The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Eddie Jones was right when he predicted the support of an “extra man” would be crucial when England played Wales. Rather than the Twickenham crowd, it turned out be the television match official.
Wales was aggrieved at having a try ruled out during England’s 12-6 victory, which kept Jones’ team on track for a third successive outright Six Nations title on Saturday.
Jonny May’s early pair of tries set England on its way to a record 15th consecutive home win in the championship.
But Wales could have had two tries, too. Scott Williams’ legs were bundled into touch by England flanker Sam Underhill as he was sliding toward the left corner in the second half. But in the first half, the TMO ruled out a try for fullback Gareth Anscombe.
“He has one big call to make and unfortunately he’s made a terrible mistake, and at this level that’s pretty disappointing,” Wales coach Warren Gatland said.
England showed little sympathy after moving level on points with Ireland, after its main rival thrashed Italy 56-19 in Dublin earlier.
A grand slam decider between the two in just over a month remains a possibility.
“I don’t know why people say we’re lucky with the refereeing decision,” Jones said, “The TMO has all the time in the world to make his decision.”
Both teams relied on kicking games in a constant drizzle to pressure, and England was better at it against a Wales side rocked before the match by the withdrawal of fullback Leigh Halfpenny, forcing a first championship start on Anscombe, who acquitted himself well.
In Dublin, Ireland got the four-tries bonus point it sought in a second win from two matches, but it might have cost the side two Lions.
Tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong limped off with a suspected sprained hamstring in the opening minutes, and center Robbie Henshaw injured his right shoulder scoring his second try of the match.