England head coach Eddie Jones paid tribute to his side for winning their ‘arm wrestle’ with Wales as they sealed a second NatWest 6 Nations victory.
Jones’ side defeated Wales 12-6 in an attritional affair at a rain-soaked Twickenham Stadium.
Jonny May scored two tries with an Owen Farrell conversion giving them a 24th win in 25 matches under Jones.
And in a game of 341 tackles, England eventually came out on top.
“It’s a win built around courage and belief,” said Jones.
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
“We knew we had to play a certain way to beat Wales today and I thought the execution by the players was absolutely outstanding. Their application and courage in defence was first class.
"I never thought it was going to be a routine victory. Wales are a good, tough side and they're well coached so we always expected it to be a cut and thrust sort of game.
"It would have been nice to put them away earlier but full credit they defended well. We got inside their 22 on a number of occasions but we just couldn't find a way to unlock their defence.”
He added: “We know we can be in an arm wrestle, we can hang on in there and we can find a way to win.”
Enjoy the occasion
Wales came close to breaching England’s tryline several times, with Sam Underhill in particular producing a superb try saving tackled to deny Scott Williams, a moment Jones described as a “key moment”.
He also paid tribute to Mike Brown, who was man of the match, as well as May, whose two tries won the game.
“We’ll enjoy the moment and enjoy the occasion,” he said.
“Mike’s played like that for 24 Tests for us. He’s carries the high ball, he plays with courage, he plays the way we want him to play.”
On May, Jones added: “His first try was outstanding, he was absolutely brilliant.
“He ran well, took his opportunities and he showed how important pace is. No one else in the team would have scored that try apart from Jonny and it was a good reward for him.”