Gatland rues 'terrible mistake' not to award Wales a try against England

Gatland rues 'terrible mistake' not to award Wales a try against England

Wales' missed touch handed England their key scoring opportunity and, after pinpoint long passes from George Ford and Farrell, Daly finished the decisive score by out-pacing Alex Cuthbert.

England has now won 15 successive home fixtures in the Six Nations and the odds have shortened on a Grand Slam being up for grabs for both sides when Ireland visits Twickenham in the final round next month.

Wales come into this match on the back of thrashing Scotland 34-7 in Cardiff, a match where Patchell impressed in his first Six Nations start following injuries to first-choice Wales fly-halves Dan Biggar and Rhys Priestland.

He struggled to navigate into some better position throughout the 80 minutes as well and his performance was typical of Wales' all-round mediocre showing which cost them the game.

"It was a good old-fashioned arm wrestle today but we're getting good at winning those arm wrestles", England coach Eddie Jones told the BBC.

Another good game and a win by England will not surprise anyone considering its dominance in recent times but if the game goes the other way, it would add credence to the claim by Gatland that his boys would lift the trophy this year. Some of the girls have never played a tournament for England before, never mind an away game, so there are lots of lessons that we'll carry with us through the rest of the tournament.

We have spoken this week about being clinical and taking our chances and having to step up from last week to improve again this week.

His place at fullback was taken by Anscombe.

"George Ford has played 41 tests and he's got Owen Farrell next to him who's played 54 tests and he's got Danny Care inside him, playing his 78th worldwide", Jones said.

"They are really going to test us". Farrell's raking kick then slid across the turf into a vast unprotected space, with May outpacing the retreating cover.




The Welsh Rugby Union confirmed Halfpenny's absence.

"I'm not 6ft 8ins and I'm not 125 kilos, so when you come in you've all got your traits and handling is something I like to do".

If it wasn't for the fact that Eddie Jones is Australian and Warren Gatland from New Zealand, you'd call them two British bulldogs.

An earlier England infringement allowed Patchell to kick a simple penalty as England turned around 12-3 ahead.

8 Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs 4 caps).

Wales's blindside flanker Aaron Shingler made a great break but Wales conceded a penalty at an ensuing ruck. But there were positives for the Welsh camp from the way that they reacted.

With a try looking absolutely certain, Sam Underhill pulled off an absolutely incredible last-ditch tackle out of nowhere to prevent Wales from getting back into the game.

Wales fought hard in the second half but Eddie Jones' team held firm to secure a 12-6 victory at Twickenham.

Dylan Hartley has a fine record as England captain and is viewed as an expert in communicating with referees.

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