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Halfpenny ruled out of England clash in huge blow for Wales

11 February, 2018, 05:02 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Wales unchanged for Twickenham challenge

The TMO, though, somehow saw it differently, and Wales had to settle for just three points. This time around it was the television match official (TMO) who came between Wales and a famous victory.

Jonny May scored his first Six Nations tries as a powerful opening quarter set England on their way to a 12-6 win over Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.

An increasingly enterprising Wales could not find another score, though, as Jones's men held on. A mention, too, to Sam Underhill for his incredible last-ditch tackle which saved a certain Sam Williams try in the second half.

It could have been very different if a first-half try from Gareth Anscombe was counted.

Only time will tell if the England coach's attempts to undermine Warren Gatland's team by deploying a series of verbal barbs - notably that fly-half Patchell lacks experience to run a major global and lock Jones went too far in berating referee Pascal Gaüzère at the end of Wales' opening win over Scotland - but on the surface all seemed fairly serene as the visitors prepared to try to repeat their memorable 2015 World Cup triumph at Twickenham. A Grand Slam decider between the two in just over a month remains a possibility.

Warren Gatland claims TMO Glenn Newman made "a awful mistake" in not awarding a try to Wales.

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones laid claim to the moral high ground ahead of Saturday's big Six Nations Championship match at Twickenham, by thanking Eddie Jones for raising the subject of his "intimidating" behaviour with World Rugby.

Halfpenny's goalkicking was also missed, as flyhalf Patchell missed an early penalty opportunity before turning down a couple of others that Halfpenny would have considered regulation.

England will be enthused by the manner of their start and the individual performances posted by Mike Brown and Owen Farrell. He effortlessly plucked kick after kick out of the air to stymie Wales and launch counterattacks. "Everyone else that I've spoken to who have seen it, [said] it looked like a clear try". "That was kind of what hurt us a little bit".

They carried with the kind of intensity that allowed the Welsh defence minimal time to settle, and a period of pressure led to a break by Farrell, who then sent a looping pass from the next play into the arms of Joe Launchbury. The disbelieving visitors were forced to settle for a Patchell penalty. "He clearly has hit hand on the ball. He's got time to make a decision, and if he can't make the right decision then what do we do?"

Anscombe moved to his preferred No. 10 position, and Josh Adams shifted from wing to fullback.

Farrell converted to make it 12-0 to England after 20 minutes but Rhys Patchell got a penalty back for Wales after they had a try controversially ruled out to make it...

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.


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