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  1. Six Nations - Wonderful Wales thrash England to retain title

    Six Nations - Wonderful Wales thrash England to retain title

    Two tries from Alex Cuthbert helped Wales wrest the Six Nations title from England's hands with a 30-3 victory in Cardiff. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Wales
    • England
    • - The Six Nations title goes to Wales! Thanks for joining us in Cardiff.
    • FT WALES WIN HERE IN CARDIFF: WALES 30-3 ENGLAND
    • 80+1' England have a chance to go over but it's mistake after mistake
    • 80' Mike Brown has the ball for England, we're into overtime here...
    • 79' Justin Tipuric is given man of the match here at the Millennium Stadium, and deservedly so, too. He created both of the crucial tries for Wales today.
    • 78' Robshaw knocks the ball on and kicks the ball out of play in disgust. This is painful viewing for England.
    • 77' Wales could add to their lead here, but they would rather play the phases. Ken Owens is again making himself a nuisance with the England players.
    • 75' Wales are trying to settle down here... they'll want to wrap this up with minimal fuss.
    • 73' Danny Care kicks it over the Welsh defence but it goes out of play, miserable for England, they had a chance.
    • 72' Toby Flood nearly finds himself through but Halfpenny makes a try-saving tackle on the line. It's a penalty to England five metres out...
    • 71' PENALTY: WALES 30-3 ENGLAND: Biggar converts again with a fantastic kick, and this must be it for England.
    • 69' Ken Owens did exceptionally well for Wales again before the try, making himself a nuisance before the ball broke.
    • 68' Tuilagi nearly finds himself with a chance but Wales come away with the ball. Penalty to Wales after Mike Brown doesn't move away from the ruck.
    • 67' CONVERSION: WALES 27-3 ENGLAND: Surely that's it for England, Biggar's conversion is good. Well, more than good, that was fantastic.
    • 66' TRY FOR WALES! WALES 25-3 ENGLAND: Cuthbert comes through again for Wales and goes over in the corner! It all started from Warburton's break, before the ball fell to Tipuric, who does fantastically well before an easy offload to Cuthbert with just a few yards to go...
    • 66' Warburton storms away for Wales! He is stopped but here come Wales again...
    • 65' DROP GOAL: WALES 20-3 ENGLAND: Biggar's attempt from 30 yards is brilliant, and this lead could be too much for England....
    • 65' Wales still have the ball, that's the most important thing, Biggar with the drop-goal.... and it's good!
    • 64' Roberts comes crashing through for Wales but he's alone.
    • 63' Wales are playing the margins and it's making the difference. They have the ball in England's 22 after a fantastic maul.
    • 61' Missed by Farrell, drifting wide after initially looking good. Wales have a big lead here.
    • 61' England have a penalty from 45 metres, and Farrell is going for it, slight angle.
    • 60' Ken Owens will take a lot of the credit for that try, replacement Ken Owens stole the ball just a minute after coming on the field for Richard Hibbard. The ball found itself to Cuthbert and he did the rest, superbly.
    • 58' Conversion missed: Halfpenny is human after all, and it remains Wales 17-3 England.
    • 57' TRY FOR WALES! WALES 17-3 ENGLAND: Cuthbert goes over for Wales after a quick break! Wales turn it over and three passes later they have the try, what a time to score!
    • 55' Wales have it deep in their half but Jonathan Davies cleverly kicks to ease the pressure. Halfpenny makes another brilliant take from an aerial ball, he's been doing that for the whole tournament...
    • 53' That score means Wales will win the Six Nations title if scores remain the same, which I'm going to guess will not happen, judging by the intensity of the match so far...
    • 53' Dylan Hartley comes on for Tom Youngs at hooker, will that stop the onslaught in the scrum?
