In a battle of home-nation rivals, England came in expecting to win. But Wales experienced a taste of early success against South Africa that was bound to give them some hopes of mounting an upset over their British adversary.
Tom Bowen was the first to score for England, coming in the second minute. Tom Mitchell kicked the conversion. But the Dragons were next to score, this one coming from Ben Roach. The conversion was no good, keeping England in front. A minute later, it was England again with a converted try to make it 14–5 England. And a try from a penalty right after the restart extended England’s lead. Tom Mitchell’s remarkable conversion strike made it three scores for the men in white over the Welsh.
Wales fended off England’s attempt to steal the restart and managed to use the possession to send try-scoring-machine Luke Morgan in for try under the post. Despite the conversion, Wales was still two scores behind at 21–12. In order to keep hopes alive, Wales needed to be the next to score. Instead, Tom Mitchell managed to break a tackle and just stay in touch for a try in the left corner. Dan Bibby attempted the conversion that would have extended the English lead to three scores, but it was astray.
Down by 14, with more than two minutes left, Wales still had a heartbeat. At a minute and a half left, Wales managed to force a turnover inside its own twenty-two to keep the slim hopes of an upset alive. But a penalty kick to touch by Wales resulted in an England steal of the lineout. Dan Norton crossed on full time to give England a decisive victory. Mitchell slotted the final two points to set the final line: England 33, Wales 12.
The win all but means England will advance to the quarterfinal.