Match Report – England 33 – 30 Wales

England remain in the 2020 Six Nations title race after they secured a 33-30 victory over Wales at Twickenham in a tetchy encounter on Saturday.

Tries from Anthony Watson – playing his first game for England since the 2019 World Cup final on November 2 – Elliot Daly and Manu Tuilagi, in addition to a metronomic performance from the boot of skipper Owen Farrell saw Eddie Jones’ side clinch a first Triple Crown since 2016.

Wales had stuck in the contest via the kicking of Leigh Halfpenny and then Dan Biggar, before an outstanding Justin Tipuric try brought the game back to four points at the start of the second half.

Wayne Pivac’s charges couldn’t press on from there, however, and slipped to a third straight championship loss, despite facing 13 men for the final six minutes after Ellis Genge had been sin-binned and Manu Tuilagi red carded – harshly – for a shoulder charge on George North – the visitors registering late Biggar and Tipuric tries in that time.

England’s title fate now lies in the hands of unbeaten France, who face Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday, before they are due to host Ireland in Paris on Saturday, March 14 – a Test which could yet be postponed, just like England’s Round 5 encounter against Italy in Rome was.

More to follow…

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