Autumn Nations Cup: England and Wales won

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Autumn Nations Cup: England and Wales won

England beat Ireland 18-7 at Twickenham, Wales beat Georgia at Llanelli 18-0 in the two matches for the second day of the Autumn Nations Cup. In a week the national team of the Rose will be the guest of Wales in Llanelli, while Ireland will host Georgia.

Jonny May, who wins the aerial duel with the extreme Hugo Keenan, lands, turns and goes over the line to crush. And May in the 21st minute makes a double with a personal action: the Irish lose the touch thrown at 10 meters in attack, the English do not let themselves be begged and start again in the hand, the winger receives the ball still within 22, accelerates, avoids two tackles and then kicks to chase in the empty half of the field, arrives first on the oval that bounces in the 22 opponents Farrell, who had the first transformation wrong, this time realizes.

Ireland finally seems to wake up and in the half hour close to the goal, with Keith Earls who, on the invention of the halfback Jamison Gibson-Park, takes a hole in the 22 and arrives two meters from the line, stopped by the English defense who also steals the ball.

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England's greatest merit lies in making a very strong opponent look mediocre: it is the hungry and organized defense that the difference. In fact, Ireland besieges the 22 English, but fails to find the right gap, even when Ross Byrneon the lead tries the grubber route for Chris Farrell, who arrives on the ball, but on he swoops in to stop him from crushing Henry Slade.

Deserved goal for 18-7, but there is no time to do anything else. In Wales things are more or less similar to the Twickenham match a week ago, with Georgia forced to defend practically in their 22s for most of the time. But, unlike England, Wales, in a clear moment not, fails to hit the big target for over half the time.

In fact, Callum Sheedy unlocks it on a place conquered by the scrum in the 10 ' At 26 ', from the umpteenth scrum at 5 meters, after missing the target on a couple of occasions, Wales finally found a small superiority offshore, with Louis Rees-Zammit.

Georgia, however, found a way to appear in the Welsh half of the field, without however collecting points, even when a free kick arrives in the end, because Tedo Abzhandadze sent him wide. Sheedy still goes for an easy placed at 51 ', then at 56' the flanker Beka Saghinadze remedies a yellow card for a violent intervention on Justin Tipuric.

It is not good even when the rookie flanker James Botham recovers a loose ball in mid-court and flies to the right flank: when he is tackled in the 22 he arrives in support of Cory Hill but in diving and is rightly punished.

The lack of ideas is also demonstrated by a talented midfielder of Rhys Webb, who raises a useless kick in the 22 opponents, provoking a dangerous counterattack that ends in touch. Webb makes up for it by flying in goal at 76.