    • 52' WALES 12-3 ENGLAND: Halfpenny makes it from the far left. It's advantage Wales at the moment, still early doors, however.
    • 51' Wales with the ball, six yards out. But the advantage goes no further. Wales have the penalty on the far left and they're going for the kick...
    • 50' Both Phillips and Tipuric make a break but are stopped. It's a penalty advantage to Wales.
    • 49' Wales need to keep their composure, they're going through the phases here and England are keeping tight. George North drive but is stopped. They STILL have it, however
    • 49' Wales are three metres away, this could be a huge moment...
    • 48' Wales have the ball with Adam Jones and it's given to Biggar with a chance for the line from 10 metres! But a fantastic tackle sees him falter... but Wales still have it
    • 46' The scrum collapses again for England, and Wales have a penalty. The Vunipola substitution didn't change a thing... England will want to avoid the scrum now.
    • 45' Mako Vunipola comes in for Joe Marler in England's front row.
    • 44' Wales dominated the scrum in the first half and will look to do the same in the second. Remember, they need a seven-point advantage to win the title.
    • 43' England drive Wales up to the 22, good territorial play. Ben Youngs has it several times from the ruck, but referee Walsh blows up for a maul. Wales put-in on the scrum.
    • 41' The two sides are exchanging kicks, but Halfpenny makes a mistake and kicks for touch a little too shallow. That one was sliced off his boot.
    • 41' Here we go again, I hope you've all caught your breath. Biggar gets us underway...
    • HT It's half time, absolutely thrilling stuff, I'm exhausted. England trail by six points, which of course wouldn't be enough to Wales to take the title...
    • 40+1' Biggar goes for the drop goal! But he misses by a yard or two to the left.
    • 40' Wales have a free-kick from the scrum and Mike Phillips looks to build something as we enter the 41st minute
    • 40' The scrum falls again and referee Walsh has to remain patient again... It's reset.
    • 39' It's not been the highest quality match in terms of skill, but for entertainment and breathless value, this is as good as it gets. Unbelievable stuff, testament to what is on the line here.
    • 38' Great run from Cuthbert after Farrell looked for touch in the corner. George North cuts inside and looks to kick but he can't stretch far enough and is tackled by Farrell. Scrum to England after North's knock-on
    • 37' Wales' line out is over thrown and Dan Cole picks it up. Farrell's pass is misplaced but England still have it. They've lost some ground, however, and Wales eventually come away with it. Halfpenny is cleaning everything up at the moment.
    • 36' Away come England with the ball, neither side has had the ball for a sustained period, but there aren't too many mistakes flying around out there, just some fantastic tackling and intense play
    • 35' This is end to end stuff, Wales now have it in England's half and are looking to build something.
    • 34' The feeling is that England have weathered the storm and are now trying to dictate things. They have the ball near the Wales 22, Brown has a chance to make the line but he loses it!
    • 33' Wales are now under pressure and England have the line-out. A minute to catch my breath, this is unbelievably busy stuff.
    • 32' Biggar intercepts and George North has it with the pitch to run! But no! North is just caught by Brad Barritt. A try-saving tackle, no doubt.
    • 31' Owen Farrell makes two yards, before a huge tackle from Richard Hibbard on Joe Marler... England still have it, however, but Wales withholding pressure.
    • 31' The line-out is overthrown but Wales took the ball back into their own 22, Roberts cleared for touch but the linesman brings it back to Wales' 22, and England have it in a good position...
    • 30' Farrell kicks for touch and England may look to build something here...
