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England’s ambition of creating a contemporary begin on their return to Twickenham failed to provide the hoped-for fireworks however they no less than had the resilience to dig out a 16-14 victory over Wales.
For the primary time in Six Nations historical past, Warren Gatland’s group led on the interval of their nice rival’s stronghold after storming 14-5 forward by way of a penalty try to Alex Mann contact down.
However the favourites hit again when Fraser Dingwall went over within the left nook earlier than George Ford stepped as much as land the decisive penalty within the 72nd minute, rewarding a extra polished second half.
Relive all of the motion from Twickenham within the weblog under:
George Ford slays the dragon however scrappy England win gained’t go down in folklore
‘Twas George who slayed the dragon. This was hardly the stuff of legend that has made this nice rivalry a Six Nations fixture of folklore however a fitful, flawed encounter at all times appeared prone to come all the way down to who struck final. And it was England fly half George Ford who discovered the ultimate three, the essential factors from the tee struck 9 minutes from time, the sword of Ford piercing Welsh hearts on a day the place Warren Gatland’s children gave England an almighty fright.
This callow unit had seemed unlikely to turn out to be the primary Welsh facet to win on this Cabbage Patch within the Six Nations for greater than a decade however gave England all they’d. Certainly, however for a lack of self-discipline within the second half they could even have conquered England’s fort, which by no means turned the quaking cauldron promised.
However Welsh self-discipline slipped on the essential second. Between the 21st minute of final week’s defeat to Scotland and the 42nd right here, Wales had gone 101 minutes with out conceding a penalty, a frankly outstanding run with out blemish that gave option to a pock-marked second-half efficiency right here.
Full report from Harry Latham-Coyle at Twickenham:
Luke Baker10 February 2024 18:57
Jamie George on England’s subsequent fixture towards Scotland
“Crucial factor is we are able to’t get forward of ourselves. We have to use this fallow week to get higher, as a result of we’re going to must get higher going as much as Murrayfield. We consider in what we’re doing, we consider within the England approach and we need to continue to grow. We’ve bought the proper folks in place to continue to grow.”
Borthwick mentions that George Martin might nicely be again within the combine for that Scotland fixture in a fortnight’s time, and mentions Manu Tuilagi and Luke Cowan-Dickie as two others who aren’t distant.
Harry Latham-Coyle10 February 2024 19:42
Steve Borthwick on England’s win
“I feel the very first thing we take from there’s that there’s a group right here that stays within the combat and finds a approach. The largest lesson right here is the trait that the gamers are creating in themselves, which is one which stays within the combat.
“What I noticed was a supporter base that caught with this group because it discovered a approach by way of the sport. You take a look at the primary half, the group did a number of good issues, however disappointingly we had a penalty rely that was six-zero at half time, and two sin bins. It might have been 7-all within the thirty fifth minute. What I sensed at half time was calm, composure, and nice management from Jamie to discover a approach within the second half.”
On going to the kicking recreation extra within the second half: “I feel final weekend towards Italy we went to the sting 17 instances in assault. As we speak, on a greasy day, we weren’t too far in need of that. We’ve proven growth. I feel they kicked one or two instances greater than we did immediately. I feel the France-Scotland recreation had 82 kicks in it. It’s part of the sport as it’s proper now. We’ve talked about how the sport must create area, and we are able to discuss what might occur one other time to create more room.”
Harry Latham-Coyle10 February 2024 19:35
Warren Gatland on Tommy Reffell
“One of many issues that we now have tried to deal with with Tommy Reffell is getting him being comfy getting the ball in his fingers a bit extra. We noticed that final week and once more immediately. He’s beginning to get a pleasant stability in his recreation, and I feel that may take him to the subsequent degree. He simply retains going for 80 minutes.”
Harry Latham-Coyle10 February 2024 19:15
Warren Gatland on Wales’ defeat
The Wales head coach says: “It’s fairly disappointing actually. I’m pleased with the efficiency and the hassle of the gamers on the market, I’m disillusioned we didn’t come away with a win. It’s in all probability a part of the journey we’re on as a group however we should always have gained that recreation. We made a couple of errors within the second half that allowed them possession and territory. I stated to the group, ‘we’re not there, however we’re going to be a bloody good group’. As we speak will probably be part of that.
“Typically it takes time. I’m not going to be vital of any people as a result of I’ve been by way of this earlier than with totally different groups. They’ve made a number of progress in the previous couple of weeks and we put ourselves ready to win, however we didn’t. We didn’t get the rub of the inexperienced within the second half, however that’s simply rugby.”
Harry Latham-Coyle10 February 2024 19:13
Wales captain Dafydd Jenkins reacts to England defeat
Wales got here up simply quick at Twickenham and right here’s what skipper Dafydd Jenkins needed to say to ITV after the sport.
Jenkins stated: “Completely gutted, that recreation was there for us to win and we didn’t take it. We weren’t correct sufficient, I’m actually disillusioned.
“If you come to Twickenham you recognize it’s going to be a bodily battle and it’s a must to match them, I don’t assume we did that.
“I don’t assume we are able to use being a younger group as an excuse, if we’re right here, we’re ok. I feel we’ve created the probabilities however we simply weren’t correct when ending.”
Luke Baker10 February 2024 19:03
Ben Earl reacts to slim England win at Twickenham
England No 8 and participant of the match Ben Earl stated to ITV: “That was a correct Check match. It got here all the way down to the advantageous margins, the ball was in play for a very long time, the boys dug in and we’re actually happy.
“We rode it out with 13 males to a sure diploma within the first half. We’ve been talking about an id and we preserve constructing that – we’re actually happy. We try to impose ourselves on each aspect of the sport, Freddie Steward was world-class immediately.
“In defence, our line-speed in most components was distinctive. In assault, we need to transfer the ball and immediately we made good strides with that.
“I assume essentially the most thrilling factor is we now have not even scratched the floor. We relaxation up for a few days then get again to work.”
Luke Baker10 February 2024 19:02
England 16-14 Wales
Freddie Steward was sometimes immense within the air tonight for England each in defence and assault. A sterling efficiency by the complete again.
Luke Baker10 February 2024 18:45
Engladn 16-14 Wales
Right here was that Fraser Dingwall attempt that minimize England’s deficit to at least one level earlier than George Ford’s penalty gave them a lead they may maintain on to.
Luke Baker10 February 2024 18:44
FULL-TIME! England 16-14 Wales
Not at all times fairly however England grind out a win they usually’re two from two on this yr’s Six Nations. A second-half comeback they usually head into the remaining week completely satisfied.
Earl and Dingwall with the tries for England and the boot of Ford was nearly sufficient
Luke Baker10 February 2024 18:39