A maul contest between England and Wales. Photo Courtesy Autumn Nations

England defeat Wales in Autumn Nations Cup

England secured a 24-13 win over Wales to top their Autumn Nations Cup pool and set up a finals game at Twickenham Stadium.

After wins over Georgia and Ireland, England travelled to Parc y Scarlet in Llanelli and relied on another dominant defensive performance along with a tactical kicking game to secure an eighth Test win in a row.

England, who have now won nine of their last 12 Tests against Wales, started the match on the front foot dominating possession but Wales who took the lead on 10 minutes. Henry Slade’s kick was charged down inside the hosts’ half and after Dan Biggar hacked the bouncing ball forward, Johnny Williams managed to kick it on again and then place down for the first points of the game.

England were on the board four minutes later after an initial break by Sam Underhill saw Kyle Sinckler go close to crossing, but the ball was spun wide and Slade strolled in unopposed.

In a game dominated largely by defence and a tactical kicking game, England took the lead for the first time when Owen Farrell knocked over a penalty on 30 minutes, and he repeated the feat just before the break for an 11-7 half-time lead.

A series of pick and drives close to the line brought England’s second try with Mako Vunipola spinning out of the initial hit to dive over for his first international score since 2014, Farrell converting.

Two penalties from Biggar got Wales to within five points, but after a deliberate knock-on by Elliot Daly, Farrell knocked over his third penalty to extend England’s lead to two scores.

A superb Jack Willis turnover secured England another kickable penalty which Farrell slotted as he took his personal haul to 14 points on the day.

Eddie Jones’ side will now face the winner of Pool B in the final of the Autumn Nations Cup game at Twickenham Stadium next Sunday at 14:00 GMT, with Scotland currently sitting top, but if France beat Italy on Saturday evening then it will be a game against Les Bleus.


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