Six Nations 2014: England v Wales - As it happened - Live coverage - The Independent

Six Nations 2014: England v Wales - As it happened



Welcome to The Independent’s live commentary of today’s crunch RBS Six nations match between England and Wales, live from Twickenham.

England will be out for revenge as they look to reverse the 30-3 drubbing they received at the hands of the Welsh last season. Wales meanwhile have recovered well from their own heavy defeat to Ireland, having beaten title contenders France with a resounding 27-6 victory last time out.

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  • Full-time: England 29 (Care 4', Burrell 34') Wales 18
    • Care taps quickly to scamper over for the opening try; Burrell adds a second to extend Engalnd's lead
    • Halfpenny's six penalties keep Wales in touch but england's defence stands firm
    • Farrell lands seven out of seven to give England revenge for last year's defeat
    3/9/2014 2:16:29 PM
  • Welcome to The Independent’s live commentary of today’s crunch RBS Six nations match between England and Wales, live from Twickenham.
    3/9/2014 1:56:36 PM
  • 3/9/2014 1:57:45 PM



  • 3/9/2014 1:58:44 PM
  • Hello and welcome to our coverage of England v Wales, brought to you from a gloriously sunny Twickenham Stadium. I'm Jack de Menezes and I'll be keeping you up-to-date with minute-by-minute posts as the match unfolds.
    3/9/2014 2:08:11 PM
  • So what is at stake in today's match? Hugh Godwin spoke to England lock Courtney Lawes:
    The Welsh come to London as reigning Six Nations champions, with this year's title still up for grabs for both countries as well as Ireland and France, who had wins over Italy and Scotland respectively yesterday. Wales have recent history on their side, having won their previous three meetings with England, and there is a huge disparity in international experience, with almost double the number of caps in the visitors' starting line-up compared with their hosts.
    To read more of Hugh Godwin's interview with Lawes, CLICK HERE.
    3/9/2014 2:11:28 PM
  • Remember last year's meeting to decide the Six Nations in Cardiff? England fans are suggested to look away...

    3/9/2014 2:12:56 PM
  • Team news:

    England: 15. Mike Brown; 14. Jack Nowell, 13. Luther
    Burrell, 12.
    Billy Twelvetrees, 11. Jonny May; 10. Owen Farrell, 9. Danny Care;
    1.
    Joe Marler, 2. Dylan Hartley, 3. David Wilson; 4. Joe Launchbury, 5.
    Courtney Lawes; 6.
    Tom Wood, 7. Chris Robshaw (c), 8. Ben Morgan.

    Subs: 16. Tom Youngs, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. Henry Thomas,
    19.
    Dave Attwood, 20. Tom Johnson, 21. Lee Dickson, 22. George Ford, 23. Alex
    Goode.

    Wales: 15. Leigh Halfpenny; 14. Alex Cuthbert, 13. Jonathan
    Davies, 12.
    Jamie Roberts, 11. George North; 10. Rhys Priestland, 9. Rhys Webb;
    1.
    Gethin Jenkins, 2. Richard Hibbard, 3. Adam Jones; 4. Jake Ball, 5. Alun Wyn
    Jones; 6.
    Dan Lydiate, 7. Sam Warburton (c), 8. Taulupe Faletau.

    Subs: 16. Ken Owens,
    17.
    Paul James, 18. Rhodri Jones, 19. Andrew Coombs, 20. Justin Tipuric, 21.
    Mike Phillips, 22.
    Dan Biggar, 23. Lloyd Williams.
    Referee: Romain Poite (FRA)
    3/9/2014 2:17:54 PM
  • Fan are already arriving in good spirits ahead of kick-off


