- England - Tries: May 2 Cons: Farrell
- Wales - Tries: Cons: Pen: Patchell, Anscombe
England edged a gritty 12-6 victory over Wales to seal a second win in the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations.
Eddie Jones' side led 12-3 at the break through two Jonny May tries and an Owen Farrell conversion, with Rhys Patchell sending over a penalty for Wales.
Gareth Anscombe sent over a late penalty to bring them to within six points, but they could not breach England's tight defence and Jones' side held on for victory.
Wales lost full back Leigh Halfpenny in the build up to the match and it took only two minutes for Farrell to spot space in behind the opponent’s defence with his fine kick through collected by May who slid over for an early score.
Patchell missed his first kick at goal and soon after England’s fine start continued with May going over for his second.
Perfectly weighted through ball by Farrell sees May slide in for his first ever NatWest 6 Nations try. pic.twitter.com/TZpD8ms8bQ— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) February 10, 2018
Relentless pressure soon took its toll on Wales and having found space on the left wing Joe Launchbury produced a stunning offload in contact which released May to dart through.
Wales came back into the game and after having a try disallowed by the television match official, Patchell sent over a penalty for an earlier offside.
What followed in the first half was an attritional affair, full of physicality and a total of 153 tackles but to their credit Wales only conceded one penalty in a gripping first 40 minutes played in wet conditions.
England introduced Sam Underhill for Sam Simmonds at half-time, while Jamie George replaced captain Dylan Hartley on 50 minutes as Jones’ side continued to pepper away at Wales, but to no avail with tight defence a feature of the match.
Despite that pressure England couldn’t make any impact on the scoreboard and in fact it was Wales who came closest to scoring next and only a superb last-ditch tackle from Underhill denied Scott Williams the chance to slide over in the corner on the hour.
England’s finishers came on, including scrum half Richard Wigglesworth for his first cap since 2015, while Farrell also moved to fly-half as Ben Te’o was introduced at inside centre.
Anscombe’s break through midfield saw England penalised on their 22m and he sent the resulting kick over to reduce the deficit by six points with four minutes left to set up a thrilling finale, however, they did not come close to breaching the home defence again.
On the day Danny Care became England's most capped scrum half winning his 78th Test cap in a 10-year international career, surpassing the achievement set by former half back Matt Dawson, records tumbled at Twickenham Stadium.
It was a 24th win from their last 25 games and 23 victories out of 24 Tests under Jones.
The result also saw England seal a record 15th consecutive home victory in the Six Nations and they have now also won 15 consecutive home Tests, racking up 66 tries and 519 points.
'We are getting good at winning those arm wrestles'
England head coach Eddie Jones was delighted with the mental toughness his side showed in victory but also gave credit to the opposition at Twickenham.
"It would have been nice to put Wales away earlier but full credit to them they defended well," Jones said.
"We got inside their 22 on a number of occasions but we just couldn't find a way to unlock their defence. I think a lot of credit has to go to Wales.
"It was a good old fashioned arm wrestle, and the great thing for us is we are getting good at winning those arm wrestles.
"We can stay at a game, not be at our best and still get the result we want to get."
After England U20s opened the weekend action with victory against Wales at Kingston Park and the Red Roses continued that at the Stoop, Jones's side completed the hat trick of victories with all England teams unbeaten in the tournament with Scotland the next opponents.
England: Brown; Watson, Joseph, Farrell, May; Ford, Care; M Vunipola, Hartley (capt), Cole, Launchbury, Itoje, Lawes, Robshaw, Simmonds.
Replacements: George, Hepburn, H Williams, Kruis, Underhill, Wigglesworth, Te'o, Nowell.
Wales team: Anscombe (Cardiff Blues); Adams (Worcester), S Williams (Scarlets), Parkes (Scarlets), S Evans (Scarlets); Patchell (Scarlets), G Davies (Scarlets); R Evans (Scarlets), Owens (Scarlets), Lee (Scarlets), Hill (Dragons), AW Jones (Ospreys capt), Shingler (Scarlets), Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Moriarty (Gloucester).
Replacements: Dee, W Jones, Francis, B Davies, Tipuric, A Davies, Watkin, North.