- Northampton and England scrum half Lee Dickson analyses Anthony Watson's try
- International Dickson has won 18 caps for England
- England beat Wales 27-13 in the Old Mutual Wealth Cup
Anthony Watson’s try against Wales on Sunday in the Old Mutual Wealth Cup is my Play of the Week. Watson scored England’s second of five tries on a sunny afternoon at Twickenham as part of their preparation for the three-match tour to Australia.
England played really well on Sunday against a strong Welsh outfit, Watson’s try was key to their comeback from a poor start and because it was near half time it gave the home side momentum going into the break.
Captain Dylan Hartley made the right call to kick to the corner from a penalty and keep the pressure on Wales because he recognised that Luther Burrell had scored from a similar position 10 minutes earlier.
The try begins with debutant back row Teimana Harrison (green) who carries strongly over the gain line which gets England on the front foot.
Ben Youngs (9) then feeds fly half George Ford quick ball from the ruck to expose the Welsh defence on the right-hand side.
The ball goes through the hands of Bath trio Ford, Jonathan Joseph (blue) and Watson (red) who only have two Welsh defenders (yellow) in front of them, forming an overlap.
Ford and Joseph do well to fix Liam Williams (15) and George North (14) and create space for Watson who beats the full back on the outside.
Watson’s power to bump Williams is exceptional and his ability to crawl to the line with 110kg of George North on his back shows amazing strength and balance.
As for the finish, Watson demonstrates the skills of a natural finisher because when he lands on his back he is blind to the try line. He has to reach for the line without seeing anything which shows amazing spacial awareness and confidence in his scoring ability.
This is Watson’s 10th try in 12 games for England and I rate this amongst his best tries in a white shirt.
The finish from the 22 year-old is world class and Australia will be worried by the confidence he is showing in his play.