England edge Wales in Six Nations

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By 2018-02-12

Jonny May scored a pair of first-half tries as reigning champions England cashed in on two moments of brilliance before defending superbly to beat Wales 12-6 in the Six Nations at a rain swept Twickenham on Saturday.

The wing struck as early as the third minute after an excellent cross-field grubber-kick by Owen Farrell and was on hand to complete a 25-phase move following a superb pass out of the tackle by Joe Launch bury in the 20th minute.

Wales's Gareth Anscombe scored the only points of the second half, after England replacement Sam Underhill had made a try-saving tackle, but his 77th-minute penalty was too little too late for the visitors.

Victory made it two wins out of two for England, bidding to become the first team to win three successive outright Six Nations titles.

But defeat was tough on a Wales side who had a try disallowed by the video referee in a desperately close call. "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.
"It's great to see that when we're not quite at our best we are getting the results." Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones said his side had paid heavily for a sluggish start.

"We were slow out the blocks, after that first 20 minutes we got a foothold in the game," said the lock.

Wales suffered a huge setback shortly before Saturday's kick-off when ace goal kicker Leigh Halfpenny, who scored 24 points in a 34-7 thrashing of Scotland in Cardiff last weekend, was ruled out with a foot infection.

His place at fullback was taken by Anscombe. England made two changes from the side that overwhelmed Italy 46-15 in Rome.
Danny Care started in place of the injured Ben Youngs and so became England's most-capped scrum-half, surpassing World Cup winner Matt Dawson's record of 77 Tests, while centre Jonathan Joseph replaced Ben Te'o.

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