Six Nations 2015: England win banished demons - James Haskell

James Haskell
James Haskell was prevented from scoring a try when tackled into the post by Wales' Alex Cuthbert

Flanker James Haskell says England "banished the demons" of 2013 with their Six Nations victory over Wales.

England won 21-16 on Friday at the Millennium Stadium in the opening game of this year's tournament.

Haskell, 29, was in the side beaten 30-3 in Cardiff two years ago, ending England's Grand Slam hopes and securing the title for Wales.

"When we came here in 2013 we were soundly beaten," he said. "For some of us it was about banishing our demons."

England have replaced defending champions Ireland, who beat Italy on Saturday, as favourites to win the Six Nations.

Haskell, who won his 54th cap, added: "Every time we go to Cardiff, Wales are very, very fierce opposition with a difficult crowd behind them.

"But by the end it felt as though the stadium was full of English fans, which was quite a nice feeling. It's a great place to go and win.

"To get any win, especially against a Welsh side, is very, very special. It does feel very satisfying."

England face Italy at Twickenham in their next game on Saturday.

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