England coach Jones warns his side of Welsh shenanigans
- Author: Stacy Allen Feb 12, 2017,
Feb 12, 2017, 0:23
Elliot Daly's try four minutes from time gave champions England a 21-16 victory over Wales in a pulsating Six Nations clash played at relentless speed amid an awesome atmosphere at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on Saturday.
Harlequins openside flanker Clifford and Exeter wing Nowell replace Tom Wood and Jonny May - who both start on the bench - respectively.
England failed to impress during their opening match of the competition but still found a way to defeat France 19-16 at Twickenham. England's back row had a combined total of just 20 caps, compared with Wales' 130.
However, with England self-imploding - Mike Brown inexplicably hoofed one kick out on the full and was also turned over twice - Wales were able to maintain plenty of pressure. The only thing we control is our own mental state and the way we play the game.
England are 1/2 favourites with Sky Bet to make it two wins out of two when they visit Wales, who can be backed at 7/4.
Eddie Jones has done his talking, the "mind games" have come back and forth - ok, most of it from England's end - and the roof will stay open, no matter what the conditions might be. This weekend they are looking to extend their run of consecutive unbeaten matches to 16 - just two shy of New Zealand's 18-match record.
England head coach Eddie Jones has confessed that his side have "used up all of our get out of jail cards" after leaving it late to overcome Wales. That is the challenge for the players, and I think the qualities of a team are when you bounce back.
Farrell couldn't convert, and Halfpenny's second penalty left Wales two points behind. A lot of credit has got to go to Wales.
"It's exciting because it's one of those traditional games and means so much to their supporters and to our supporters". They are a very emotional team when they play at home and you have to take that into consideration, but we will be focusing on ourselves this week. We played with pace, we played with accuracy, as did England.
The Welsh will also rival England's strength in depth.
Wales, who started the Six Nations with a 33-7 win over Italy in Rome on Sunday, were due to name their side later Thursday.
"It happens regularly in Wales", Jones said. I was slightly critical of him not getting the touchdown when perhaps he might against France was last week but he took that like a veteran. Some may question bringing off a captain that early in a Test match and what it does to the dynamic of the team, but England have enough natural leaders to deal with Hartley's absence. "We will learn from the last 10 minutes, where we went wrong, and we will hopefully be better for the experience". Mark my words, this is a very unsafe rugby team and we can't be loose.