SIX NATIONS: Eddie Jones able to laugh at performance as England edge out Wales at Twickenham

England's Owen Farrell celebrates victory with teammate Jack Nowell
England's Owen Farrell celebrates victory with teammate Jack Nowell


England coach Eddie Jones reflected on a “funny” performance from his side as they went from a stunning first-half display to hanging on by their fingernails at the end of a 25-21 RBS 6 Nations win over Wales at Twickenham.

Anthony Watson’s first-half penalty plus 20 points from the boot of Owen Farrell looked to have England cruising to victory, but they were given a huge late scare as Wales got back to within four points thanks to converted tries from Dan Biggar, George North and Toby Falatau.

The victory left England with four successive win under their new coach and within sight of their first Six Nations Grand Slam since 2003, but Jones admitted it was a mixed performance from his side.

He said: “It was one game for 60 mins, another for 20 minutes, lucky we got enough points in the first 60 minutes because the last 20 minutes all belonged to Wales.

“It was a funny performance by us. I thought that at times today we were immaculate, really good, really sharp, really intense, but then we just dropped off a little but at the end.”

Asked about England’s late struggles, Jones suggested that some of their second-half changes might not have worked as he looked to “test” some things out.

He added: “You don’t know what happens in those situations. We made a number of changes on purpose to test players and test the strength of the team, and maybe those changes didn’t work.”