This match was a fine example of the English hammer trying to crack a Welsh boulder and not a nut!. England had most of the possession and territory in this game but could not cross the Welsh line. In their new white strip, they seemed to have just one option bash it up the middle but without support and get turned over. With all of this, the first half was a stalemate as Rhys Priestland and Toby Flood traded penalties. 6-6 half-time.
The second period and it was more of the same, but Wales were starting to make some plays and from 50 minutes put some uncertainty into the England camp which eventually led to Hook breaching the defence. Two further penalties this time from Hook took the game away from England and gave us the final score of:
Wales 19-9 England
Pens: Priestland 2, Hook 2
Pens: Flood 3
Wales: Hook, North, Roberts, Henson, Shane Williams, Priestland, Phillips; James, Burns, Mitchell, Charteris, AW Jones, Lydiate, Warburton (capt), Faletau.
Replacements: Bennett (for Burns, 53), Bevington (for James, James for Mitchell, 77), Turnbull (for Wyn Jones, 60), Tipuric, Knoyle, Scott Williams (for Henson, 32), Brew (for Priestland, 41).
Yellow card: Roberts (41), Phillips (71)
England: Foden, Banahan, Tindall (capt), Hape, Cueto; Flood, Wigglesworth; Corbisiero, Thompson, Cole; Deacon, Lawes; Wood, Fourie, Easter.
Replacements: Mears (for Thompson, 59), Stevens (for Corbisiero, 59), Palmer (for Deacon, 68), Haskell (for Fourie, 50), Care (for Wigglesworth, 30), Hodgson (for Flood, 68), Armitage (for Tindall, 59, Tindall back on 74).
Referee: A Rolland (Ire)