by Reece Chambers at the Principality Stadium
It wasn’t a classic, but Wales won’t care. Another win over the English at the Principality Stadium leaves the Welsh contingent of the crowd very happy.
Wales 13-6 England (FT)
England enter the Welsh 10 metre line for a line-out with just minutes remaining.
Wales win a scrum from the subsequent maul. Huge defence!
Wales 13-6 England (79min)
Halfpenny converts a penalty with ease for Wales. That’s Wales’ first points of the second-half.
Vital time to get on the board with just 4 minutes remaining.
Wales 13-6 England (76min)
We’re into the vital stages of the game now, with just 10 minutes remaining.
Just as I say that, we’re greeted by another scuffle on the pitch – who said this was just a warm-up?
Wales 10-6 England (70min)
That was Wales’ best chance of the second half to get more points on the baord. Ross Moriarty is penalised for coming in from the side, though.
Wales 10-6 England (65min)
CAPTAIN LEADER LEGEND
Alun-wyn Jones leads by example yet again, getting over the ball early to prevent Joe Marler from presenting the ball. A great opportunity for Wales to exert pressure on the English defence now.
Wales 10-6 England (63min)
Wales earn a penalty on the half-way line for a high tackle.
Halfpenny’s strong boot falls just short of the posts.
Wales 10-6 England (61min)
Since the introduction of Owen Farrell, England’s attacking play has a lot more purpose and urgency to it. His passing abilities at 12 moves the ball across the backline quicker and Wales will need to address that quickly.
A penalty sees Ford cut Wales’ lead to four points.
Wales 10-6 England (57min)
Just as I say that, Billy Vunipola forces a penalty in the Welsh 22.
George Ford converts the penalty with ease.
Wales 10-3 England (51min)
Wales looked to be on the bag-foot from a line-out in their own 22. However, superb strength at the maul wins the home side a scrum. Huge!
Wales 10-0 England (49min)
NEXT POINTS CRUCIAL
You sense that the next score in this game could be crucial. Wales will be hoping to build on their half-time lead, whilst England will want to finally get on the scoreboard.
Wales 10-0 England (46min)
Wales sorely missed their usual physicality last weekend – but today is a different story.
Alun-Wyn Jones and co. manage to hold Billy Vunipola up the tackle and win their team a penalty. Great stuff.
Wales 10-0 England (43min)
George Ford gets the second half underway.
Wales 10-0 England (40min)
Wales lead by 10 points at the break. In truth, they’re good value for that lead with England having very few chances in the Welsh 22.
Wales 10-0 England (HT)
Some quick thinking from Biggar sees Wales break down the right-wing. When the ball is in the hands of Biggar again – this time on the English 22 – an inch perfect pass to North sees the winger touch down.
The resulting kick is perfect from Biggar, too.
Wales 10-0 England (32mins)
ACCIDENTAL OR INTENTIONAL?
We’re off to the Video Referee to see if Anthony Watson intentionally knocked-on from a Welsh counter-attack.
It’s a close one, but Watson is off to the sin bin.
Wales 3-0 England (31mins)
It’s brilliant work at the breakdown from Josh Navidi who forces a penalty on the edge of his own 22.
Wales 3-0 England (28mins)
Wales get the first points on the board this afternoon through the boot of Dan Biggar. England had infringed the offside line just as Wales put real pressure on the English try-line.
Wales 3-0 England (26mins)
It’s a premature end to his much awaited appearance in a Welsh jersey. But James Davies looks to have picked up an injury, Josh Navidi is his replacement.
Wales 0-0 England (24mins)
ENGLAND COME BACK
It’s England’s turn to have an attack now. A cross-field kick, though, just about evades the realms of Elliot Daly and the ball finds touch.
Wales clear from the resulting line-out.
Wales 0-0 England (18mins)
Wales have a sustained period of pressure on the English 22. A flat ball from Biggar to Parkes looks to trouble the English defence but they hold firm.
A defensive turnover gives England a chance on the break, and they get up to the halfway-line.
Wales 0-0 England (15mins)
ENGLAND ENTER WELSH TERRITORY
England win a penalty from the first scrum, with referee Pascal Gauzere judging Wales’ front row to have not binded properly.
England get into Wales’ half for the first time this afternoon with a good kick from George Ford.
The resulting kick is from Willi Heinz but Wales manage to clear their lines.
Wales 0-0 England (11mins)
The first scrum of the day goes to England, following a Welsh knock-on on the edge of England’s 22.
Wales 0-0 England (7mins)
Biggar looks to put the English backline three under immediate pressure with a couple of high kicks.
Wales 0-0 England (4mins)
Dan Biggar gets us underway this afternoon.
TEAMS ARE OUT
LAST MINUTE CHANGE
Leigh Halfpenny comes in to replace Liam Williams (hamstring) at full-back.
The Welsh all-female choir perform a beautiful rendition of the Beatles’ Hey Jude. Much better than the pop music now blaring out of the speakers right next to the press area…
Anthony Watson comes into the starting line-up for England – replacing Ruaridh McConnochie who failed a late fitness test this morning.
Warren Gatland makes three changes from last Sunday’s defeat at Twickenham.
Dan Biggar replaces the injured Gareth Anscombe who is ruled out of the World Cup, whilst Jamie Davies – brother of Jonathan – and Jake Ball come in for Justin Tipuric and Adam Beard.
We’ve arrived here at the Principality Stadium. There are plenty of fans in the stadium already watching New Zealand thump Australia on the big screen.
For a unique insight into the job of a match-day reporter, follow Head of Sport Reece Chambers throughout the day over on Instagram @gairrhyddsport.
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