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England overturned a three-point half-time deficit to defeat Wales 27-13 and win the Old Mutual Wealth Cup at Twickenham.
Wales led 13-10 at the break, with prop Rob Evans crashing over from a metre out as early as the sixth minute and Dan Biggar adding the conversion.
Biggar sent over a penalty nine-minutes later before England came back into the game.
George Ford dragged a penalty wide before sending another chance for three points to the corner. From the resulting line-out England set up a driving maul and recycled to Luther Burrell who charged through to stretch over.
Ford missed the conversion as Biggar sent over his second penalty but with seven minutes of the half remaining Bath wing Anthony Watson lit up Twickenham with a wonderful finish in the corner.
His Bath team mate Ford missed the conversion with England letting seven points slip in an open first half at Twickenham.
Ben Youngs sparked England into life shortly after the break jinking through to stretch over for their third try and a two-point lead.
Jack Clifford then intercepted a ball in midfield to run in from half-way and Ford’s conversion took the score to 22-13.
Marland Yarde then went over in the right-hand corner with England creating an overlap to send the Harlequins man in for 27-13.
NO ORDINARY JOE
Without Saracens duo Maro Itoje and George Kruis, England headed into the game without their second-row pairing from the RBS 6 Nations. However, Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes both took their chances to impress with England ending the game with a 100 per cent success on their own lineout.
With 10 tackles made, four gainline breaks and two turnovers won, Launchbury’s performance saw him named man of the match. Launchbury was also IBM Try Tracker’s Key Influencer on the day.
“I think every time you get to come here and play in a white shirt at Twickenham it’s an opportunity," said Launchbury, after his performance.
"It's a fantastic occasion every time you’re lucky enough to do it. I think myself and all of squad today wanted to go out and put in the best performance they could.”
BURRELL IS BACK
Centre Luther Burrell marked his return in an England shirt with a composed performance and a well-taken try.
The Northampton centre last played in August 2015 and having missed the Rugby World Cup and the 2016 RBS 6 Nations he now has four tries in 13 international performances.
Wing Marland Yarde also marked his international comeback with his fifth England try having last played for England in November 2014, against Australia.
"I thought Luther played quite well and I’ve got a decision to make there," said England Head Coach Eddie Jones, who is yet to decide who to take on tour in place of injured Manu Tuilagi.
Bath wing Watson showed great pace, strength and athleticism to go over in the corner as he continues to add to his growing reputation on the international stage.
Watson, whose try against Wales, has seen him score in his last four games in a row and also has 10 in his last 12 matches.
Teimana Harrison made his England debut and put in a solid performance and was joined in winning first international caps by Ellis Genge, Tommy Taylor and Ollie Devoto.