    • 29' The scrum falls again and England have the penalty this time right on half way.
    • 28' England have it around half way and Geoff Parling makes a good break. But it's a Wales scrum after some confusion with the referee
    • 27' Missed, just. The flags stay down. It looked good initially but Farrell is human after all...
    • 26' Penalty against Wales for not rolling away, Jamie Roberts the culprit after losing his feet. Farrell will have a pop from 45 at an extreme angle.
    • 25' It's easy to see England are not coping with the intensity here. This is real frantic stuff and everyone expected it from Wales. Too many penalties being conceded by England, 5-1 at the moment.
    • 24' WALES 9-3 ENGLAND: Superb kick, Halfpenny makes it look so easy, he drives it right through the middle of the posts from a slight angle.
    • 24' Halfpenny will have a go from 40 metres...
    • 23' Penalty to Wales! The scrum turns 90, and the ball get stuck in the feet of the second row.
    • 23' England have made 45 tackles to Wales' 13 so far.
    • 22' Biggar kicks high and it's a bit of a mess. Cuthbert knocks on for Wales and it's a scrum to England
    • 21' WALES 6-3 ENGLAND: England are off the board, in off the post from Farrell, but he wont care.
    • 21' Farrell to step up for England from around 45 yards
    • 19' Penalty to England, hands in ruck from Sam Warburton.
    • 18' WALES 6-0 ENGLAND: Halfpenny converts, brilliant kick. No more silly penalties, Stuart Lancaster will be thinking.
    • 18' Halfpenny will go for it from 45 metres.
    • 17' Wales have another penalty at the breakdown, they've now conceded as many penalties in 17 minutes than they did in the whole match against Italy.
    • 16' It's been a helter-skelter start here, Wales just about on top.
    • 15' Wales win the line out and have it, Jamie Roberts just gets through Robshaw's tackle and makes a yard, but England steal it.
    • 14' Penalty again to Wales, this time inside their own half, that's the third penalty England have conceded so far. Biggar kicks for touch.
    • 13' Dan Cole attempts to make a break but is thwarted by Faletau for Wales.
    • 13' Gethin Jenkins makes a loose pass but Wales still have it but Dan Biggar loses it!
    • 12' The two teams exchange kicks and Wales have it inside their own half. Dan Cole is penalised and Mike Phillips makes great ground for Wales
    • 11' WALES 3-0 ENGLAND: Halfpenny converts from just behind the 22 on the right angle. A long way to go, but they have the lead. Great kick.
    • 10' Jamie Roberts makes a yard but England are coping well. Halfpenny comes forward and Wales have the penalty! They made little progress but come out with the result they wanted
    • 9' The scrum went down but it's play on, Warburton hangs of Farrell but Wales keep coming, they're on England's 22, they need patience.
    • 8' Wales have the put in on the 22 again. Mike Phillips will feed it in, but the scrum collapses yet again.
    • 8' Correction, it's a FREE-KICK, not a penalty.
    • 7' The scrum collapses, Walsh is having his patience tested here. They try again on England's 22 and Wales have a penalty!
    • 7' Wales weren't too patient there, they'll need to be to overcome this England line.
    • 6' Referee Walsh blows up, knock on from Wales and England have the put in. A chance to relieve some pressure.
    • 5' Sam Warburton picks up the line-out beautifully. Mike Phillips brings the ball forward and Wales are in a decent position here.
    • 4' England maul their way into the Welsh 22, but Tuilagi knocks it on. England now under pressure and Alex Goode has to scamper back and carries the ball out of play near his 22.
    • 3' Both sides are showing intent to play with the ball in their hands, but look like they'll test each other with their kicking game
    • 2' Farrell gives Dan Biggar a big tester with the kick but he deals with it well, Wales now have the ball but give it away all too easily.
