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Dublin: 9 °C Wednesday 24 April, 2019

That man Danny Care strikes again as England win Triple Crown

Leigh Halfpenny’s five penalties have the Welshmen in touch, however.

England 29

Wales 18

ENGLAND CAPTURED THE Triple Crown at Twickenham this afternoon as their pack dominated their Welsh counterparts and Owen Farrell scored 19 points from the kicking tee.

The impressive goalkicking of Farrell and Leigh Halfpenny was a fascinating highlight of the match but a 33rd minute try from Luther Burrell has the home side well clear. Stuart Lancaster’s men got off to a fantastic start when Danny Care — the matchwinner against Ireland two weeks ago — took a quick tap penalty and sniped over the Welsh line:

Source: RBS 6 Nations/YouTube

Halfpenny landed three penalties but England have been the better of the two sides and were rewarded for their pressure when Burrell dived over in the corner. Halfpenny knocked over a 37th minute penalty to reduce the arrears and set up an enthralling second half.

England had no intention of allowing the reigning champions back into the tie, however, and their forwards won multiple scrum penalties, allowing Farrell to stretch their lead. Welsh prop Gethin Jenkins was sent to the sin-bin and matters improved slightly when Paul James came on in his stead but, by that stage, it was too late.

Luther Burrell went close to scoring what would have been a wonder try after start and almost finishing a sweeping move up the right flank but the home fans were already in celebratory mood and would not be denied a ‘sweet chariot’ singing crescendo at the final whistle.

Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas Prince Harry checks out the game with Cressida Bonas. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Sam Warburton with referee Romain Poite Sam Warburton discusses a recent fishing trip with Romain Poite. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Scorers for England

Tries: Care, Burrell

Conversions: Farrell (2)

Penalties: Farrell 95)

Scorers for Wales

Penalties: Halfpenny (6)

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