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England 62-5 Wales
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Lawrence Dallaglio celebrates scoriung one of England's nine tries
Lawrence Dallaglio came on and scored England's seventh try
England coach Brian Ashton was full of praise for his team after they romped to a 62-5 World Cup warm-up win over an understrength Wales at Twickenham.

"It takes a lot to make me smile but I'm pretty pleased with that," he said.

"People misunderstand me. I talk about open-ended rugby and to me, that means the type of rugby which is most likely to cause problems for the opposition.

"The balance between running, kicking and driving was as good as I've seen from England in some time."

England's muscular pack battered their Welsh counterparts into submission, with number eight Nick Easter crossing for four close-range tries, mainly thanks to his front five's complete dominance.

Lawrence Dallaglio also enjoyed himself as he marked his return to Test rugby with a try, while lock Steve Borthwick also got on the scoresheet on a day in which England were happy to let their forwards take the lead.

BBC Sport's James Standley
"If we're good enough to score tries from close in, why bother with putting it through an extra 10 pairs of hands to score it somewhere else?" Ashton told BBC Radio Five Live.

The home side left it until late on before letting their backs cut loose, with Jason Robinson and Mathew Tait both grabbing classy tries to add further gloss to the scoreline.

"It's nice to look at a performance like that and see it as one that we're aiming to produce," added Ashton.

"We've had an up-and-down time since I took over. You're never quite sure until the guys get out on the pitch for their first hit-up of the season, whether they're capable of that."

We went back to some traditional attritional play which England have always been renowned for

England's Nick Easter
Ashton also admitted to a mistake in his planning for the match after his side was forced to go into the game with just six replacements.

Mark Cueto pulled up with a groin injury before the game, with Mathew Tait moving from the bench into the team.

But England had only brought 22 players with them, meaning their bench was one short.

"I'm going to hold my hand up," he said.

"It was a big mistake on my part, and I won't make it again. We only brought 22 players with us and things like that can happen. You never stop learning in life, and I've learned a big lesson."

England's last outing against Wales was back in March when Wales' first-choice pack outplayed them to help Gareth Jenkins's team to a 27-18 win.

"We were bullied in Cardiff and that was used as motivation for today - we've done a lot of hard work in that area," said Easter.

"We've got a talented backline and some big forwards and we went back to some traditional attritional play which England have always been renowned for and which maybe we've gone away from in the last few years."

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