England vs Wales 2018 NatWest 6 Nations.
England vs Wales 2018 Six Nations
Following England’s comprehensive 46-15 victory over Italy last weekend, they aimed to go one step further in the hunt for another Six Nations title as they fought Wales on Saturday.
Two early tries from England’s Jonny May set up a hard-fought 12-6 victory over Wales at Twickenham. May crossed twice in the first half to help sweep the champions 12-0 ahead in the 20th minute, but Warren Gatland’s men bravely clawed their way back into a captivating test played in treacherous conditions.
England would turn around 12-3 in front, but they would need to draw on every ounce of their defensive fortitude to maintain that lead as a bitterly cold wind swirled around Twickenham in the second half. They would also need to call on their reserve, Sam Underhill and Jack Nowell were both called on early in the second half, as Chris Robshaw spent much of the second half packing down in the No.8 position at scrum time.
The Usual ‘Finishers’ – Jamie George, George Kruis, allied with a few less familiar faces provided ballast and impetus from the bench, a bit under 19 months from the Rugby World Cup in Japan, Eddie Jones is building his squad nicely.
Wales did not wilt nor did their heads drop after England’s rapid-fire start. They came close, very close to a try in the 23rd minute only for the TMO to rule against what looked like a legitimate touch down from Anscombe. Wales kept coming, England however kept resisting. Anscombes penalty in the 76th minute meant that his side need only a converted try to cause some upset. Somehow England held on.
England’s next fixture will be up against Scotland on the 24th of February at Murrayfield Stadium, who lost 34-7 to Wales in round one of the 2018 NatWest Six Nations. Wales have to beat Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on February 24th to stay in contention for the Six Nations title.