England (21) 33
Tries: B Vunipola, Cokanasiga, Cowan-Dickie Cons: Ford (3) Pens: Ford (3) Drop: Daly
Wales (7) 19
Tries: G Davies, North, W Jones Cons: Anscombe, Biggar
England started their World cup warm up games in style with an emphatic victory over the World number two side and this years Grand Slam winners Wales at Twickenham.
The welsh who were favourites going into the game after naming a strong side, looked tired and sluggish from the start often looking to catch their breath at every opportunity. With a lot of talk coming out of our hard the Wales side had been working during their camps in Switzerland and Cardiff they didn’t look like a team aiming for the World’s number one tag following the shock defeat of New Zealand 24 hours earlier.
With this being the final chance for the England players to impress and force their way on to the plane to Japan as Eddie Jone’s names his final squad on Monday.
After naming what was a relatively inexperienced side, the hosts got off to a fantastic start with an early try from number eight Billy Vunipola (pictured) after some excellent work from flanker Tom Curry and winger Anthony Watson who was playing his first England game for nearly 18 months.
Next up, England debutant Willi Heinz, found the gap to be brought down just a metre short, only for winger Joe Cokanasiga to pick up and force his way over the line. George Ford added his second conversion to an earlier penalty and England found themselves in a commanding lead.
The welsh did find a way back into the game thanks to an excellent solo try from the experienced Gareth Davies, who picked the ball up from a scrum, before darting around the back and producing to world class side steps to leave England defenders clutching at thin air as he crossed for a converted try.
As Wales started to claw their way back into he game, a mistake from veteran forward Ken Owens on the stoke of half time gave England a crucial score. Camped on their own line, with a welsh line out Owens misjudged his throw in and only found his opposite number Cowan-Dickie who simply had to fall over the try line for his first try in an England shirt and make the half time score 21-7.
The second half saw a much more confident Wales side as they started to compete at the break down and build pressure on the England try line, which eventually saw George North crash over to close the gap. With the Welsh on the front foot they continued to grow into the game and cut the deficit to just five points when Wyn Jones barged over after a good run from centre Hadleigh Parkes.
However, despite the good work some uncharacteristic indiscipline from the welsh saw gifted England a number of penalties within the range of Ford’s boot who kept his record flawless with three second have kicks at goal, before Elliot Daly snuck a cheeky drop goal over with minutes remaining to give the English a 33-19 victory.
England: Daly; Cokanasiga, Joseph, Francis, Watson; Ford, Heinz; Genge, Cowan-Dickie, Cole, Launchbury, Ewels, Ludlam, T Curry, B Vunipola.
Replacements: Tuilagi for Francis (74), Youngs for Heinz (50), H Williams for Cole (53), Singleton for Launchbury (79), Kruis for Ludlam (69), Lawes for T Curry (29), Marchant for Jospeh (79). Not Used: Marler.
Wales: L. Williams, North, J. Davies, Parkes, Adams, Anscombe, G. Davies, Smith, Owens, Francis, Beard, A. Jones, Wainwright, Tipuric, Moriarty.