Wales win Triple Crown with controversial victory over England
Josh Adams and Liam Williams scored hotly-disputed first-half tries for the hosts however the sport was stage going into the ultimate quarter after tries for Anthony Watson and Ben Youngs for the defending champions.
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England’s self-discipline, horrible from the primary whistle, got here again to hang-out them, nonetheless, as Callum Sheedy landed three penalties.
Cory Hill completed issues off with a late strive as Wales secured a bonus level and the Triple Crown after earlier wins over Eire and Scotland.
Having come into the Championship on the again of a really poor 2020, they high the standings on 14 factors with video games towards France and Italy to come back.
France, whose match towards Scotland on Sunday has been postponed because of COVID-19, are second on 9 factors from their two wins. Eire, who beat Italy earlier on Saturday, are third on seven factors, with England trailing on six after two defeats.
Wales led 17-14 at half-time via two of essentially the most controversial tries seen for a few years within the championship.
The primary got here when England have been breaking out of a huddle after the referee had instructed captain Owen Farrell to handle his gamers, and so they have been unprepared for quick-thinking Dan Biggar’s kick to the nook that Adams collected in acres of house.
Farrell’s complaints have been brushed away by French referee Pascal Gauzere and the captain was fuming once more when Louis Rees-Zammit appeared to knock on — he actually thought he had — earlier than Williams scooped up the unfastened ball to attain.
The TMO dominated that there was no knock-on because of the ball hitting the younger winger’s foot, although pundits, together with former British and Irish Lions captains Martin Johnson and Sam Warburton, appeared cut up on the technicality of the offence.
Farrell’s penalties stored England in contact and late within the half they constructed an attacking platform and moved the ball large for Watson to ship his trademark step to evade a clutch of defenders.
The Welsh lead was stretched to 10 factors once more quickly after the restart when scrum-half Kieran Hardy caught the guests napping once more with a faucet and go penalty.
England stored calm, nonetheless, and began to play their greatest rugby of the championship. They have been rewarded when Wales’ defence was stretched skinny and it was Youngs’ flip to play the sharp scrum-half, throwing a dummy to scamper over.
Farrell transformed — bringing him as much as his 1,000th worldwide level — to stage the scores. Nonetheless, it was English indiscipline that settled the problem as they gave away three extra penalties that alternative Sheedy gleefully transformed into 9 factors, with Hill burrowing over for the fourth strive on the dying.
“We are going to take the win, it’s a huge achievement for the group, we’re actually happy with the end result,” Wales No.8 Taulupe Faletau mentioned.
“We took our probabilities once they happened and we’re happy with that. The group have been tighter than within the final Six Nations and that helps within the robust battles.”
Farrell was requested concerning the refereeing choices.
“There is no such thing as a level in speaking about it now. That’s for everybody else to speak about. We are going to management what we will management,” he mentioned.
“I assumed the intent was good in the present day however we will not let groups off that many instances like we did. We bought our manner again into it in that second half and did not fairly end it off.”