What a match from the third center line of the XV de la Rose. The Saracens player showed his power in conquest and recovered a lot of balls for his team. Earl scored England's first try in the 20th minute, breaking through the Wales defence. The Englishman was also very effective in his tackles with only two misses. A boss match.
The third row of the XV du Poireau tried everything this afternoon. The Welsh No.7 once again showed his speed on the wing, repeatedly putting the English defense in difficulty. The Red Devil was also very incisive with his tackles (14 successful for only one missed).
Far from being convincing and flamboyant, the XV de la Rose never gave up this Saturday. Led throughout the match, despite two big starts to the match and the second half, Steve Borthwick's men won with forceps against the Red Devils. The English took advantage of Mason Gardy's voluntary forward in the final minutes to pass the penalty for victory. England takes first place in the Six Nations thanks to this victory, pending the meeting between Ireland and Italy on Sunday.
Clearly not the best match of the opening half in the XV de la Rose jersey. Despite his winning penalty in the 72nd minute and a magnificent kick a minute before to find a good touch, Ford did not seem in great form this Saturday. This is evidenced by his failed transformation in the 21st minute, following Ben Earl's try, where he didn't even bother to shoot in the face of the Red Devils rushing towards him and the ball. An extremely rare and very surprising scene at this level of the competition.
Coming into play in the 61st minute, the Welsh center killed his team's hopes just under ten minutes from the end of the match. The Cardiff player signed a terrible voluntary forward which gave George Ford the opportunity to pass the winning penalty in the 72nd minute, while collecting a yellow card. A debut that will not go down in history...
Wales definitely cannot do it in the lair of the XV de la Rose. The Leek XV has not won at Twickenham since… 2012. An eternity. With this defeat, Warren Gatland's men have a second defeat in two matches in this Six Nations.