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We showed character - Gatland

Wales coach Warren Gatland praised the "composure and character" of his side after they clinched the Triple Crown and made history with a 19-12 victory against England after an exciting and dramatic RBS 6 Nations encounter at Twickenham.

Scott Williams scored the winning touchdown in the second half and Leigh Halfpenny kicked 14 points for Wales, while fly-half Owen Farrell kicked four penalties for England. It was the first time Wales had ever won the Triple Crown at Twickenham.

"I said to the players before the game they had a chance to create history. They've done that and I'm delighted," said Gatland.

"It was a great Test match. England's defence was excellent. Maybe the occasion got to some of our younger players, Leigh Halfpenny missing his first kick and maybe Rhys Priestland did not have his best game but he came through that.

"We showed signs of great composure and character, that's a sign of a team which will get better in time."

England coach Stuart Lancaster, who had called for his team to improve their game by 10 per cent following narrow victories against Scotland and Italy, said: "We are very disappointed to lose but proud of the players and the effort they put in. It was a great Test match and all credit to Wales. Both sides gave it 100 per cent.

"We did improve. The intensity and the pressure of the situation and the inexperience in the squad were all things to test us but we played with credit and did the rose proud.

"There are lots of lessons we can learn but games at this level are going to be won by very fine margins. It's up to us to learn those lessons and move on, and that's part of team development.

"We've been together for less than four weeks and I think we should take credit for how the players have worked."


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