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SIX NATIONS: Wales keep Grand Slam dream alive

Wales kept their Six Nations Grand Slam dream alive on Saturday after a spirited second-half comeback against England saw them win 21-13 in Cardiff.

England had led 10-3 at the interval after a stern defensive performance was coupled by Tom Curry’s first international try.

Wales fought back and took the lead with 13 minutes to go when second row Cory Hill barreled over the line after a series of relentless drives.

Dan Biggar was thrown into the mix prior to this and took control of the game with 20 minutes to go, before landing a difficult conversion from the touchline in the 70th minute.

Josh Adams sealed the win after Biggar was at the centre of the action again, playing a perfect cross kick over to Adams who swiveled and crashed over the line to score.

Former Gloucester forward and Hartpury college student, Ross Moriarty, put in a solid performance for Wales at the weekend and looks like a man reborn after he joined Welsh side Dragons at the start of the 2018/19 season.

The win means Warren Gatland’s men have now won 12 consecutive Test matches – a new national record – as well as having won nine straight matches at home for the first time since 1999.

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Wales continued their dominance in this fixture in years ending in ‘nine’ having won against England in 1949, 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009.

Wales are the only unbeaten side left in the Six Nations after their win against England and remain on track to complete the Grand Slam.

Poll results asking if Wales will win the Grand Slam. (Sam Hill via Twitter)

Wales face Scotland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh on Saturday 9 March at 2:15pm with their final game of the tournament coming against Ireland at home the following weekend.

Elsewhere, France eased to victory in Paris against Scotland winning 27-10 with Gregory Alldritt scoring two tries in a dominant display.

Ireland came from being behind against Italy to win 26-16, after a solid defensive display allowed them to score 14 points without response from the Italians in the second-half.

England will next play Italy at Twickenham, London on Saturday 9 March at 4:45pm. Ireland host France at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Sunday 10 March at 3pm.

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