The first half of the second game was lower scoring, but much better than Ireland vs. Italy. For most of the half, both sides managed to defend well, with only penalties getting through - it was 6-3 nearing half time. Then England had a good sequence of attack, putting pressure on the Welsh, inching toward the line with phase after phase. Haskell took the ball over on the last play of the half, the try was converted and England went into half time with a 10 point margin, 13-3.
England started the second half well, with a try from Danny Care - two tries whilst a welsh player was in the sin bin following a silly trip - one try before the break, one after.
After a sustained attack, Wales scored an excellent try, and converted to make the score 20-10.
James Hook got an excellent try in for Wales to take it to 20-17 - and then Delon Armitage got an interception, a very flat (but definitely legal) pass saw England running for the line and James Haskell got a second try. The conversion and a subsequent penalty saw England win 30-17.
A tight and tense match, good play from both sides and an England victory. Fantastic.
|Table Built: Saturday, 6 February 2010 18:50 UK|
As an aside, I really like the 'centenary' shirts which England were wearing - much better than some of the recent shirts, especially the 'Miss World Sash' shirt!