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England 62-5 Wales
1600 BST kick-off

By Phil Harlow

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80 mins: TRY England 62-5 Wales
With the last act of the game, Mathew Tait gets the easiest international try he will ever score. England win possession in the middle on halfway, and Jonny Wilkinson spots a gaping hole in the Wales defence. He kicks the ball straight down the middle, and Tait sprints through to score under the posts with ease.

Wilkinson kicks the conversion to bring up England's biggest ever win over Wales.

78 mins: TRY England 55-5 Wales
England winger Jason Robinson gets in on the tryscoring act with a glorious finish to a flowing move.

Lawrence Dallaglio reclaims possession in midfield, and the ball is swept wide to the left via Dan Hipkiss and Mathew Tait and the veteran wing chips ahead and regathers to score.

Jonny Wilkinson just misses with the conversion.

74 mins: TRY England 50-5 Wales
England score their seventh try through the outstanding Shaun Perry. The scrum-half gets on the end pf a lovely pop pass from Lawrence Dallaglio after the number eight makes another run off the back of a scrum.

Jonny Wilkinson makes no mistake with the conversion to bring up the half century.

73 mins: Jonny Wilkinson chips over from first receiver, but Aled Brew just gets back in time to bravely clear up and touch down in his own in-goal area.

72 mins: YELLOW CARD
With Wales tiring by the minute, Alun Wynn-Jones gets the rest of the match off as he is sin-binned for blatant hands in the ruck.

70 mins: England bring Lewis Moody on for Martin Corry, but the home side are not really playing with the ambition that the scoreline should allow them.

66 mins: TRY England 43-5 Wales
Who else but Lawrence Bruno Nero Dallaglio on his return to Test match rugby? The veteran number eight bursts off the back of a dominant England scrum and bursts through Ceri Sweeney's attempted tackle.

Jonny Wilkinson kicks the extra two points.

65 mins: England are totally on top, but their precision is somewhat lacking out wide.

62 mins: Great strength from Shaun Perry sees him shrug off two Wales tackles to set up a great attacking position. England have a sniff of an overlap, but laboured distribution gives David Strettle nowhere to go by the time he gets the ball.

58 mins: TRY England 36-5 Wales
Lawrence Dallaglio comes on for Nick Easter to a rousing reception, but seconds later he is under the posts with his England team-mates as Wales finally get on the scoresheet through Dafydd James.

A simple runaround move sees Gareth Cooper fling out a long pass to Tom Shaklin, and the centre draws the last man to give his winger a simple run to the line.

Ceri Sweeney is unable to add the conversion from tight on the right touchline.

57 mins: For the first time in about an hour, Wales mount an attack worthy of the name with Tom Shanklin's twinkle toes catching the eye as he dances through.

55 mins: News from the sidelines is that Phil Vickery was taken off because of an ankle injury, although the England skipper does not look in serious discomfort as he looks on.

54 mins: Gethin Jenkins comes on for Iestyn Thomas to make up a completely new front row for Wales, which can only be a good thing for the men in red.

52 mins: Wales make a triple substitution with Alix Popham, Rhys Thomas and T Rhys Thomas entering the fray.

50 mins: TRY England 36-0 Wales
This is getting ugly for Wales, as Shaun Perry is driven over from close range to score his side's fourth try. It's all too easy for England at the moment.

Jonny Wilkinson helps himself to the easy pickings with another two points from the conversion.

46 mins: TRY England 29-0 Wales
England number eight Nick Easter scores another close-range try to bring up a remarkable hat-trick. He is the benefitiary again after the softening up process is executed by his utterly dominant front five colleagues. Substitute Lawrence Dallaglio looks on with a wry smile from the sidelines.

Once again, Jonny Wilkinson kicks the extras.

43 mins: Joe Worsley should hang his head in shame. England work a huge overlap on the left-hand side, but the open-side inexplicably opts to try to score himself. He is tackled and the chance is lost.

In the stands, coach Brian Ashton shakes his head in disbelief. I suspect that will not be the last Worsley hears about that...

41 mins: England catch and drive and go through three phases before sending the ball wider for the backs to have a go, but Wales are defending much better early on in this half.

1701: Wales kick-off to get the second half started, and within a minute Jonny Wilkinson is kicking a penalty into the corner.

