Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Revenge Is Sweet as England Crowned; THE MATCH: England 29 Wales 18

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Revenge Is Sweet as England Crowned; THE MATCH: England 29 Wales 18

Article excerpt

ENGLAND won their first Triple Crown for 11 years and stayed firmly on course for the RBS 6 Nations title after reigning champions Wales wilted in glorious Twickenham sunshine.

In emphatically avenging a record drubbing at Wales' hands last season, England's 29-18 victory means if they beat Italy in Rome next Saturday and current tournament leaders Ireland lose or draw away to France, then Chris Robshaw's men will take the title.

Wales' bid for an unprecedented Six Nations title hat-trick effectively ended on a sobering afternoon for a team that was also dismantled by Ireland four weeks ago.

Scrum-half Danny Care and centre Luther Burrell scored tries during the opening 35 minutes for England, while Owen Farrell kicked 19 points, landing all seven of his shots at goal.

Only Leigh Halfpenny's astonishing accuracy - six penalties from six attempts - kept Wales interested, but they could have no complaints as England's dominance gained a rich and right reward on the scoreboard.

It was a landmark success in England coach Stuart Lancaster's twoyear reign, and also struck an early psychological blow ahead of the countries' World Cup 2015 pool meeting in 18 months' time.

Wales' woeful kicking strategy and tendency to concede penalties at regular intervals played into English hands, yet the hosts also possessed the game's sharpest attacking forces in Care and full-back Mike Brown.

England should arguably have won by more than they did as their impressive upward curve under Lancaster continues, but for Wales, it is back to the drawing board.

England, as if spurred on by their Millennium Stadium horror show of 12 months ago, blasted from the starting blocks and were ahead after just five minutes.

It took a superb tackle by Wales skipper Sam Warburton on his opposite number Robshaw to initially thwart England following prop David Wilson's break, but when the visitors then infringed, Care caught them napping.

Wales were asleep defensively, and no one laid a finger on Care as he scampered over following his quick tap penalty, with Farrell's conversion making it 7-0. It was England's first try against Wales since August 2011. …

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