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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 March 2007, 20:13 GMT
Pundits on Wales v England
Jonathan Davies
By Jonathan Davies
Former Wales fly-half

Wales against England is always a massive game and on the back of such a poor run of defeats we had to get a result today.

James Hook was man-of-the-match because of his composure, his tactical awareness and because he kept the scoreboard ticking over.

The whole show was when he dropped that ball [to collect a penalty]. He's six points ahead and thinks 'Advantage? No, thank you very much. I will take the kick. We're then nine points ahead, end of game'.

Old head on young shoulders. That's what it's all about - the top two inches.

But the forwards were immense and laid the platform for him.

They just were quicker to the loose ball really. England and Wales are very similar because they can't afford to be mediocre and expect to win.

Wales wanted that more than England. It's very hard to say that at international level but the back row just stood out for me. Martyn Williams, Ryan Jones and Alix Popham totally outplayed the English back row.

France were the best team in the championship - just. But if they had taken the kick-off, Ireland would have won the Grand Slam. One minute of madness for Irish rugby.

Jeremy Guscott
By Jeremy Guscott
Former England centre

England are so frustrating to watch. Today they got on my nerves.

If you look at England from one to eight, who showed up? Absolutely appalling.

There were two breaks of individual skill from Catt and Ellis that led to tries but apart from that there was no pattern on the game whatsoever.

Against France they were playing off Catty or Flood, and there were forwards coming from depth but today - nothing.

It's been an up and down Six Nations. They started off well against Scotland, were poor against Italy, got thrashed by Ireland, came back against France and then this disappointing performance.

What little hair Brian Ashton has got left, he's going to be pulling the rest of it out after that performance.




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