Wales' Liam Williams scoops Guinness Six Nations Man of the Match

Wales' Liam Williams scoops Guinness Six Nations Man of the Match

Wales' Liam Williams scoops Guinness Six Nations Man of the Match

The star lock sustained a ligament injury to his right knee during England's eye-catching 32-20 opening-round win against reigning Grand Slam champions Ireland, keeping him out of the subsequent victory over France.

England's trip to Wales looks primed to be a pivotal clash in the outcome of this year's Six Nations and the mind games started early.

"And I know we're going to get it, I can see it in the players' eyes now". "I don't think England know what [Wales] team is going to turn up on Saturday", Gatland said.

"We've had the results, but maybe not the performances, so we have got a bit of work ahead of us", said McBryde.

Wales have won their past eight home matches and victory over an in-form England side would set a new national record of 12 successive victories in tests.

Wales were without wing George North on England's last visit two years ago, when the visitors won 21-16 with two tries to Wales' one - an exact repeat of 2015's Friday-night tournament opener - while even Wales' 30-3 win in 2013 contained only two tries.

After destructive wins against Ireland and France, England were brought down to earth in Cardiff.

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England stopped trying to play and stopped scoring.

However, that lead was slashed to just one point after two penalty goals from Anscombe, who was replaced by Dan Bigger at the end of the third quarter. Drop goals are not just reserved for winning World Cup finals like Joel Stransky in 1995, or Jonny Wilkinson in 2003, they are legitimate methods of building the score and that was not too clever from the English. "It's the game most people get excited about come Six Nations time, especially when it's in Cardiff", he told the RFU website.

England's first-half defence was enormous with Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes, Mark Wilson and Curry tackling anything that moved to ensure the absent Make Vunipola and Maro Itoje were not missed.

It would be a major surprise if the ace goalkicker, who did not play for the Scarlets against Benetton in the Pro14 last weekend, was to make his return to rugby in an worldwide that could decide the destiny of the Six Nations title with both Wales and England having won their opening two matches. "It's a massive challenge playing against an England team that is playing really well and with a lot of confidence, and we've got to make it hard for them on Saturday".

"All of a sudden Wales have strength in depth and they're not really sure what their strongest XV is at the moment, which is a good sign". England had quick ball and another big away win in their sights.

So Wales on current form are the underdogs, but their head coach Warren Gatland has faith in the unfamiliar. Gareth Anscombe had landed all three of his penalties but he had also kicked poorly from hand and struggled to escape the shackles of England's rush defence. So England were three points down with 10 minutes to play. That went to the soaring, sublime Liam Williams.

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