England surprised many with a good win over serious Six Nations contenders, Wales. England, with this victory answered many critics and warned both Ireland and France by beating Wales 30-17 at Twickenham, London, on Saturday.
The match started as a very tight contest and strong forward battle with few scoring opportunities. The first scores on both sides were penalties at goal.
Scoring two tries in a five-minute period either side of half-time, while Wales were reduced to 14 men, Martin Johnson’s men proved the bookmakers wrong. It did require a late rally against a Welsh team that came back stronger in the second half, but in the end it was a Welsh mistake that handed the home team the winning score.
This victory has proven that discipline and a good kicker are essential ingredients for success in rugby competitions in 2010!
Tries: Haskell 2, Care,
Cons: Wilkinson 3
Pens: Wilkinson 3
Tries: A Jones, Hook
Cons: S Jones 2
Pen: S Jones
Yellow card: Alun-Wyn Jones (Wales, 34 – foul play, tripping)
England: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Mark Cueto, 13 Mathew Tait, 12 Toby Flood, 11 Ugo Monye, 10 Jonny Wilkinson, 9 Danny Care, 8 Nick Easter, 7 Lewis Moody, 6 James Haskell, 5 Steve Borthwick (captain), 4 Simon Shaw, 3 David Wilson, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Tim Payne.
Replacements: 16 Steve Thompson, 17 Dan Cole, 18 Louis Deacon, 19 Steffon Armitage, 20 Paul Hodgson, 21 Shontayne Hape, 22 Ben Foden.
Wales: 15 Lee Byrne, 14 Tom James, 13 James Hook, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Gareth Cooper, 8 Ryan Jones (captain), 7 Martyn Williams, 6 Andy Powell, 5 Luke Charteris, 4 Alun-Wyn Jones, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Gareth Williams, 1 Paul James
Replacements: 16 Huw Bennett, 17 Rhys Gill, 18 Bradley Davies, 19 Jonathan Thomas, 20 Richard Rees, 21 Andrew Bishop, 22 Leigh Halfpenny
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ireland), Simon McDowell (Ireland)
TMO: Jim Yuille (Scotland