Paul Rees at Twickenham

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Feb 11

Gareth Anscombe insists Wales were not denied victory by TMO ruling

• Anscombe believes he scored try but says: ‘We had chances to fix it’• ‘We’re disappointed, but proud of way we played in second half.”Gareth Anscombe is adamant that he should have been awarded a first-half try but does not believe the failure of the…

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Feb 10

Warren Gatland says ‘terrible mistake’ by TMO cost Wales against England

• Wales coach claims his team were denied ‘clear-cut’ try • ‘It was a big moment in the game and he got the decision wrong’Warren Gatland cursed what he called a “terrible mistake” by the television match official at Twickenham as Wales suffered a fift…

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Feb 10

Jonny May’s early tries take England over the line against battling Wales

• England 12-6 Wales• Hosts hold firm despite late siege from WalesEngland lacked the volume of their head coach in the buildup, but such is the nous and hardness they have developed under Eddie Jones that they again found a way to win despite not scor…

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Nov 25

England started well and then thought it would be easy, says Eddie Jones

• Jones: Facing Samoa was a great learning experience for England players• Dylan Hartley says home side not clinical enough and let down by disciplineEddie Jones will send his England players back to their clubs on Monday with the message that they hav…

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Nov 25

Elliot Daly helps seven-try England race away with it against Samoa

• England 48-14 Samoa• Daly scores twice in England’s 22 win in 23 gamesEngland’s players not only refused to hand over a percentage of their match fee but made Samoa pay here. They did not charge interest, compounding handling errors with problems at …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/25/england-samoa-autumn-international-match-report

Nov 18

England were not lucky swears Eddie Jones but TMO baffles Michael Cheika

• We enjoyed bounce of ball but that had nothing to do with officials, says Jones• Australia head coach struggles to understand why some reviews lasted so longEddie Jones praised the television match official system after three calls went England’s way…

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Nov 18

England waltz away from Australia as Danny Care completes smash and grab

• England 30-6 Australia• Elliot Daly, Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May and Danny Care all score triesIf the scoreboard does not lie, it does not always reveal the whole truth. Three tried in the final eight minutes took England to a record victory over Aust…

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Nov 11

England labour but Semesa Rokoduguni finishes off Argentina

• England 21-8 Argentina• 11th consecutive win at Twickenham but victors look rustyEngland played in black and it was the colour of their mood despite an 11th consecutive victory at Twickenham and their third over Argentina, their World Cup opponents i…

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Nov 04

All Blacks come from behind to see off exuberant Barbarians

• Barbarians 22-31 New Zealand• Waisake Naholo creates two All Blacks tries after Barbarians storm into leadNew Zealand may not have England’s financial might but they have pulling power. A crowd of more than 60,000 a long way from Auckland watched wha…

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May 28

Nathan Earle gets inexperienced England started in win over Barbarians

• England 28-14 Barbarians
• Barbarians dominated possession but Eddie Jones’s team held firm

Eddie Jones said before the game that the days of matches involving the Barbarians being swashbuckling, thrill-a-minute affairs that owed more to the Harlem Globetrotters than William Webb Ellis were long gone and his inexperienced side, that contained eight uncapped players and sported only five who had started a Test, showed why in a triumph of organisation over daring.

The Barbarians tried to move the ball from everywhere from the kick-off, but foundered against a defence built on aggressive line speed and smothering to prevent off-loads. Light rain added to their difficulty in getting the ball wide and mistakes abounded. Long before the end of the first half, the match deteriorated into a stop-start affair that was blighted by the whistle. Even teams as weakened as England are so well drilled and prepared that a team playing its first match together and indulging in off-the-cuff rugby is vulnerable no matter its pedigree and experience.

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