Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Wales defeated England 19-9 at the Millennium Stadium this past weekend in what was a good Rugby World Cup warm-up for them, and a match that the visitors would rather forget. The home side now have some big injury concerns though, with the world cup just three weeks away.
James Hook scored 13 points in the second half, including a try, as Wales took advantage of their opportunities, while England struggled to convert on all their possession, an area that Martin Johnson was displeased with.
"I've never seen a game like it, to dominate like that and not have the points," said Johnson. "Then we made too many errors in the second half. We lost cohesion in the last 20. We had a real stranglehold on the game in terms of possession and let it slip.
"I am disappointed but it was the strangest game I have seen," he added.
What's disappointing for Wales is that following the win, injuries to a few players have raised concerns. Gavin Henson looks to be out of the World Cup entirely, having injured his wrist, while Rhys Priestland has a thigh strain, adding to the broken leg of Morgan Stoddart. Key front rower Gethin Jenkins will not take part in their opening RWC game against South Africa.
Young skipper Sam Warburton was naturally over the moon with the win though. "Weve put a lot of effort in over the last two months and the boys are pretty pleased that weve got the reward," he said.
Based on the last two weeks, who do you see going further in the RWC, Wales or England?