    3/9/2014 2:19:31 PM
  • Team news:
    England head into the match without two of their key players, with Dan Cole already ruled out having injured his neck in the build-up to the Ireland victory, while Number Eight Billy Vunipola will also miss the rest of the tournament after injuring his ankle in that 13-10 victory. David Wilson continues at prop, while Ben Morgan comes into the back-row, with Exeter's Tom Johnson making a return to the international fold on the bench.
    For Wales, they welcome back the influential Alun Wyn Jones from illness, but lost fellow-lock Luke Charteris on Friday, so Jake Ball continues in the engine room with Andrew Coombs promoted to the bench. Jonathan Davies make a return to the centre after a five-month absence due to a pectoral torn muscle, so George North returns to his regular wing position.
    3/9/2014 2:24:40 PM
  • Revenge is the key word on every Englishman's lips (don't let the players fool you otherwise):
    And then there is a fascinating cast of players and coaches; from the gnarly three-time Championship winner Warren Gatland guiding Wales, to the England head coach Stuart Lancaster who, in a rare outbreak of hyperbole on Friday, described the next Twickenham meeting between these teams after today's – in the pool stage of the 2015 World Cup – as likely to possess "10 times" the profile of this one. Lancaster was explaining how the ever-present "bigger picture" of the global tournament 18 months from now is obliging England to "grow as leaders" the relatively inexperienced Mike Brown, Courtney Lawes, Joe Launchbury and Billy Twelvetrees.
    To read more of what Hugh Godwin's look at the match, CLICK HERE.
    3/9/2014 2:28:55 PM
  • Less tha 3 minutes until kick-off, and nerves are slowly building as the crowd filters in. We couldn't have better conditions for running rugby at this time of year. Will that favour Wales' powerful yet expansive back-line, or England's new look creative attack force?
    3/9/2014 2:35:10 PM
  • 82,000 have descended on south-west London today, with many fans arriving without tickets, such is the demand for the match:


    3/9/2014 2:40:13 PM
  • Remember those handling drills your old youth coach used to make you do before every match? The Wales side are currently being put through that exact drill by Mr Gatland, with Adam Jones showing some silky skills for a front-rower.
    3/9/2014 2:42:41 PM
  • Your pre-match views:

    3/9/2014 2:44:58 PM
  • Just 15 minutes to go, and there's a buzz around Twickenham like never before. Stuart Lancaster has spoken about making HQ a fortress once more, but the fans have really taken to his rallying call. Will it have the same effect as the sea of red that welcomed them at Cardiff a year ago?
    3/9/2014 2:47:56 PM
  • Laura Wright takes to the stage and belts out a rendition of Jerusalem, with the Twickenham faithful joining her in song. It has to be said, there was a large Wales support on my way to the stadium, but you wouldn't spot them in the stadium, given the fans best attempts at a whitewash.
    3/9/2014 2:51:54 PM


