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Wales' Dan Lydiate savours memorable Twickenham win

Published 26/09/2015

Flanker Dan Lydiate played a starring role as Wales claimed a famous World Cup win against England at Twickenham
Flanker Dan Lydiate played a starring role as Wales claimed a famous World Cup win against England at Twickenham

Dan Lydiate hailed Wales' stirring 28-25 World Cup victory over host nation England as a win that "will stick long in the memory".

The Ospreys flanker delivered another of his trademark towering defensive displays as Wales beat England at Twickenham for the third time during Warren Gatland's coaching reign.

Despite seeing three players leave the field injured - Scott Williams, Hallam Amos and Liam Williams - Wales kept their composure and prevailed through Gareth Davies' late try and 23 points from the boot of brilliant fly-half Dan Biggar.

" It is one that will stick long in the memory. We had to dig really deep," Lydiate said.

"It is quite a short turnaround to Fiji now, and we will lick our wounds. We are certainly not having the best run with injuries at the moment.

"There are a lot of leaders out there in that team.

"I was off the pitch for the last 10 minutes, but you could see the leaders were talking. It was about cool heads and keeping things ticking over, and the replacements were clinical when they came on. It was definitely a huge squad effort.

"The boys put their bodies on the line, and you can't fault that. It was a hell of a game to be involved in.

"The atmosphere was brilliant, and these are the type of games you want to be involved in.

"It feels quite similar to 2012, when we came up here and won in the Six Nations. But it is only the second game in our pool, and Fiji will be a really tough game for us next Thursday."

Wales lock Alun-Wyn Jones added: "It feels pretty good, but from a playing point of view it is only the second game of the pool stage, and we have got to be realistic about that.

"It is a short turnaround, but there are teams that have had shorter turnarounds. I think five days is a bit of a luxury!

"We are travelling back to Wales (on Saturday night), and it is going to be a quick turnaround. There are a few more injuries, and a few guys to be assessed.

"More than the result itself, the character the team showed was a big thing for us.

"We weathered that storm, and we got there at the end with a big kick from Dan Biggar. As the pressure came on, we sort of grew into the game."

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