A 22-point haul from flyhalf James Hook helped Wales beat England 27-18 in Cardiff and avoid the wooden spoon.
Stung by last weekend’s defeat to Italy, the Welsh came out firing and scored two quick tries. Hook grabbed the first after charging down Toby Flood’s clearance kick, and Chris Horsman barged his way over for his first Test try. Hook then slotted a penalty to make it 15-0.
It was a huge slice of luck that got England back into the game, when Mike Catt kicked in behind the Welsh backline. The ball bounced cruelly away from the two cover defenders, straight into the path of scrumhalf Harry Ellis.
Flood then kicked a penalty, before Ellis sent Jason Robinson away for England’s second try. For all Wales’s dominace, there was now just one point in it.
However, Wales regained the ascendency in the second half, with Hook kicking two penalties and a drop goal.
Wales -Tries: James Hook, Chris Horsman. Conversion: Hook. Penalties: Hook (4). Drop goal: Hook.
England -Tries: Harry Ellis, Jason Robinson. Conversion: Toby Flood. Penalties: Flood (2).