ENGLAND got their first win in Llanelli in 133 years to reach the Autumn Nations Cup final.
And whilst it probably wasn’t worth the wait, the chance of a Twickenham shoot-out with France a week on Sunday will be.
England celebrate reaching the Autumn Nations Cup final wtih a forwards-based victory in Wales[/caption]
Ian Botham’s grandson James has a baptism of fire in his first start for Wales as he tries to tackle Jonathan Joseph[/caption]
Eddie Jones’ boys have got the job done with few thrills but enough authority this autumn.
It was again another win won by the forwards as Sam Underhill and Mako Vunipola both capped dominant games with tries.
But centre Johnny Williams scored Wales’ and the game’s first, a year after scoring FOR England.
Williams was picked by Jones last summer and played in a non-capped Barbarians win at Twickenham.
However, after taking a forced break from the game with testicular cancer, the 24-year-old then switched from Newcastle to Scarlets – much to the delight of his Welsh dad.
So it was fitting that he would bag the opener on his home ground after Dan Biggar charged down Henry Slade’s kick and booted down for Williams to chase, kick and score.
Exeter Chief star Slade made up for it with his easy score through the hands, but when Farrell missed the conversion – Jones’ juggernaut were still behind.
Finally on the half-hour mark Farrell booted England ahead and then added another on the stroke of half-time in a pretty scattered game full of kicking.
They kept it route one after the break and prop Vunipola’s short dart for the try line gave England the edge at 18-7 up – before Biggar struck with two easy penalties to cut the lead to just five.
So when England got their chance for a shot at goal 40ms out, Farrell booted it over as the clock ticked down.
The skipper then added another another in the closing 10 minutes thanks to a penalty won by super-sub Jack Willis, but missed another after a big shove by Ellis Genge in the scrum.
On paper, it should have been a cricket score in a match in which Ian Botham’s grandson, James, made his first start for Wales.
Wayne Pivac’s struggling Dragons have just one win in eight, but they did better than expected in the first match outside of Cardiff since 1951.
Underhill said: “We knew it would be a challenge, it always is against Wales.
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“Ultimately, we can be very happy with the performance.
We know Wales can play and have a lot of talented players, as well as fast ones and physical ball carriers.
“It was a semi-final, so we can be happy with that and look forward to next week.”