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5 things we learned from England v Wales

Published 29/05/2016

England's George Ford had a poor day with the boot against Wales
England's George Ford had a poor day with the boot against Wales

England maintained their unbeaten record under head coach Eddie Jones as they defeated Wales 27-13 at Twickenham.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five things learned from the contest.

1. OWEN FARRELL SHOULD START AT FLY-HALF AGAINST AUSTRALIA

George Ford, England's starting number 10 against Wales, endured a nightmare afternoon with the boot, missing six kicks at goal. Saracens star Farrell, who steered his club to a domestic and European trophy double this season, is in prime form. F Farrell was at inside centre for England during the Six Nations, but England need him bossing it in the play-maker role.

2. ENGLAND'S SECOND-ROW DEPTH IS A WORLD RUGBY ENVY

Because of Saturday's Aviva Premiership final between Saracens and Exeter, England faced Wales without first choice locks Maro Itoje and George Kruis, but Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes proved world-class replacements, both making huge contributions that underlined England's riches in the second-row department.

3. WALES NEED TO FIND AN ATTACKING EDGE

Wales made a bright start at Twickenham, moving into a 13-5 lead following an early Rob Evans try, but they lost their way once England got going and were far too lateral in attack. When Wales moved possession wide, they lacked direct runners to threaten England's defence, and too many opportunities were wasted, in direct contrast to England's high-class finishing ability.

4. RHYS WEBB CAN MAKE WALES TICK IN NEW ZEALAND

The Ospreys scrum-half was comfortably Wales' best player against England, and if they are to have any chance during a three-Test series against the world champion All Blacks in New Zealand, then they need Webb running the show. He looks far and away the best number nine in Britain and Ireland at present, consistently taking right options and never allowing the opposition defence a minute's rest.

5. TWICKENHAM TOUR WARM-UP TEST WAS WORTHWHILE

The scheduling of the latest England versus Wales Test attracted many critics, but it served its purpose for both England head coach Eddie Jones and his opposite number Warren Gatland. In terms of the teams gaining a hit-out ahead of demanding summer tours - England play three Tests in Australia, while Wales face New Zealand - it was an important exercise, with Wales in particular benefiting from the return after long-term injuries of centre Scott Williams and lock Alun Wyn Jones.

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