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- RBS Six Nations
- 4th Feb 2011
- KO 19:45
- Ground: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
- Att: 74,276
Wales v England - Live
40 Jamie Roberts has one last charge for Wales, but it's in vain as the ball is ripped from his grasp by replacement Simon Shaw. Time is up on the clock, all Danny Care has to do is boot it out - and he does just that to bring up the final whistle. England off to a winning start in Cardiff - and it was very well deserved. More woe for Wales, but they fought till the end. Thanks for joining us folks!
78 Wilkinson finds touch, and we await the line-out. Toby Flood has just been announced man of the match!
76 Wales throwing everything but the kitchen sink at England as full-time approaches in this absorbing match. But it's another penalty to England - that surely has killed off any hopes Wales had of at least drawing this match.
74 PENALTY, ENGLAND. After some heroic work from Wales, the hosts go and give away a penalty bang in front of their poles which will allow Wilkinson to take England's lead out to seven points. It's over! Could that be the nail in Wales' coffin? 19-26
72 England's newcomer Tom Wood comes inches from scoring as the visitors attack Wales' line once again. They're into their ninth phase, but the Welsh defence stands firm. Wilkinson has a go, but gives away a penalty for holding on. Wales survive again!
71 More changes for Wales: Phillips is replaced by Dwayne Peel. And for England, Dylan Hartely is replaced by Steve Thompson.
70 PENALTY, WALES. Hook brings the Millennium Stadium crowd to their feet with his successful penalty goal! It's a four-point ball game. 19-23
69 First touch for Byrne, who gets closed down quickley and can only place the ball back for his forwards. It's a penalty for Wales though - England offsides. And Hook will have a shot at goal here... um, as soon as he finishes receiving treatment for what looks like a pulled calf muscle.
67 Changes all round: Stephen Jones is replaced by Lee Byrne... who takes his place at full-back, and Hook moves to 10.
66 England penalised for collapsing the scrum, and Stephen Jones whacks the ball into touch. Whilst the players make their way towards the line-out, Wilkinson takes his place on the pitch - replacing Flood.
64 England maul it up towards the Wales line - 5m out! But again, it's a vital turnover from the Welsh as Phillips bang it over the forwards' heads. An unforced error by Hape though, gives Wales the put-in at the scrum.
62 Replacement for England as Ben Youngs goes off, and Danny Care comes on. Flood takes a knock in the tackle... he's stayed down and Jonny Wilkinson warms up on the sidelines. Flood's back up on his feet. Wilko will have to wait.
60 CONVERSION, WALES. It gets even better for Wales after Stephen Jones finds his target with a another beauty of a conversion. It's game on! 16-23
59 TRY, WALES. Wales on the attack - Ryan Jones links with Shane Williams on the far left... play shifted to the right Jonathan Davies breaks off a tackle from Hape, draws Foden and puts Stoddart in for a crucial try in the corner! Wales back in it!
56 CONVERSION, ENGLAND. Flood adds the extra two points from out wide - superb conversion from the England pivot which takes his side out to a 23-9 lead. Wales need to score next.
55 TRY, ENGLAND. Foden with the quick throw-in and again, it's England who find make their way towards the Welsh tryline. Once senses it's just a matter of time before a white jersey goes over. Through the hands it goes - there's an overlap for England, Cueto skips his pass out to partner in crime Ashton who goes over in the corner! That's his second of the match.
54 England threatening Wales' line now - Nick Easter is brought down centimetres from the chalkdust, Wales turn it over and Phillips puts in the clearance. Wow, that was close.
52 A replay on the big screen catches Sam Warburton getting away with a trip on an England player - had the ref seen that, it would've been a definate red...lucky.
49 Wales have to dig deep now with 14 men - Ryan Jones has been busy since he came on and goes on another charge. Phillips goes blind, Stoddart is wrapped up and England turn it over. Young puts in the box kick - but it goes straight into touch on the full... silly mistake... kicking away possession.
47 PENALTY, ENGLAND. Flood extends England lead with a well-struck penalty that silences the Cardiff crowd! 9-16
46 YELLOW CARD, WALES. Oh dear, trouble for Wales now at the breakdown area as prop Craig Mitchell is given his marching orders... the ensuing penalty is also in kicking range for Flood.
45 Hartley with the throw-in at the line-out. Taken in by Palmer, but he's dragged into touch - a Welsh hand knocked the ball into touch though, so England will have the throw once again.
43 PENALTY, WALES. Brilliant touchline penalty kick from the Wales pivot and the home side get the second half off to a perfect start! 9-13
41 SECOND HALF: Welcome back! England get the second 40 underway - it's a bit of aerial ping pong until Stoddart runs it up. The two Jones's - Stephen and Ryan - take it up further. England look to have turned it over, but it's a penalty to Wales... and the ref takes it up 10m more which gives Stephen Jones a closer shot at goal early on.
40 Overlap for Wales inside their 22, Jonathan Davies takes and puts in the grubber for Shane Williams to chase. It's a decent kick, and Foden looks to have int under control, but knocks on! The ref signals the scrum - last chance at points for Wales before the break. The backs have it, Shane Williams finds some space, but his chip over the top for Stoddart is too long as the ball rolls over England's deadball line to bring up the half-time whistle. It's still anyone's game folks!
