Saturday, February 25, 2012

25-02-2012

Wales win the 6 nations Triple Crown
Welsh victories in Twickenham  England's HQ are very, very rare. It was with the belief that they could win that Wales took the field today, and certainly for the opening 20 minutes pressure and open running rugby backed up the belief. It came as a shock when Wales failed to take advantage of this pressure by missing a penalty, only to see England score from a penalty on 24 minutes. from this time onward Wales were always behind by between 3 and 6 points, but fortunately not too far adrift. 
More England pressure in the second half and with the loss of a player to the 'sin bin' Wales dug in and played a controlled game, not only avoiding any points being scored against them, but also scoring a further penalty leveling up the score..... on 74 minutes Scott Williams making his debut smuggled the ball from the English forwards in front  of their posts, kicked ahead, caught his own kick going over to score, Halfpenny's conversion seemed to seal the win..... however as the clock ticked over 80 minutes, England got the ball over the Welsh line..... the video referee decided that the try had not been scored, time was up... WALES had won in Twickenham  taking the Triple Crown :-)
( all images above from the BBC Sport website) ..... not a pretty game, and the boys certainly kept all those watching on the edge of their seats..... next up the revenge match against France following the defeat suffered in the Semi Finals of the World Cup in New Zealand last year.

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