    • 1' England have it in the Welsh half, good possessional play from the men in white. Ben and Tom Youngs both get an early touch, but a stray Farrell kick lands with Leigh Halfpenny.
    • 1' And we're off, Owen Farrell gets us underway
    • 16:59 The referee is Australian Steve Walsh, who took charge of Ireland’s 13-13 draw with France seven days ago. Here we go, hold on to your hats.
    • 16:58 Here are the anthems. Plenty of England fans here to observe theirs. The Welsh anthem builds to an unbelievable crescendo.
    • 16:55 Here come Wales, this is spine-tingling. The flames and fireworks are out, they've gone all out here in Cardiff. Incredible atmosphere.
    • 16:55 The roof is ON at the Millennium Stadium, which will no doubt add to the atmosphere. England come out to the field and the noise is already deafening.
    • 16:50 There’s not much to separate the two, and the bookies agree; you can get a Wales at 6/5, while England sit at 5/6.
    • 16:45 For Wales, Gethin Jenkins returns in place of Paul James after missing the Scotland game with a calf injury. Justin Tipuric replaces the injured Ryan Jones in the other change to the side that beat Scotland 28-18.
    • 16:45 Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Tom Croft and Joe Marler have been recalled by Stuart Lancaster to England's starting XV for the decider.
    • 16:40 England Replacements: 16-Dylan Hartley, 17-David Wilson, 18-Mako Vunipola, 19-Courtney Lawes, 20-James Haskell, 21-Danny Care, 22-Toby Flood, 23-Billy Twelvetrees.
    • 16:40 England: 15-Alex Goode, 14-Chris Ashton, 13-Manu Tuilagi, 12-Brad Barritt, 11-Mike Brown, 10-Owen Farrell, 9-Ben Youngs; 1-Joe Marler, 2-Tom Youngs, 3-Dan Cole, 4-Joe Launchbury, 5-Geoff Parling, 6-Tom Croft, 7-Chris Robshaw (captain), 8-Tom Wood
    • 16:35 Wales replacements: 16-Ken Owens, 17-Paul James, 18-Scott Andrews, 19-Andrew Coombs, 20-Aaron Shingler, 21-Lloyd Williams, 22-James Hook, 23-Scott Williams.
    • 16:35 Here are the teams: Wales:15-Leigh Halfpenny, 14-Alex Cuthbert, 13-Jonathan Davies, 12-Jamie Roberts, 11-George North, 10-Dan Biggar, 9-Mike Phillips, 1-Gethin Jenkins (Captain), 2-Richard Hibbard, 3-Adam Jones, 4-Alun Wyn Jones, 5-Ian Evans, 6-Sam Warburton, 7-Justin Tipuric, 8- Toby Faletau.
    • 16:32 Remember, Wales haven’t won at home since June 2 2012, a 30-21 win over Barbarians, despite winning all three Six Nations games at the Millennium Stadium in 2012.
    • 16:30 Don’t worry, I’ve spent all week trying to get my head around it too. We’ll worry about that in the last five minutes of the game, and so will 70,000 people in Cardiff, most probably.
    • 16:25 And finally, here’s what we probably don’t want. FOR THE TITLE TO BE SHARED: If Wales win by seven points but England score two more tries then the title would be shared.
    • 16:22 Still with me? Good effort. Here’s one for the Wales hopefuls out there. FOR WALES TO WIN THE TITLE: A Wales victory by seven points, providing they stay ahead of England on tournament tries, would see Rob Howley's men retain the title.
    • 16:20 FOR ENGLAND TO WIN THE SIX NATIONS TITLE: A Wales win by six points or fewer would still be enough to seal the title for England. OR, if England lose by seven points but outscore Wales by three tries or more then Stuart Lancaster's men would win the title.
    • 16:19 FOR ENGLAND TO WIN GRAND SLAM: An England victory by any margin would secure a first Grand Slam triumph in a decade.
    • 16:18 One thing is sure; an England win will give them their first Grand Slam in a decade. That time out, they thumped Ireland 42-6 at Lansdowne Road. This time around, the circumstances are slightly more complicated. Before we start, try and get your head around these situations...
    • 16:15 Welcome to our live coverage of this Six Nations clash in Cardiff between Wales and England. It’s the showdown - winner takes all (subject to umpteen different outcomes).
  • Summary

