Six Nations champions England completed their preparations for the summer tour of Australia with a convincing 27-13 victory over Wales in the Old Mutual Wealth Cup clash at Twickenham.
Despite missing several key players who contested the Aviva Premiership Final on Saturday, England were simply too good for their rivals, outscoring them five tries to one on a glorious afternoon at the home of rugby.
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) 29 May 2016
After losing out narrowly in the Six Nations, Wales were desperate to get the victory ahead of their three match series against World Champions New Zealand. Warren Gatland’s side were fastest out of the blocks and took the lead early on, as prop Rob Evans crashed over from close range.
Eddie Jones’s side gradually began to work their way into the game and hit back with a try of their own as centre Luther Burrell picked a superb line off Ben Youngs to smash through the tackle of Dan Biggar and touchdown.
Ten minutes before half-time England scored their second of the afternoon and it was no surprise to see Anthony Watson cross for his 12th international try in 21 caps. A flowing move down the left side saw Watson breakthrough two tackles and produce a superb finish.
The hosts trailed 13-10 at the break, but they could have easily been in the lead but for the misfiring boot of George Ford.
England dominate second half at Twickenham; now they head to Australia full of confidence and looking for a series win
It took England just four minutes to take the lead; off a well worked line-out move Ben Youngs sniped through the ragged Welsh defence and touchdown. Ford again missed from the tee, but they now led 15-13.
Just two minutes later England scored their fourth of the afternoon. After Dan Cole’s fingertips appeared to touch a pass from Biggar, the ball dropped to number eight Jack Clifford who showed great speed to race from the halfway line and score.
After 60 minutes the lead was extended further. After several powerful carries deep into the Welsh 22 the ball was moved wide and lock Courtney Lawes showed brilliant awareness to hand-off Jamie Roberts and send Marland Yarde over for a simple score.
There were no further additions to the score and England took the inaugural Old Mutual Wealth Cup 27-13.
After the game Jones was angered by comments about the performance of Ford who kicked just one from seven off the tee, saying: “We scored five tries, one was a bit how’s your mother, and the other four were scored by backs.
“If you score four tries against Wales your stand-off is doing something right.
“The thing that strikes me is that we’ve just beaten Wales five tries to one and we’re talking about a guy who can’t kick a few goals.”
Now England can look forward to three test matches against The Wallabies. Head Coach Eddie Jones will be delighted with the performances of some his fringe players on Sunday.
Joe Launchbury was rightly awarded Man of the Match after a stellar effort; another reminder of his immense talents. In the back-row Jack Clifford and Teimana Harrison brought real dynamism and power.
While the backs again showed that they continue their development and Luther Burrell earned a spot on the plane with Manu Tuilagi ruled out with injury.
After the summer tour England return to Twickenham for the Autumn Internationals and then the 2017 Six Nations.
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