Luther Burrell Photo: Getty Images
LONDON: England have clinched the Triple Crown and kept their Six Nations title hopes alive with a 29-18 win over champions Wales at Twickenham.
On a sunny dry day, ideal for running rugby, England saw scrum-half Danny Care and centre Luther Burrell score tries in a match where fly-half Owen Farrell kicked 19 points.
All of Wales' points came courtesy of six penalties from full-back Leigh Halfpenny as England deservedly gained revenge for a record 30-3 defeat by the Welsh in Cardiff last year that cost them a Grand Slam.
England's Owen Farrell challenges Wales' Leigh Halfpenny for a high ball. Photo: Reuters
|View Match Statistics|
|Players||Care (4min), Burrell (33min)||Tries||2||Tries||0||Players|
|Players||Farrell 2/2 (100%)||Conversions||2||Conversions||0||Players|
|Players||Farrell 5/5 (100%)||Penalty goals||5||Penalty goals||6||Players||Halfpenny 6/6 (100%)|
|Players||Drop goals||0||Drop goals||0||Players|
This defeat, though, ends Wales's hopes of an historic third successive Six Nations title.
This was a first win against Wales for England coach Stuart Lancaster and it was a timely one too, with this match the last between the old rivals at Twickenham before they meet at the London ground in the pool stages of the 2015 World Cup.
Victory left England, who finish the Championship away to bottom of the table Italy on Saturday, level on three wins from four games with both Ireland and France, who next face one another in Paris.
England take Triple Crown
England defeat Wales to stay on course for the Six Nations title. Photo: Getty Images
A narrow French win over the Irish, who have a huge points difference advantage, coupled with an England win in Rome could see Lancaster's men take the title.
But this result meant Wales, whose starring line-up included 12 of the British and Irish Lions their coach Warren Gatland guided to a series win in Australia last year, had lost for the second time this Championship following a 26-3 drubbing by Ireland in Dublin.
England, who dominated the much vaunted Welsh front row at the scrum, played by far the more enterprising rugby.
ENGLAND 19 (Danny Care, Luther Burrell tries);Owen Farrell 2 con, 5 pens) bt WALES 18 (Leigh Halfpenny 6 pens)