    Wales versus England
    Cuthbert 57’, 66’ Tries  
    Halfpenny 67’ Conversions  
    Halfpenny 11’, 18’, 24’, 52’, Biggar 71’ Penalties Farrell 21’
    Biggar 65’ Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • Wales

    Manager: Rob Howley

    On the Field

    • Jenkins Substitution Out (62′)
    • Hibbard Substitution Out (53′)
    • Jones Substitution Out (74′)
    • Jones
    • Evans Substitution Out (71′)
    • Warburton Substitution Out (76′)
    • Tipuric
    • Faletau
    • Phillips Substitution Out (76′)
    • Biggar Substitution Out (76′)
    • North
    • Roberts Substitution Out (76′)
    • Davies
    • Cuthbert Tries×2
    • Halfpenny

    Subs

    • James Substitution In (62′)
    • Williams Substitution In (76′)
    • Hook Substitution In (76′)
    • Owens Substitution In (53′)
    • Andrews Substitution In (74′)
    • Shingler Substitution In (76′)
    • Coombs Substitution In (71′)
    • Williams Substitution In (76′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • England

    Manager: Stuart Lancaster

    On the Field

    • Marler Substitution Out (45′)
    • Youngs Substitution Out (53′)
    • Cole Substitution Out (73′)
    • Launchbury Substitution Out (53′)
    • Parling
    • Croft
    • Robshaw
    • Wood Substitution Out (68′)
    • Youngs Substitution Out (65′)
    • Farrell Substitution Out (68′)
    • Brown
    • Barritt
    • Tuilagi
    • Ashton
    • Goode Substitution Out (65′)

    Subs

    • Hartley Substitution In (53′)
    • Haskell Substitution In (68′)
    • Flood Substitution In (68′)
    • Care Substitution In (65′)
    • Lawes Substitution In (53′)
    • Wilson Substitution In (73′)
    • Twelvetrees Substitution In (65′)
    • Vunipola Substitution In (45′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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  1. 345 Stuart .... Why?

    From Ronald, on Tue 19 Mar 22:39
  2. Does anyone agree with me,much as wales deserved to win­ and played wel i think england were warn down by the­ ref.Was there a scrum england had put in they­ weren't penalised!How can you play rugby when you­ can't wi nyour on scrums.Wales in the end knew if­ they knocked on the'd end up getting a penalty.Sham­ , like the man u match spoiled by an idiot who is given­ the refs job,shame.

    From mark, on Sun 17 Mar 18:48
  3. That ref is a totall disgrace and never should have­ been allowed to ref such an important game. Why was he­ picked for it? There should be an investigation into­ this!

    From Neil, on Sun 17 Mar 16:31
  4. England were stitched up by that ref. How many world­ rugby cups have wales won? How many world cup rugby­ finals have wales been in? 0 is the answer!

    From Neil, on Sun 17 Mar 15:12
  5. Congratulations to Wales! One question though, how­ much did the welsh pay the ref?

    From Neil, on Sun 17 Mar 12:29
  6. Once again England displayed their arrogance and­ ill-discipline. I used to admire English rugby but­ after seeing their attitudes when lsoing I have lost­ total respect for them. It was so clear they were­ losing it (besides the game) and typically showed­ aggression and impatience. Stop being such sore losers.­ Stop being a bunch of pretty boys. Wales played with­ pride and dignity, and a great example of the­ 'Gentleman' sport. England rugby players are­ sadly playing like spoilt brat footballers. Another­ thing to note, a few players are not English??? And­ before anyone says they have a right to play, look at­ the South African who was good enough to play for­ England but once injured and unable to play is being­ deported back to SA? WHAT a bunch of hypocrits!!! Come­ down to earth, look at what good examples the rest of­ the 6 Nations teams set, and learn from it. Lose the­ attitude and you'll once again become a team to­ reckon with...

    From lindsay, on Sun 17 Mar 11:48
  7. England were playing against 16 men not 15. Never mind­ better luck next time the future is still bright.

    From ANDREW, on Sun 17 Mar 11:19
  8. ha ha England ...wales annihilated you .your not the­ best as you think and never will be now­ .....hahahahahaha

    From , on Sun 17 Mar 11:09
  9. someone call the AA the wheels have come off the­ chariot!! dave 364 ,wales are a young team too,and we­ have a much smaller pool of players to pick from! if­ england are a work in progess,they're going­ backwards.one of the best,if not the best welsh­ performance i've seen in 50 years,thoroughly­ deserved victory,

    From ROBERT, on Sun 17 Mar 10:56
  10. The ref was to blame for England poor showing, he had­ the England team questioning his inconsistent decisions­ bullying them at the scrum. This man has previous and­ was suspended for 3 day after England complained about­ his behaviour. He was later sacked by NZ he is now an­ "Australian ref". Why have we got S hemisphere refs as­ they cannot cut it especially when it comes to the­ #$%$.