1700: No changes for Wales as they come out first for the second half. England make one change though, with captain Phil Vickery being replaced at prop by Matt Stevens.

1657: "The Welsh boys are playing themselves out of the World Cup squad at this rate."
BigAlCrash via 606

1653: "Andy Farrell is playing his heart out, trying to prove his name should be in the World Cup squad."
Anon, via text

40 mins: HALF-TIME England 22-0 Wales
The referee blows up for half-time with England in almost complete control against an understrength Wales side. It's been an encouraging 40 minutes for Brian Ashton's men after their battering in South Africa - but how strong is the opposition?

38 mins: "England are running away with the game and apart from Charvis's run Wales haven't attacked."
Joel from London, via text

37 mins: England keep on impressing with ball in hand, with Joe Worsley bursting through on his own. He cannot find any support though and the attack runs out of steam.

34 mins: PEN England 22-0 Wales
From point-blank range, Jonny Wilkinson puts England even further ahead as he kicks a simple penalty. Wales are staring down the barrel at the moment, and their task is all the harder with a man down for the next 10 minutes.

33 mins: YELLOW CARD
Dan Hipkiss cuts back on the scrissors off Andy Farrell and makes 25m in the blink of an eye. He is halted by a shoulder charge - with no arms involved to try to make a legal tackle - from Aled Brew which knocks the Leicester centre clean off his feet.

Referee Joel Jutge runs out of patience with Wales' questionable tackling and sends Brew to the sin-bin.

29 mins: TRY England 19-0 Wales
Beautiful footwork from Andy Farrell and Jonny Wilkinson gets England in behind the Wales defence. Wilkinson pops up an inside ball to Steve Borthwick who is stopped just short, and Andy Sheridan carries it on for another drive forward. The ball is recycled and Steve Borthwick bursts through next to the posts.

Jonny Wilkinson can't miss with his conversion attempt, and he doesn't.

26 mins: Wales' line-out is simply not working. They desperately need to change that, with three of their put-ins going to England already.

23 mins: A superb break from Colin Charvis carves England open right through the middle. Ceri Sweeney delays his pass slightly, and Charvis bursts between Jonny Wilkinson and Andy Farrell.

He makes 25m before attempting to chip full-back Mathew Tait, but the ball ricochets off the England man and bounces away to end the promising attack. The flanker will probably be wishing he had kept ball in hand.

20 mins: TRY England 12-0 Wales
Another try to Nick Easter, as the Harlequins number eight gets over the line for the second time in five minutes. England win the line-out and then drive straight through a disorganised Wales defensive effort.

Jonny Wilkinson curls in his conversion attempt to add to the scoreline.

18 mins: Another great break from Shaun Perry takes him through the first line of attack, and he passes to the supporting Joe Worsley. The open-side flanker links up with Andy Farrell, but the centre is dragged down.

England win a penalty after Colin Charvis gets on the wrong side to kill the ball.

16 mins: Andy Farrell, who went off early on because of a blood injury, returns with a pink bandage on his head as Toby Flood makes way.

14 mins: TRY England 5-0 Wales
A great response to the cheap shots by Shaun Perry. The scrum-half bursts off the back of the scrum and is hauled down inches short of the tryline. Number eight Nick Easter is in close attendance though, and he buries his way through a pile of bodies to score his first international try.

Jonny Wilkinson's conversion is pretty poor by his standards. In fact, by anyone's standards. He looks disgusted with his effort.

12 mins: Jonny Wilkinson puts up an up-and-under which lands just outside the 22. Daffyd James takes the ball, but a split second late gets Jason Robinson in his midrift, and the tackle forces the turnover.

10 mins: It's scrappy all-round at the moment as England concede a penalty for collapsing the scrum. At the subsequent line-out, Wales take possession then knock-on; England follow suit and there's another high tackle, this time by Colin Charvis, on Shaun Perry after the whistle had gone.

The Bristol scrum-half has been on the receiving end of two bad ones so far.

8 mins: A surprising penalty miss from Jonny Wilkinson after Wales are penalised for an offence at the breakdown. The England fly-half puts his attempt - from about 45m out - wide of the left-hand post.

