England beat Wales twice in one day

Antonio JonesFeb 13, 2017

Bristol player and Wales captain Carys Phillips has been an abrasive presence at hooker and will be key to closing down the ball-carrying influence of Bristol and England skipper Sarah Hunter from No. 8.

They have always been a hit-and-miss side, but they don't tend to react well when losing from winning positions - and there is little doubt they felt the ref was against them last week - and last season's results in this competition hammers that home.

"I think in that game they were relentless and they were passionate". They will need more than commitment in the next round against a resurgent Scotland.

"You can sense it and we know as players during the build-up to Wales-England games that's the one the fans look forward to the most".

Eddie Jones suggested he could make a number of changes to his England side for the Six Nations clash with Italy in a fortnight. "When the opportunity came, they took it".

Former Ireland wing Shane Horgan, speaking on RTE after yesterday's game, said England were lacking in creative outlets in their conservative approach to yesterday's game in Cardiff, with Wales in the lead and in control with just minutes remaining.

Wales took their talents to Rome where they started slowly but after the arrival of nippy replacement five eighths Sam Davies got their game together and spanked Italy.

Ben Te'o came on late for England playing in the midfield, he made some crucial carries sparking his side's attack in the final moments of the match.

It remained in the balance until the dying minutes, but proved a tale of heartbreak for Wales as all their hard work was undone by Daly.

It leaves the 2016 Grand Slam champions only two wins short of New Zealand's world record winning run and coach Jones said: "The improvement has been enormous but I went through it with the staff and we were talking about the gap between us and New Zealand".

The Northampton hooker had the ball ripped from him by Biggar as England were threatening midway through the first-half and was replaced by Jamie George in the 49th minute.

"Intensity, physicality, flashes of brilliance and late drama - it had everything you could want", he said.

Sure, it had its faults but it was as impressive as we had a right to expect from the underdogs.

It wasn't a pretty game but they kept their discipline, their pack looked cohesive, and they sliced England open on a couple of occasions before ole' dependable Mike Brown stemmed the tide.

Perhaps now they have the belief, too.

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