Wales assistant coach Neil Jenkins has pinpointed his side’s discipline as the key to winning amid an “edge” and “confrontation” between the sides, but Eddie Jones maintains his side are cautious about the potential for Alun Wyn Jones to wind up his players: “At times, he (Alun Wyn Jones) has targeted players in our team. We’ve spoken about him and we understand what he will be trying to do. It’s just about making sure we maintain our composure and our control.”
But Jenkins has denied that would be the case: “I don’t think so. The game is the game. Things are going to happen, people get on edge, there are going to be confrontations. That’s the reality. There is going to be edge tomorrow, there is no doubting that, but the reality is we have got to keep our discipline as well, keep 15 players on the pitch, back our systems and not give England easy ins. I have no doubt there are going to be some altercations, but let’s hope they are disciplined ones and it’s not on our side, anyway. You have got to have a disciplined edge. Any Wales-England game is huge. It’s what it is all about. It’s a game like no other.”
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FULL TIME! WALES 40-24 ENGLAND
TRY! WALES 40-24 England (Cory Hill, 79 minutes)
THAT WILL DO IT!
An excellent Welsh scrum lays the runway for Willis Halaholo to take off and he nearly flies right through the English midfield, but the momentum is all with Wales as the forwards get back to their feet and pour around the corner.
Cory Hill is the tallest of a forest of bodies waiting for a pass and has plenty enough timber to propel his long limbs to the line for the score to seal it beneath the posts. The conversion goes over, and though we will have time for the restart, that will be that.
Wales 33-24 England, 78 minutes
BUT WALES NEARLY SCORE!
England initially attack well but are over-ambitious as they try to go blind, and Callum Sheedy shoots out of the line with a sticky right arm that snatches the ball from the air.
Louis Rees-Zammit is outside him but Sheedy opts to toe it ahead and allow his gas-man to get after it, Rees-Zammit comfortable out-stripping Jonny May. Owen Farrell has the angle but won’t get there, but Rees-Zammit is defeated by the bounce of the ball! Not once, but twice in fact, sliced from the foot and the knee and spinning agonisingly out of reach within sniffing distance of the line. England knock-on, so the game is virtually done, but that would have properly sealed it. Wales scrum five metres out.
Wales 33-24 England, 76 minutes
England try to counter but Adams is again the man on the spot to chop down Henry Slade.
Penalty against Wales, and England will have to score from this, you’d think…
Wales 33-24 England, 75 minutes
Final throws of the dice for England, now, with Max Malins into the game for Elliot Daly.
The ball springs free and Josh Adams thumps it away.
PENALTY! WALES 33-24 England (Callum Sheedy penalty, 74 minutes)
Pinpoint perfection from Callum Sheedy, a touch of draw initially and then holding its line to bisect the two uprights. Nine points looks a large margin as time continues to tick away.
Wales 30-24 England, 73 minutes
Penalty to Wales again!
Dan Robson is the man spotlighted this time, Pascal Gauzere correctly spotting he has changed his retreating line to block Louis Rees-Zammit’s chase.
Callum Sheedy will aim another penalty for the uprights. This would probably seal it. It’s on the right, about 40 metres out…
Wales 30-24 England, 72 minutes
Again England’s ill-discipline costs them. A chance to put pressure on Wales’ exit is wasted as Charlie Ewels is thrown across the lineout. Penalty to Wales, who kick away.
James Botham enters the fray in the Welsh back row.
Wales 30-24 England, 71 minutes
Two changes for England as Dan Robson and Ben Earl, two men capable of adding some thrust, come on at scrum-half and on the flank.
Henry Slade pokes a nice kick towards the corner but England are running out of chances.
PENALTY! WALES 30-24 England (Callum Sheedy penalty, 70 minutes)
This is turning into an excellent performance from the bench by Sheedy, again nerveless withe boot as he widens the Welsh lead.