    From , on Sun 17 Mar 10:56
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    Two Welshmen, Dylan and Glyn, are sitting on a park­ bench reading their newspapers. Dylan notices the­ headline, '12 Brazilian Soldiers Killed.' ­ Turning to Glyn, Dylan (Dull'un) enquires,­ 'Just how many is a Brazilian?'

    From Volpe, on Sun 17 Mar 10:55
  12. Snow White was returning from town to the cottage in­ the forest where she lived with the 7 dwarfs. In the­ distance she could see smoke, then as she got nearer­ she realized that her cottage had burnt down. ­ Frantically, Snow White searched the forest for the­ dwarfs, then she heard a a lone voice saying,­ 'Wales for the World Cup, Wales for the World Cup,­ Wales for the World Cup. On hearing this chant, Snow­ White gave a gasp of relief as she knew that at least­ Dopey was safe.

    From Volpe, on Sun 17 Mar 10:53
  13. Wales 3 million england 55million, Wales 30 england 3­ enough said

    From John Price, on Sun 17 Mar 10:49
  14. Only one comment on the refereeing. Frankly I've­ never seen such a blatant piece of victimization in a­ rugby match before.. Wales won there is no doubt about­ that but England were beaten by some extremely bad­ refereeing, so much to so that by the second half the­ poms were totally scared of making any sort of­ commitment lest they get penalised yet again. These are­ some of the top international teams on the planet. For­ my compatriot (steve walsh) to impact on the play to­ such a ridiculous extent is a gross abuse of his­ position. I used to respect Steve, not only because he­ was a fellow kiwi but because he was a fair and good­ ref. I really have to take all that back. I pay's­ me money to see good rugby played irrespective of the­ result. Steve Wash ruined what would have been a­ wonderful nail biter.

    From JonS, on Sun 17 Mar 10:48
  15. I had a flutter on England to win, but I backed the­ wrong side - Wales were a different class on the day!­ Well done Wales!

    From ian, on Sun 17 Mar 10:44
  16. I hear that 1000's of white shirts with O2 on them­ have been washed up on beaches all along the Bristol­ Channel. Somebody told me, there were people cueing for­ hours to jump off the Severn Bridge, and all because­ their English.

    From Powys, Wales, on Sun 17 Mar 10:43
  17. Ooops!!! The self appointed best team in the world ( so­ they believe) were thrashed by the below standard team­ in Britain. Wales didn't just beat their rubbish­ opponents they wiped them off the field. Michael (354)­ Wales looked good because the werer by far the better­ team. England and their supporters must stop believing­ what they read in the biast press. They are not a work­ in progress they do not have any talent. It must be­ time for the English RUF to bring in more bully boys­ from abroad to try and strengthen this awful team.­ English rugby should have learnt from this harsh lesson­ the bully boy tactics will not survive agaings skill.­ England were thrashed in the scrum, outplayed in the­ back and were tacticaly more aware. England were like­ little lost boys. By the way on this occassion you­ cannot blame the ref who han an excelent game and­ penalised the English for offences they have continued­ to commit throughout the campaign. England have only­ scored one try in the last three games. Never mind­ congrats on winning the Calcutta cut ( a two team­ event).

    From JAMES MORGAN, on Sun 17 Mar 10:39
  18. NICE 1 F BOY

    From J, on Sun 17 Mar 10:31
  19. coming 4 2 carry you home COLIN

    From J, on Sun 17 Mar 10:24
  20. wales played with passion and flair i allmost feel­ sorry for england as no team could could have withstood­ that intensity at last wales played on their toes not­ by a pre match plan aided by a ref that let both teams­ play rugby not just giving enlgland penalty after­ penalty giving them wins against teams playing the­ better rugby eg france and italy

    From keith, on Sun 17 Mar 10:22
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