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England hold on for narrow win over Wales

England’s Sam Underhill and Alec Hepburn in action with Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones.

England’s Sam Underhill and Alec Hepburn in action with Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones.

Two first-half tries by winger Jonny May were enough for holders England to beat a gutsy Wales side 12-6 in an intense Six Nations match at Twickenham on Saturday.

On a freezing wet day in west London, May took advantage of two moments of magic to race over as England claimed a 15th successive home victory in the competition to keep them top of the standings.

England led 12-3 at the interval and although Wales threw everything at them in the second half, Eddie Jones's side produced a resolute rearguard action and clung on to take the points.

Gareth Anscombe's late penalty gave Wales a glimpse of victory but England held out.

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