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Summary

  1. Wales 16-21 England FT
  2. Webb try for Wales, Halfpenny 8pts, Biggar drop-goal
  3. Cuthbert yellow card for Wales
  4. Watson, Joseph tries for England, Ford 3 pens, 1 con
  5. England have Attwood try disallowed
  6. First match of 2015 Six Nations

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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A match to scramble the nerves and shakes out the sinuses. And a result that only whets the appetite for an epic year of rugby to come.

Not a bad way to spend your Friday night.

A free-flowing Scotland side, the ever-enigmatic French and an Ireland side high as kites on Schmidt-fuelled confidence? You won't want to miss Saturday either.

See you back here tomorrow for them all yeah? Deal.

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Luke Boddice: Great result for England. However assisted by Wales having no plan B once again.

Gary: Wales just didn't come out in the second half.

Philip Okeden: Good effort England. Soaking up the pressure and giving it back five fold. Well done to the youngsters.

Wales 16-21 England

Jeremy Guscott

Former England centre on BBC One

"Chris Robshaw's stats are right up there. He leads by example. He's very composed in how he conducts interviews before the game and it's almost as if he says, 'give me the ball, I can carry it and takes full responsibility."

England reaction

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Chris Robshaw
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England captain Chris Robshaw speaking to BBC Sport: "Definitely a very different feel around the changing room tonight than two years ago.

"You look at those first 20 minutes and a lesser side could've crumbled. But, we came in at half-time, regrouped and lifted the intensity.

"I thought the guys defended brilliantly tonight and really took the challenge on.

"We were always confident in the guys who wore the shirt tonight. We went quietly about our business beforehand when lots of people were writing us off and I think we can be very satisfied with what we've done tonight."

Coach reaction

Wales 16-21 England

Warren Gatland and Rob Howley
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Wales coach Warren Gatland speaking to BBC Sport: "I think it was the third quarter that hurt us the most. It was a tough, tight Test match. You've got to give England credit.

"I thought we started well and looked comfortable at half-time. There's seven months to go to the World Cup. Even had we won today it wouldn't have meant a huge amount in regards to seven months time. We've lost the first game of the Six Nations and we have to get back on the horse."

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Sam Warburton
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Wales captain Sam Warburton speaking to BBC Sport: "We're very disappointed, it's not the start we wanted. There's four games to go - three of which are away. But you can't win a Championship by winning three games so every game has to be must-win now.

"The second half we struggled to get momentum and it seemed like England were on top for large parts of second half. You've got to give England credit."

Wales 16-21 England

Robert Jones

Former Wales scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

"George North wasn't in the game at all. He was poor. There was no spark from Wales and Jamie Roberts just couldn't get going."

Wales 16-21 England

Wales coach Warren Gatland has fronted up to the BBC television cameras and it sounds like he is stewing over his side's individual errors.

Rhys Webb gets name-checked for a botched box-kick while Richard Hibbard's throwing in at the line-out is also in his sights.

Full quotes to come...

Player reaction

Wales 16-21 England

James Haskell
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England's James Haskell to BBC Sport: "A lot of people make a big noise about the stadium. There was a bit of gamesmanship, but I couldn't stop smiling when they made us wait. You can either go into your shell or you can show a big of character.

"A couple of things didn't come off in the first half but we stuck to the game plan and it came off. There's a lot of talent in this group."

Wales 16-21 England

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales fly-half on BBC One

"The two wingers didn't play well, there was no counter attack. We knew England would come and kick a lot but you didn't see any counter attack.

"If Wales don't penetrate the game line there is no alternative. We didn't go wide. The talk was George North and Jamie Roberts going down George Ford's channel but that was non-existent.

"I couldn't see how Wales were going to win with 20 minutes to go. They had no possession, they didn't carry the ball and England dominated field position. England bullied them in defence. "

Coach reaction

Wales 16-21 England

Stuart Lancaster and Graham Rown
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England coach Stuart Lancaster speaking to BBC Sport: "I'm delighted. We put ourselves in a bit of a hole although we dug ourselves out. We dominated and left some points out there. Even at half-time I felt we were still in the game. We felt we had the edge on Wales in terms of fitness.

"The World Cup a long way off and there's a lot of time between now and then. But it's nice to be stood in this stadium listening to 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot'."

Wales 16-21 England

Stuart Lancaster does dour. He does measured. He does considered.

It is not often that the Yorkshireman does selfies and skipping for joy.

It is one of those evenings for the England coach though as he poses for a couple of snaps for fans before leaping to high five some more visiting supporters as he heads down the tunnel.

Player reaction

BBC Radio 5 live

Jonathan Joseph
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England try-scorer Jonathan Joseph speaking to Alastair Eykyn: "It's incredible. No greater feeling to come here to Wales and win, probably one of our greatest rivals.

"But the boys dug deep and got the win we deserved.

"There's a lot of confidence in the side and we've got the belief we can attack and penetrate anyone.

"The first game in this championship is massive and to get off to a winning start is huge for us."

Player reaction

Wales 16-21 England

George Ford
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England's George Ford speaking to BBC Sport: "I just wanted to knock it over for the lads. The performance - especially by the pack - was outstanding. We felt comfortable in the first half but had a bit of poor start."

