Itoje absence confirmed for England's trip to Wales

       Maro Itoje is 'progressing nicely' ahead of England's trip to Cardiff to play Wales on Saturday

0:34 Maro Itoje is 'progressing nicely' ahead of England's trip to Cardiff to play Wales on Saturday

The Saracens lock suffered knee ligament damage in England's opening win over Ireland and missed the 44-8 rout of France at Twickenham.

When asked if Itoje could recover in time to play a part this weekend, Mitchell said: "Definitely, he's certainly progressing really well". In the decisive last 20 minutes on a feverish Saturday afternoon, it was all they could do not to string a few of them together and repeatedly dial 999.

"Wales have struggled really to put performances together and England have looked fantastic".

For the first two rounds of the Six Nations campaign, England were the king of the pack, but under the cool Cardiff sky, Wales brought a structured attack which was focused on preventing Ben Youngs and Owen Farrell from finding any momentum.

Anscombe reduced the deficit to one point with two more penalties before Cory Hill and Josh Adams both scored tries to cap a superb comeback at the Principality Stadium.

A Welsh fan delights in watching the win over England.

"You are hated there", says England scrum-half Danny Care.

A 21-13 scoreline; a killer try after 34 phases 12 Test wins on the bounce; Welsh wins over England in 1949, 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009 and now 2019.

It was a sentiment summed up in a speech by Wales captain Phil Bennett shortly before the 1977 edition in Cardiff where the outstanding fly-half concluded by telling his side: "We've been exploited, raped, controlled and punished by the English - and that's who you are playing this afternoon".

"They will try to take us on at set-pieces, use big runners and look to play a territory game and kick a lot".

"The people we had and the people who came on today stood up".

What England don't have to take to the World Cup is a win over Wales ahead of the tournament and that is a big blank.

He always felt England were beatable, despite Eddie Jones' outfit being "outstanding in their first two games".

"When I won Grand Slams in 2005 and 2008 I think we were a very good team but we weren't a ideal squad". Then as England attempted to rally, despite having Courtney Lawes and Jonny May off through injury, Wales waited for another chance to punish England as they frantically scrambled to haul Gatland's side back. Coach Warren Gatland managed not to grin while talking to reporters.

Victory against Warren Gatland's side would make them strong favourites for the title with matches against Italy and Scotland to come.

And England prop Kyle Sinckler, who conceded the penalty from which Anscombe cut the gap, then infringed again, and Anscombe completed his penalty hat-trick after 56 minutes. "England seem to be playing the best rugby and if they can play anything like that it could be a good day".

Wales - L Williams; G North, J Davies, H Parkes, J Adams; G Anscombe, G Davies; R Evans, K Owens, T Francis; C Hill, A W Jones J Navidi, J Tipuric, R Moriarty.

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