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Wales stun England to open up Six Nations

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Rugby Union - Six Nations Championship - Wales v England - Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Britain - February 23, 2019 Wales\u0027 Liam Williams celebrates as Josh Adams scores their second try REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Wales blew the Six Nations wide open with an epic 21-13 victory over England on Saturday as late tries for Cory Hill, after a monumental 30-phase goal-line assault, and Josh Adams at the death secured a national record 12 successive victory. England were leading 13-9 after a first-half Tom Curry try and looked set to make it three wins in a row before the hosts turned the match, and the championship, with a relentless attack that sent Hill over 12 minutes from time.

Winger Adams then caught a high kick in the corner to settle it and send the Principality Stadium into raptures.

England coach Eddie Jones said he was frustrated that his side had “let ourselves down” in certain areas as they allowed Wales to surge back and claim victory. “It was a nip and tuck sort of a game, fine margins, you make one mistake it cost us a try that ultimately cost us the game,” Jones told reporters.

“We started the second half brilliantly but lost a bit of momentum and gave away some penalties, which allowed them back in the game. They beat us in the air, the penalty count was lopsided and when you are getting beaten in those two areas when it’s a tight game, you are going to struggle,” Jones added.

“Full credit to Wales, they played very well, deserved to win today, played smartly, and we just let ourselves down in the areas I spoke about.”

Wales top the standings on 12 points, with England second on 10, though, thanks to their earlier bonus points and with home games against Italy and Scotland to come, they are still well-placed to win the title.

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