Elliot Daly (right) celebrates with Owen Farrell after scoring the winning for England over Wales in the Six Nations.
Elliot Daly (right) celebrates with Owen Farrell after scoring the winning for England over Wales in the Six Nations. NEIL MUNNS

England uses get-out-of-jail cards in Wales win

RUGBY: England coach Eddie Jones said his team got lucky as it stretched its unbeaten run to 16 games with a thrilling 21-16 win over Wales in the Six Nations in Cardiff.

England was trailing 16-11 with nine minutes left after a Leigh Halfpenny penalty but after Owen Farrell's kick brought the visitors to within two points, Elliot Daly scored a try in the corner with just under four minutes remaining to snatch the lead.

Farrell's sideline conversion stretched the lead to five points and England was able to hold on at the Principality Stadium.

"We used all our get-out-of-jail cards there," Jones, who has an unbeaten record as England coach, said.

"But we showed plenty of character and we always thought if we got possession we could get back into the game."

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones said his team was good until the final five minutes.

"It was a 75-minute performance from us. I think that was the difference in the end," he said.

"Ultimately we didn't maintain that intensity for the whole of the second half."

Wales took a 13-8 lead into half-time following Liam Williams' try after Ben Youngs had earlier gone over for the visitors.

The home side had plenty of possession but Jonathan Davies' missed a kick to touch in the dying minutes, allowing England to pounce with Farrell's long pass putting Daly in at the corner.

The win means England's hopes of back-to-back grand slams is still intact following the 19-16 win over France.

In the day's other Six Nations clash Ireland cruised to victory with a record 63-10 success in Rome over Italy.

CJ Stander and Craig Gilroy both scored try trebles, while there were nine conversions from fly-half Paddy Jackson.

News Corp Australia


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