In another nail-biting Six Nations showdown, England once again showcased their resilience, battling back from a halftime deficit to clinch a hard-fought victory against a determined Wales side at Twickenham.
Following a familiar script from their previous match in Rome, England found themselves trailing at halftime as Wales capitalized with a penalty try and an Alex Mann score, threatening to upset the home team for the first time since 2015.
However, England rallied in the second half, with Fraser Dingwall’s try narrowing the deficit to just a point before George Ford’s decisive penalty secured the win.
With this victory, England surges to the top of the Six Nations standings, maintaining their perfect record in the tournament thus far. Meanwhile, Wales, despite suffering two consecutive defeats, managed to salvage a losing bonus point and hold onto fifth place.
Adding to the post-match jubilation, the England squad welcomed two familiar faces back into the fold, as retired internationals Courtney Lawes and Jonny May joined in the celebrations in the dressing room.
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“Hero to zero” – 5 England players who underperformed against Wales
Looking ahead to the next match against Scotland at Murrayfield in two weeks, we identify four players who may need to step out of the starting team.
#1. Ethan Roots
Evening Standard 6/10: “Showed his inexperience at the level for his yellow card, but recovered as the game progressed.”
Telegraph 5/10: “Struggled to match the heights of last week, losing the ball in contact deep inside the Welsh 22 before conceding a penalty and yellow card for killing a maul.”
Planet Rugby 4/10: “A great debut last week but not so good this time around. The yellow card was needless as all he had to do was hold them up as he had got onto the ball.”
RUCK 6/10: “Collapsed the maul as Wales trundle towards the goal-line. Awarded a yellow card as Wales get a penalty try. Provided a new role as a line out jumper at the back. Spilt the ball after 47 minute re-start. Didnt have the best game to build on his MOTM performance v Italy, but put in strong hits around the pitch. Off for Alex Coles (72)”