Jones determined to fight for Six Nations

Sunday, 24 Feb, 2019

England might look back to the attacking line-out they had deep in the Welsh 22 just before half-time and wonder what might have been. It would take a hell of a team to beat them.

England head coach Jones agreed with his captain, insisting it was a close game that could have gone either way. "Some of the fans genuinely hate you".

The visiting team's journey from their hotel to the Principality Stadium does just that. "It's an unbelievable place to play".

"I know you guys want to single him out because Warren said what he said, but don't be unfair to him". Everyone gives you stick.

They conceded six in a row, the last two of them by Sinckler, whom Gatland had singled out as an "emotional timebomb" before the match.

To say that the nation is pumped would be an understatement. As Wales stuck on 18 second-half points, England had just a solitary Farrell penalty to show for their previous 53 minutes of rugby.

"However you get that and achieve your wins, you want to keep your momentum, and that's what we want to do".

And speaking after the game, Man of the Match Williams revealed that hard work on the training ground had helped Warren Gatland's side up their game and overcome the Red Rose.

Their last defeat in Cardiff came against New Zealand in November 2017.

The Saracens lock suffered knee ligament damage in England's opening win over Ireland and missed the 44-8 rout of France at Twickenham.

Wales won that match 14-9.

"It's a huge factor playing there", he told Rugby Weekly.

The forecast is for a dry day in any event, and Gatland, while insisting the decision made little difference, was clearly annoyed the choice was no longer Wales' alone. "Whatever happens (with the roof), it will be a great atmosphere".

Painful memories of 2013 are still etched in the minds of English players, despite victories on their last two visits to the city.

He always felt England were beatable, despite Eddie Jones' outfit being "outstanding in their first two games". "But full credit to Wales they deserve the victory and played very well".

Sinckler had made 20 tackles but was the main offender again when he wrestled Alun Wyn Jones to the ground by his neck in-front of the posts.

"We'll have a couple days off, lick our wounds, see who is available and get ready for Italy". Openside flanker - Justin Tipuric v Tom Curry: England's breakdown problems have dogged them since Stuart Lancaster's reign but they finally appear to be solved with the emergence of Curry and his rival for the No 7 shirt Sam Underhill. For the first time this year they came under ferocious, sustained pressure and they found no-one who could come to the rescue.

"Right now, he's not fit for Saturday and I am not looking beyond that".

"I think we had four disallowed tries in the first two games". England had quick ball and another big away win in their sights. There's a good chance there'll be tractors...