So Wales fought back to win the second fixture 19-9 in Cardiff, but what were your thoughts on the game? What does this mean for Wales preparations for the World Cup? Who do England need to change in terms of personnel? And what about referee Alain Rolland’s performance?
From a Welsh perspective, to win without a whole host of excellent players including Ryan Jones, Gethin Jenkins, Adam Jones and potentially Matthew Rees, is a huge achievement. Sam Warburton has earned a lot of praise as a leader and flanker and it showed as he managed to boost a demoralised, battered Wales team in the second half. If Warburton provided the words, then Hook brought the actions. There is no doubt that he is a fly-half, and a darn good one at that, and there should be no more need to ask for evidence that 10 is where he needs to operate. Even with a dreadful line out and around 5 or 6 penalties against them in the scrum, Wales still got the victory, thanks to Hook’s boot and swerve. Gatland wanted character, and he saw it in abundance.
England now have a whole host of issues to confront. They have lost two out of their last three matches, both on the trot away from “Fortress Twickenham”, and were unable to break the Welsh game line. The running lines were predictable; smash it up, smash it up, meaning that Wales had to work hard in defence but physically not mentally because they knew exactly what would happen. This was in part due to a lack of quick ball at the breakdown, where they lost the battle due to combination of a lack of commitment and bodies. They underestimated Wales, and failed to adapt to the game.
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