6 mins: Jonny Wilkinson puts in a lovely kick to the corner from the penalty. England win the line-out, but then they lose possession on the floor after committing too few players to the ruck.

Wales make the most of the chance, sweeping upfield thanks to Gareth Cooper's tap-and-go, but the move peters out after a missed line-out.

4 mins: Boos ring round Twickenham after a dangerous double tackle on Shaun Perry. Chris Horsman comes in with a swinging and high arm on the scrum-half. For good measure, Tom Shanklin throws the scrum-half over his shoulder in an ill-advised attempt at a tackle.

3 mins: A massive tackle from Gareth Thomas leaves Andy Farrell on his backside after the England centre opts to go route one down the blindside.

2 mins: A rusty start from both teams. Andy Farrell knocks on after getting underneath the kick-off, while Wales waste good possession after an accidental offside from England.

1604: The anthems are given a rousing rendition, but then there's a brief delay - as referee Joel Jutge gets his earpiece working - before Jonny Wilkinson gets proceedings under way.

1600: An immaculately observed minute's for Bran and Chris Lane, the father and son who tragically died while trying to salvage equipment from inside Tewkesbury Rugby Club during the recent floods.

1558: "I'd like to see England play a bit more expansively, but I think they'll revert to type and stick the ball into the corners. Wales will play expansively and it's time to put in a performance."
Brent Cockbain on BBC Radio Wales

1557: England, with their new red-swish kits, run out behind captain Phil Vickery. Mathew Tait, who has been swiftly elevated to the starting line-up stands alongside his team-mates ahead of the anthems.

England will start the match with just six replacements, following Mark Cueto's last-minute withdrawal with a groin injury.

1555: Luckily, I'm not a doctor. Mark Cueto is out of the match after picking up the injury during warm-up and England are pressed into a last-minute change with Mathew Tait coming into the starting line-up.

Desperately bad luck for England, and for Cueto - who had the first chance to nail down the number 15 shirt - in particular. Still, one man's misfortune is another man's opportunity.

1550: England full-back Mark Cueto goes to ground in a training drill and looks to be in some pain as he regains his feet. The Sale Sharks man runs it off though, and seems fit to take his place in the starting line-up.

1544: "Tom Shanklin will admit he's not the best looking bloke in the world but he can play some rugby, he's done really well to come back from a serious knee injury and he's vital for Wales."
Wales lock Brent Cockbain on BBC Radio Wales

1540: Both sets of players are going through some last-minute training routines at Twickenham. Make no mistake - the looks on the players' faces suggest this is anything but a "friendly".

1535: "If I was the Wales management, I'd be telling Colin Charvis to get after Jonny Wilkinson because he can be put off his game."
Wales legend Phil Bennett on BBC Radio Wales

1533: The perils of international rugby in August... the players are in for a sweaty old afternoon at Twickenham.

South-west London is bathed in scorching hot sunshine and, after several weeks away from competitive action, the players will need every last bit of the fitness they have spent so much time building up in their training camps.

1520: "It's going to be fairly brutal up front, especially in the first 20 minutes as both packs try to set out their stall."
Matt Dawson on BBC Radio Five Live

1515: "There's a lot to play for the Welsh players - not just for the result but from an individual point of view.

"This is the last chance they have to impress Gareth Jenkins before he names his World Cup squad."
Former Wales star Robert Jones on BBC Radio Five Live

1509: Afternoon all, Twickenham is slowly filling up for the first match of England and Wales' pre-World Cup warm-up preparations.

One bit of late team news. England have made a change on the bench with veteran scrum-half Andy Gomarsall coming in for Peter Richards at the last minute after Richards suffered a back strain.


England: Tait; Strettle, Hipkiss, Farrell, Robinson; Wilkinson, Perry; Sheridan, Regan, Vickery (capt), Shaw, Borthwick, Corry, Worsley, Easter
Replacements: Chuter, Stevens, Moody, Dallaglio, Gomarsall, Flood

Wales: Byrne; A Brew, Shanklin, G Thomas (capt), D James; Sweeney, Cooper; I Thomas, Bennett, Horsman, W James, Sidoli, A W Jones, Charvis, Owen
Replacements: Jenkins, R Thomas, T R Thomas, Popham, Phillips, Hook, T James.


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