England coach Stuart Lancaster is pleased to still be in the fight for the RBS 6 Nations title after his side claimed a 29-18 victory over the Welsh at Twickenham.
Wales, who thrashed England 30-3 at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium in last year’s tournament on their way to being crowned champions, were unable to repeat the feat at the home of English rugby.
Danny Care and Luther Burrell both on the scoresheet for the home side.
Owen Farrell kicked five penalties and two conversions, with Leigh Halfpenny’s six penalties the only scores for Wales as England’s indiscipline kept the door ajar for the visitors during the course of the match.
Ireland only need to beat France to secure the Six Nations title next weekend due to their impressive points difference, but if they slip up and England beat Italy in Rome, then Lancaster’s side would instead claim the title.
Speaking after the Wales win, Lancaster said: “I am really proud.
“We set out attacking intent from the start. We didn’t get it right in the first half and Leigh Halfpenny punished us.
“But overall I think we were deserving winners.
“We have got a big game next week. We’re in the (title) fight. We have a big game against Italy to come.
“They (Wales) got one over on us last year and that was in the back of our minds as well, but today is our day.”
The victory against Wales also meant England won the Triple Crown following their victories against Scotland and Ireland – the first time they have won the silverware since 2003.
England second row and man-of-the-match Courtney Lawes hailed the side’s growth over the past 12 months following the win.
He said: “We have grown a lot as a team during the year.It’s been a long time coming to perform like that and we still left opportunities out there.
“But the boys were great today and we needed that win.
“It is fantastic. It was a great game.
“They came out hard and we knew from the off it was going to be a battle.”
Captain Chris Robshaw echoed his pack partner’s sentiments.
“This team has grown and we’re extremely pleased with our performance,” he said.
“But the fact that we gave Leigh Halfpenny 18 points off his boot is something we need to look at.”