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Hook Try Seals Welsh Victory

Wales avenge Twickenham defeat

Posted Aug 16, 2011 by Chris White

Wales bounced back from defeat at Twickenham to win in Cardiff

James Hook’s try was the crucial moment in Wales’ 19-9 victory against England at the Millennium Stadium in a World Cup warm-up that was filled with errors.

The Welsh took the lead with two penalties from Rhys Priestland but Toby Flood put two of his own between the posts to bring the sides level at half-time. Wales were dealt an early blow despite taking the lead, as the recalled Gavin Henson was forced off with what turned out to be a dislocated wrist in the 32nd minute, putting his place in the Welsh World Cup squad in doubt.

England dominated the stages immediately before and after the break, but Martin Johnson’s side struggled to take full control of the game, and didn’t capitalise on a number of chances to get themselves ahead in Cardiff. It was the first time in 14 Tests that England have failed to score a try, leaving Johnson with plenty to think about ahead of his final squad announcement.

Ahead of next week’s game against Argentina at the Millennium, coach Warren Gatland had told his Welsh players to win the game in order to be in consideration for the World Cup squad and they certainly started as though they were playing for their places.

Just before the hour mark, Wales began to fight back against the power of the England pack, with James Hook breaking free and evading the challenges of Dan Cole, James Haskell and Danny Care to touch down and put his side back in front, converting his own try, and then he added two more penalties as England struggled to regain the dominance they had shown in the middle quarters.

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