Well done to Wales on their accomplished and emphatic defeat of England on Saturday . The game was dominated by the physicality of the Welsh forwards who simple out muscled the English pack. The brutal first half ended with a score of 9 – 3 to Wales with England conceding as many penalties in the first half as they did in the entire match against Italy.
The older and wiser Welsh players realised England were not committing bodies into the ruck and mauls and contested heavily in these areas, the more inexperienced English players conceded silly penalties which the Welsh capitalised on. Even the reliable boot of Own Farrell couldn’t lift English spirits as he missed two consecutive penalty kicks.
During the second half Wales upped their game and drove England back especially in the scrum. Two tries from Alex Cuthbert sealed England’s fate. Even bringing on fresh players from the bench, England head coach Stuart Lancaster couldn’t turn the tide and change the outcome of the game.
On a personal note I think England are a very good team, but they spent too much time complaining to the referee during the game instead of just getting on with it, especially scrum half Ben Young who was critical of this. Mr Young needs to speed up and play the ball and run through the phases allowing the forwards and backs to do their job. The Welsh rush defence had England permanently on the back foot due to Ben Young’s slow delivery in the break down areas.
The Welsh thoroughly deserved the win; they were the better team on the day. I just hope England learn from the defeat, you have to turn up and get on with playing rugby rather than trying to tell the referee you’re not happy the opposition are playing a rough game.