37 Scrum - Wales' put-in, and again it's the home side who are blown up. Flood hammers the ball into touch from inside his 22, setting up the line-out as the half-time clock winds its way down.
35 Replacement now for Wales as Andy Powell leaves the field clutching his shoulder - and Ryan Jones takes his place.
33 Silly errors creeping in from Wales - Hook first goes on a dangerous run close to his own tryline, and then centre Jonathan Davies can't hold a pass.
31 PENALTY, ENGLAND. The visitors get a chance to extend their lead to seven points once again after another scrum ends in another penalty for England - Wales prop Paul James penalised and Flood makes no mistake! 6-13
28 PENALTY, WALES. Stephen Jones makes Deacon pay with his second successful penalty shot of the night, which closes the gap to just four points. 6-10
27 YELLOW CARD, ENGLAND. Trouble for England now as the ref blows his wee whistle and reaches for his pocket. Lock Louis Deacon is called over and is show a yellow card for slowing down the ball. England down to 14 men with about 14 minutes of the half remaining.
26 Wales on the break-out once more, this time it's lock Bradley Davies who tears through the England defence. Good recyling of the ball by the Welsh who make it as far as England's 22. Sam Warburton brings the crowd to their feet with another burst that sees the flank taken down inches from the tryline.
24 Sheridan takes a pass from Flood - the crowd thought it was forward, but play continues. Hape makes some valuable metres but it's a turnover for Wales and the counter-attack is on! Phillips draws his man before putting Stoddart away down the right-hand touchline. He beats one, but not two as Mark Cueto drags him into touch.
22 PENALTY, WALES. Finally! Wales are on the board thanks to a Stephen Jones penalty kick. Had they booted their two previous attempts over, the hosts would be trailing by just a single point... ah well, such is life! 3-10
20 Mike Phillips has a dart for Wales - he's done well, and wins a penalty after England flank James Haskell is blown up for playing the ball off his feet. It's 15m out from the posts and another chance at three points for Wales.
17 PENALTY, ENGLAND. Wales scrum just inside their 22. It's starting to turn, so Andy Powell picks up at the back but runs into trouble - penalty to England, Powell holding on in the tackle. Flood lines it up and bags another three points for his country. 0-10
15 CONVERSION, ENGLAND. Flood adds the extras from bang in front, and England take a 7-0 lead.
14 TRY ENGLAND. The visitors streching the Wales defence once again, before a cut inside by Toby Flood catches the Welsh unawares before a neat switch with Ashton sees the winger dive under the posts for the opening try of the Six Nations! First blood to England.
12 Here goes Dylan Hartley now - the home support jeer him on every time the England hooker touches the ball. Out it goes to the backs once again, and the capacity crowd cheer a poor Shontayne Hape that finds the touch judge instead of Chris Ashton. Manager Martin Johnson can't hide his disgust in the stands at that effort from the England centre.
9 Plenty of running rugby in the Test match so far early on - great to watch as England bust into Wales' half and it's that man Foden again flying down the touchline. Morgan Stoddart make sthe crucial hit, Wales turn it over and Hook blasts the ball into touch that gives his side a chance to catch their breath.
7 Wales with another shot at goal here - again, it's the England front row who are penalised... Andrew Sheridan the guilty party. Stephen Jones takes over kicking duties, but can't do any better than Hook. Flags stay down!
5 Wales back in possesion and show what they can do with the pigskin in hand. Andy Powell is in the midfield and instead of sending it to the two-man overlap, he puts in the grubber that is overcooked and allowed Foden to touch down behind his own line.
4 James Hook lines it up for an early shot at goal. He's pushed it wide though. Chance at three points go begging.
3 Jones is back up on his feet - a bit dazed. It's a scrum to England, but Wales have won a penalty after the English front row were blown up after being scrummed off their feet - which will be a major phycological advantage to the Welsh heavies.
2 And we're away! Stephen Jones kicks off the 2011 Six Nations for Wales - it goes to the backs and it's a good take by skipper Mike Tindall. England send it down the line straight away, as far as Ben Foden who shoulder charges off a challenge from Stephen Jones as the Welsh 10 bounces off and hits the deck... he's stayed down.
0 It promises to be mighty close, as well as mighty feisty. Whoever wins unlocks the door to a strong title challenge, while the loser faces an arduous campaign.
0 England enter the tournament knowing that it is eight long years since they were last crowned champions, when captain Martin Johnson led the team to a Grand Slam in 2003 - the last time England won in Cardiff.
0 Of the two nations, Wales are under more strain. The hosts have failed to win any of their last seven Tests - a draw against Fiji in November being the only time they have avoided defeat since March 20 last year. In fact, the country that swept to a Grand Slam in 2008 have just two wins in their last 13 internationals - against Scotland and Italy, both at home. With one eye on the bigger picture of what awaits later this year, they are in urgent need of a victory to drag them out of their slump.
0 Welcome to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff where the battle for the 2011 Six Nations crown kicks off with Wales playing host to England. There's a World Cup taking place this year, but for now that particular pot of gold is not at the top of the agenda or even on the back-burner. For now, there is only one show in town!.
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