort goes the distance - but the angle is off and England will drop out around the 20m mark instead.
  • Penalty to Wales now as England are caught offside just inside their own half. The visitors are going to go for goal, with Patchell on kicking duties today.
  • Try
    TRY: England 5-0 Wales. Jonny May gets his first Championship try! The winger chases an Owen Farrell grubber to the left corner and slides over in greasy conditions to open the scoring after Watson forced the mistake in midfield from Wales. Farrell pushes the conversion wide but the hosts have drawn first blood at Twickenham.
  • Hartley is actually taken off now for a head injury assessment and Jamie George takes his place. Patchell drills into the left corner from the scrum looking for Anscombe; Watson sweeps in and clears up.
  • Rhys Patchell gets this NatWest 6 Nations clash underway at Twickenham and his high kick is knocked on in rainy conditions by Anthony Watson under pressure to give it straight back to the Dragons. The visitors then get a penalty 20m out as Hartley fails to clear the ruck.
  • The teams are out in London and the national anthems are underway in full voice.
  • Steff Evans and Josh Navidi both had great games last time out against Scotland, with the former the only player to gain over 100 metres on the opening weekend and the latter winning three turnovers. In addition, Evans made three clean breaks; the joint-best for any player so far this campaign.
  • The Dragons haven't travelled great over the last two campaigns either, with a single win against Italy last year their only scalp; they have drawn once and lost the other three. Gatland is yet to beat Jones as England boss too; the Australian has also won against Wales as coach of the Wallabies and Japan too.
  • England have won their last 14 home games in the Championship, currently undefeated in six years. The last time they went down on their own patch was in 2012 – to Wales too, who remain the last side to beat them outright at home, during the 2015 Rugby World Cup as well.
  • Replacements: Elliot Dee, Wyn Jones, Tomas Francis, Bradley Davies, Justin Tipuric, Aled Davies, Owen Watkin, George North
  • Wales XV: Gareth Anscombe, Josh Adams, Scott Williams, Hadleigh Parkes, Steff Evans, Rhys Patchell, Gareth Davies; Rob Evans, Ken Owens, Samson Lee, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones (c), Aaron Shingler, Josh Navidi, Ross Moriarty
  • Replacements: Jamie George, Alec Hepburn, Harry Williams, George Kruis, Sam Underhill, Richard Wigglesworth, Ben Te'o, Jack Nowell
  • England XV: Mike Brown, Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, Owen Farrell, Jonny May, George Ford, Danny Care; Mako Vunipola, Dylan Hartley (c), Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, Chris Robshaw, Sam Simmonds
  • Other than that, it's an unchanged XV for the visitors, Gatland sticking with the side who kicked off with a win a week ago. England meanwhile make two alterations to their starting line-up; with Ben Youngs out for the foreseeable future with a knee injury, Danny Care steps up from the bench to become his country's most capped scrum-half in history, overtaking Matt Dawson with his 78th Test appearance. Jonathan Joseph is the other swap; he takes Ben Te'o's place, who drops to the bench.
  • Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny crossed the whitewash twice against Scotland to bring an international try-scoring drought to an end – but he is a late withdrawal for his side today, having picked up a foot infection. The Scarlets man pulled out of training yesterday with a then-unidentified illness; Gareth Anscombe therefore steps up from the bench to take his place; Owen Watkin replaces him in the replacements.
  • Eddie Jones' men never looked truly at risk of an upset as they romped to a 46-15 win at the Stadio Olimpico, with a pair of early tries for winger Anthony Watson giving them the edge from early doors. They will have to sharpen up against Warren Gatland's side though; the Dragons ran roughshod over much fancied opposition in Cardiff last Saturday, with a 34-7 victory. Five of the last seven Championship matches between these two have been decided by the margin of a converted try or less; this game has all the makings of another close encounter.
  • Hello and welcome, from around the world, to the second weekend of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations, as England face off against Wales at Twickenham. The visitors put Scotland through the wringer last week at the Principality Stadium whilst their hosts ultimately ran out comfortable victors against Italy in Rome – but which of them will keep their perfect start intact today as they hunt the Championship crown?

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