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The BBC's Ian Robertson
"They overwhelmed a very limited Welsh side"
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Wales coach Graham Henry
"The Welsh side tried very hard, but I think you have got to give the English side a lot of credit"
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England coach Clive Woodward
"I thought we could have played a lot better to be fair"
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England try scorer Lawrence Dallaglio
"It certainly wasn't the prettiest of tries"
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Saturday, 4 March, 2000, 18:25 GMT
Rampant England batter Welsh

England's defence was as robust as their attack
England 46-12 Wales

England continued their march towards the Six Nations trophy with a mammoth five-try victory over Wales at Twickenham.

Six Nations Championship
Wales matched England for a short time but the visitors were quite simply blown apart as England powered away with tries from Phil Greening, Neil Back, Richard Hill, Lawrence Dallaglio and Ben Cohen.

Dallaglio: Bulldozed his way to the line
It was significant that four out of five England touchdowns were scored by forwards, all four men going over at the end of some scintillating attacking play.

Greening, the hooker, popped up as a makeshift left-winger to score a first-half breakaway try that gave England the edge after a finely balanced opening 30 minutes.

That score was the only difference between the sides at half-time after Wales fly-half Neil Jenkins had matched Jonny Wilkinson kick for kick.

But the interval score of 19-12 gave little sign of the second-half battering to come as England equalled their highest ever total against the Welsh.

Wales literally had no answer to the power of England's all round game as they failed to register a single second half point, while England racked up 27.

Cohen: Late try capped memorable England win
Twenty of them came from tries, the sternest answer to those who criticised their muscular but try-less win in Paris.

England managed to perfectly combine the exhilaration of their performance against Ireland with the bloody-minded discipline they showed against France.

None more so when backrower Back was on hand to finish a fine back line move 12 minutes into the second half.

MIke Tindall battered the initial hole in the Welsh defence, and it was turned into a gaping void by Dallaglio following up behind.

Power then turned to pace as Dallaglio slipped the ball to Austin Healey, Back arriving on the overlap to polish off his 13th try.

That score took the total to 27-12 and effectively sealed the game for England, but far from ending their charge it signalled their most productive spell.
Tindall tackles Williams
England's defence was as robust as their attack
The demoralised Welsh, their ranks depleted first by the sin-binning of Garin Jenkins and then Scott Quinnell, crumbled in the face of the awesome England attack.

Greening, man-of-the-match, was running like an inside centre, Dallaglio a winger, as England sensed blood and went for the kill.

Hill and Dallaglio scored two tremendous solo tries in a five-minute spell.

The flanker's was good but it was surpassed by that of Dallaglio, who, with Quinnell off the pitch, drove single-handedly to the line - a clutch of red shirts hanging forlonly off his back as effective as sand-flies.

Wilkinson's conversion took England's score into the 40s but they were not done there as Cohen capped a fine individual performance with his third international try.

It was a text-book move, Perry taking a high ball running right and switching the ball to Healey running left.

The change of direction completely wrong-footed the Welsh.

Healey's burst set up Cohen on the flank, Wales' Gareth Thomas surrender in the chase typifying the depth of their defeat.

Teams:

England: M Perry (Bath); A Healey (Leicester), M Tindall (Bath), M Catt (Bath), B Cohen (Northampton); J Wilkinson (Newcastle), M Dawson (Northampton, capt); J Leonard (Harlequins), P Greening (Sale), P Vickery (Gloucester), G Archer (Bristol), S Shaw (Wasps), R Hill (Saracens), N Back (Leicester), L Dallaglio (Wasps).
Replacements: N McCarthy (Gloucester), T Woodman (Gloucester), J Worsley (Wasps), M Corry (Leicester), A Gomarsall (Bedford), A King (Wasps), I Balshaw (Bath).

Wales: S Howarth (Newport); G Thomas (Cardiff), A Bateman (Northampton), M Taylor (Swansea), S Williams (Neath); N Jenkins (Cardiff), R Howley (Cardiff); P Rogers (Newport), G Jenkins (Swansea), D Young (Cardiff, capt), C Quinnell (Cardiff), C Wyatt (Llanelli), C Charvis (Swansea), B Sinkinson (Neath), S Quinnell (Llanelli).
Replacements: B Williams (Bristol), S John (Cardiff), I Gough (Pontypridd), M Williams (Cardiff), R Smith (Ebbw Vale), M Cardey (Llanelli), S Jones (Llanelli).

Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland).
Touch judges: Paul Honnis (New Zealand) and Joel Jutge (France).

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