  • 3/9/2014 2:54:18 PM
  • Here come the teams.
    3/9/2014 2:54:38 PM
  • Time for the anthems.
    3/9/2014 2:57:11 PM
  • All the formalities taken care of, here we go...
    3/9/2014 3:00:46 PM
  • 1 mins: Owen Farrell gets us underway!
    3/9/2014 3:01:20 PM
  • 1 mins: Priestland's clearance from the kick-off is poor, and gives Brown a chance to run back, with England setting up in the Wales half and on the attack. They knock-on though, and the early advantage is gone.
    3/9/2014 3:02:31 PM
  • 2 mins: Penalty to Wales at the scrum, as Wilson is penalised for collapsing. 60m out, and Priestland will send it into touch in the England 22.
    3/9/2014 3:03:42 PM
  • 3 mins: Wales go for their trusty first-phase crash ball off Jamie Roberts, but it's knocked on and England have possession. Brown slips a tackle from his own 22 and tries to break, but Care kicks clear and Wales have the ball.
    3/9/2014 3:04:49 PM
  • 4 mins: Penalty to England and Care goes quickly. Wales are caught napping and England try and break right. The ball finds Wilson in space and he offloads to Robshaw, who is tackled 10m out from the tryline... TRY FOR ENGLAND!
    3/9/2014 3:06:28 PM
  • 4 mins: England somehow manager to butcher the easiest of overlaps - again -  but Poite awards a penalty for offside. Danny Care, as alert as ever, takes it quickly and is over for the try. Farrell converts and England lead 7-0.
    3/9/2014 3:07:38 PM
  • 7 mins: England are looking to break again, but Lawes doesn't release the ball and Wales have a penalty to the right of the posts about 30m out.
    3/9/2014 3:09:07 PM
  • 8 mins: Halfpenny takes it, and it's straight through the posts. 7-3.
    3/9/2014 3:09:44 PM
  • 10 mins: Faletau steams over Robshaw, but his attempted offload is dropped by North and England breath a sigh of relief.
    3/9/2014 3:11:44 PM
  • 12 mins: Strong work from England, but Farrell's cross-field kick is poor and although Nowell gathers it, he's pushed straight into the air. It should have been a penalty though, as North clearly took Nowell in the air.
    3/9/2014 3:13:26 PM
  • 13 mins: Wales spread left, and Davies draws in Burrell and Nowell before feeding North. The wing chips on, but his kick goes into touch 5m out.
    3/9/2014 3:14:43 PM
  • 15 mins: England clear and Halfpenny is tackled quickly on the England 10m. He's pinged for holding on and Farrell kicks the resulting penalty into Wales territory.
    3/9/2014 3:15:42 PM
  • 15 mins: England spread left as well, and some good decoy running gives May the chance to chip and chase. His kick is long though, and Halfpenny wins the foot race to touch it dead.
    3/9/2014 3:16:50 PM
  • 16 mins: England think they're in... but Poite brings them back as he (yes the referee) obstructed Warburton in tackling Lawes. Robshaw asks if he is ok, to which Poite replies "I'm very sorry". Boos ring out at HQ.
    3/9/2014 3:18:00 PM
  • 18 mins: England's put-in on the Wales 10m, and this time Jenkins is penalised for not driving straight. Robshaw immediately points to the posts, and Farrell will have a pop at goal from about 45m.
    3/9/2014 3:20:09 PM
  • 18 mins: Farrell hits it...and it's good! England lead 10-3.
    3/9/2014 3:21:03 PM
  • 20 mins: Farrell finds a lovely touch-finder that bounces out after just nipping over Cuthbert's head. Wales with the throw just in their own half.
    3/9/2014 3:22:16 PM
  • Luke Harrison:
    You wouldn't be far off Luke, the beers are certainly flowing today.
    3/9/2014 3:23:27 PM
  • 22 mins: England are penalised at the breakdown right by the left-side touchline, and Halfpenny will have a long-range crack at goal...
    3/9/2014 3:24:07 PM
  • 22 mins: It's good, and that's a cracking effort from the full-back. 10-6.
    3/9/2014 3:24:43 PM
  • 24 mins: England win the kick-off, but they lose possession in mid-field and Wales kick away. Nowell fins a good kick in touch, which Halfpenny takes quickly to Priestland to boot back downfield. Mistake, as the fly-half kicks straight out, and England have the lineout in the Wales half.
    3/9/2014 3:26:43 PM
  • 25 mins: England win another penalty on the Wales 10m as Webb doesn't roll away. Poite calls Warburton in for a chat, and warns that's the second time he's pinged the scrum-half. Farrell to go for goal...
    3/9/2014 3:28:32 PM
  • 26 mins: It's good, and England restore their seven-point lead.
    3/9/2014 3:29:10 PM
  • Danny care celebrates scoring for England


    3/9/2014 3:29:53 PM
  • 28 mins: Brown hits Halfpenny hard, but Rpbshaw and Hartley are guilty of coming in from the side. Wales kick to touch, and Robert's is throughBrown brings him down, and when the ball is recycled, Davies drops it and England clear.
    3/9/2014 3:31:17 PM
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