Welsh full-back J.P.R. Williams crowned a record appearance with a brilliant late try which led?
Welsh full-back J.P.R. Williams crowned a record appearance with a brilliant late try which led Wales to a 21-9 victory over England at Twickenham in London on Saturday (17 January). It was Wales first five-nations rugby union championship match of the season.
Williams, making a record 34th appearance as Welsh full-back, earned a standing ovation from the capacity 68,000 crowd after snatching a reverse pass from Phill Bennett to score under the posts just on full time.
Wales put on early pressure with an opportunist try from Gareth Edwards and consolidated it with a conversion by Steve Fenwick. Alan Martin kicked a goal to give Wales a 9-0 lead.
Alastair Hignell opened the scoring for England with a good penalty kick to make it 9-3 but then Williams went over again for Wales. This was converted by Fenwick to give Wales a 15-3 lead.
The half-time score stood at 15-6 after Hignell kicked another long one for England.
Play in the second half was more scrappy and the only scoring was a penalty from Hignell to make it 15-9 and then J.P.R. Williams' last minute try. This was converted by Fenwick to bring the final score to 21-9.
Rugby is the national sport in Wales - and their convincing win confirmed the impression that they are the best side in the home countries.
SYNOPSIS: At Twickenham in London on Saturday, Wales soundly defeated England twenty-one - nine in the five nations rugby union championships before a capacity crowd of 68,000.
Over to BBC commentator Bill McLaren with the highlights of the match.....