Wales' Top 5 Moments v England

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The Six Nations kicks off with a mouthwatering Friday night clash between Wales and England. To get in the match-day mood, here's a countdown of Wales' finest moments against the old enemy... 

5. England 19 Wales 26, 2008

Wales reversed a 10-point half-time deficit with tries from Lee Byrne and Mike Phillips to claim their first win at Twickenham for 20 years on their way to another Grand Slam campaign in 2008. Blistering though the second half comeback was, the defining moment probably came in defence at the end of the first half when Paul Sackey seemed certain to score but the combined efforts of James Hook and Huw Bennett – and the video referee – just about denied him the try that would have taken England out of sight.

4.   Wales 10 England 9, 1993

Wales were perennial wooden spoonists when Will Carling’s England arrived in Cardiff aiming for a third successive Grand Slam in 1993. England were again on top and leading 9-3 when Emyr Lewis kicked hopefully from deep inside his own half. Rory Underwood was, for once, leaden-footed as he turned to clear, allowing Ieuan Evans to pick his pocket with a fly kick and chase on to score the winning try.


3. Wales 30 England 3, 2013

It’s difficult to pick a single moment in this heaviest-ever defeat of England which avenged 30-plus years of hurt against their fiercest rivals and secured Wales back-to-back Six Nations titles. The homes side’s dominance in the scrum had yielded a lead of only 12-3 when two Alex Cuthbert tries in 10 second-half minutes crushed the opposition, giving the ecstatic Welsh fans a celebration party that probably exceeded the three Grand Slams of the previous eight seasons.

2. Wales 11 England 9, 2005

Not only did Gavin Henson show nerves of steel to clinch Wales’ first victory over England in Cardiff for 12 years with his late kick from long range, he also set the tone for the team and the crowd earlier in the game. Henson man-handled Mathew Tait with not just one, but two bulldozing tackles, lifting the England centre clean off the ground and driving him backwards on both occasions. Wales were also carried away – with belief – and went on to win not only the opening match but also their first Grand Slam in 27 years.

1. Wales 33 England 32, 1999

The very last moment of the last ever Five Nations Championship (before Italy joined) was perhaps the sweetest in the 70-year history of the championship for Wales. England were within touching distance of another Grand Slam and a fifth successive Triple Crown when Scott Gibbs called an unrehearsed crash ball from fellow rugby league convert Scott Quinnell to blast through the England line. His jinking run to the line is now the stuff of Welsh folklore but it still took a composed conversion from the ever-dependable Neil Jenkins to secure the incredible last-gasp victory.

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