Six Nations Wales title holder bids farewell to the chance to keep the crown after a crushing defeat to England rivals at Twickenham, where Marcus Smith impressed from the start
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The Youngs’ 115th rotation put him past Jason Leonard to become the nation’s most-capped player and the prop legend was in the 81,269 crowd to applaud his achievement.
For the most part the game starts to stop, there’s nothing else to cheer about Wales was pinged eight times in the first half and Smith hit England with a clear 12.
But the game started again after half-time when Alex Dombrandt dashed into a hideously toppled Wales cross to score for England.
Wales could have folded but Tomos Williams instead beat Josh Adams with a long cross to pull back the game in the 54th minute.
And when Taulupe Faletau and Dan Biggar combined to put Nick Tompkins through in a split second six minutes later, the alarm bells suddenly went off for England.
Smith then showed the composure to play at his level – twice scoring the penalty from long range to take the game away from Wales and claim the man of the match award. fight.
Youngs then stepped onto the pitch for his record moment, which was applauded by the Duke and Duchess of Wales.
“An absolute honor to have held the record for so long,” Leonard said before turning to the Youngs.
“I couldn’t have wanted a better individual to break the men’s shirt record because you are the absolute credit for the game.”
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Happy for Leicester Scrum-his big half-day ended in victory – although it’s a shame for England, Wales overtook them with three tries.
The final goal came at the last minute when super-sub Kieran Hardy reacted fastest to score next to the post.
That was not enough to nourish Wales’ title hopes, while England will know they need to improve a lot before Ireland reach Twickenham in two weeks’ time.
ENGLAND – Try: Dombrandt. Pen: Smith 6.
SALARY – Test: Adams, Tompkins, Hardy. Defect: Biggar 2.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/england-wales-six-nations-report-26338305 England overtake Wales 23-19 as Marcus Smith shines in a must-win six-nation clash