Wales 16-21 England

Sir Clive Woodward

Former England coach on BBC One

"England have been very composed. I cannot tell you how big a win that is for England at the start of 2015, and it was thoroughly deserved. George Ford played really well but there are a lot of heroes out there.

"England could have afforded to lose this game as they are going in the right direction but to win at Wales, and play so well, you can't put a price on that."

Wales 16-21 England

Where does this defeat leave Wales though?

For all their infamous fitness camps, Warren Gatland's side seem to have serious problems seeing out the business end of tight matches.

They have been repeatedly stung against the southern hemisphere big three and now England have come on strong along the home straight to win.

Wales 16-21 England

Brian Moore

Former England hooker on BBC One

"George Ford is my man of the match. He has marshalled two players outside him. I think he has shown remarkable maturity."

Wales 16-21 England

Matt Dawson

Former England scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

"I don't think Wales felt comfortable with all the razzmatazz tonight and the build-up and England stood up to the challenge on a night where neither side really knew what to expect from each other."

Wales 16-21 England

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales fly-half on BBC One

"It's a big loss for Wales, they were totally outplayed. England's defence dominated their ball carriers. There was nothing for Wales. It's a big big win for England. There was no plan B for Wales as usual."

Wales 16-21 England

James Haskell jabs a victorious finger into night sky. He was a presence everywhere around the field and is now firmly in the World Cup frame.

Full-time score summary

Wales 16-21 England

Wales:

Try: Webb

Con: Halfpenny

Pens: Halfpenny (2)

Drop goal: Biggar

England:

Tries: Watson, Joseph

Con: Ford

Pens: Ford (3)

Full-time

Wales 16-21 England

England forwards pile in to hold up their Wales counterparts from kick-off. Time drains away and Jerome Garces calls an end to the contest.

Penalty

Wales 16-21 England - George Ford

The heist is almost complete.

George Ford's kick creeps over and Wales have a minute to go the length of the field and snatch victory.

Wales 16-18 England

Brian Moore

Former England hooker on BBC One

"This is probably the most important kick of Ford's career."

Wales 16-21 England

Matt Dawson

Former England scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

"Luther Burrell has gone off the field and Billy Twelvetrees has come on and run around like a complete nutter. An incredible couple of minutes from England."

Wales 16-18 England

That might be the game locked down for England.

Billy Twelvetrees, fresh off the bench, limpets down over the tackled Luke Charteris and earns England a penalty up at halfway.

George Ford points at the uprights...

Wales 16-18 England

Wales are working through the phases. Luke Charteris bangs the ball up towards halfway.

They are still a way from drop-goal territory though and they are walking a tightrope with so little time remaining.

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Kate Shaw: Unprintable language going on in my house.

Wales 16-18 England

Brian Moore

Former England hooker on BBC One

"England may not be happy, but the referee has given his decision and it's important England get back and maintain their shape and discipline."

No try

Wales 16-18 England

Wales reprieved.

Nick Easter is judged to have blocked off Dan Biggar and the try is chalked off.

The crowd respond with more decibels and if the hosts win from here you can expect Stuart Lancaster to wear out the videotape reviewing that decision.

Try review

Wales 16-18 England

Dave Attwood burrows for the line. He's there!

But Wales want a review of some apparent obstruction from Nick Easter a few phases before.

Big call. And will Shaun Edwards' pre-match words warning of England's decoy runners play on the officials' minds?

Wales 16-18 England

Time to empty the benches.

Nick Easter on for England. George Kruis off.

Aaron Jarvis on for Wales.

Wales 16-18 England

Luther Burrell bursts through some paper-bag tackling in the midfield and England suddenly have a three on two.

Taulupe Faletau comes charging across on some lung-busting cover to even up the numbers and, under pressure, Burrell's pass floats behind the supporting James Haskell.

That could have been thank you and good night for the hosts.

Wales 16-18 England

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales fly-half on BBC One

Ben Youngs on the attack for England
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"Ben Youngs has been the danger and England have taken him off. Maybe it's to close the game down with Wigglesworth kicking. It's the only thing I can think off."

Wales 16-18 England

A teaser of a box-kick from Richard Wigglesworth gives Jonny May every chance, but that is a superb take from Leigh Halfpenny charging up from full-back. World class from the number 15.

George North missed Jonathan Joseph
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Bryan Belcher: England much better second half. Still fancy Wales to win.

John McEnerney: Massive 10 minutes for both sides, England could kill this off or Wales might just click! It will speak volumes about the teams.

Dave Shaw: Didn't see this performance coming, England boys doing the nation proud, keep going lads.

Wales 16-18 England

Changes aplenty now.

Luke Charteris and Mike Phillips replace Jake Ball and Rhys Webb for Wales.

England switch scrum-halves with Richard Wigglesworth on in place of Ben Youngs.

Wales 16-18 England

Matt Dawson

Former England scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

"Wales have not been able to get in to their pattern this half. But what concerns me when England turn the ball over, they're trying to kill it right way. They need to boot it away and get it down to the Wales 22-metre line."

Wales 16-18 England

George North should not really be on the field.

A replay of the Wales wing's last clash of heads shows North going limp as he flops to the turf.

He is up and running again but someone needs to have a word with the Wales bench and get him off for his own good. This is not clever at all.