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Jones delight at 'arm wrestle' win over Wales

Elliot Daly crossed for the match-winner in last season's Six Nations

England got off to the ideal start on a wet afternoon when Owen Farrell's defence-splitting kick put a sprinting Jonny May behind the Welsh defence to score a try after two minutes.

Much of the build-up had centred around Jones' taunting of Wales fly-half Rhys Patchell who was making only his second start when compared with England's creative and established trio of George Ford, Owen Farrell and Danny Care - the Leeds-born scrum-half who became England's most-capped No 9 when winning his 78th cap from the start.

Anscombe appeared to exert downward pressure on the ball with an outstretched hand, but Newman disagreed, and Gatland believed the decision may have cost Wales victory. "It looked like a try to me and everyone else I have spoken to has said it looked like a clear try".

"I've played in some big games and have experienced highs and lows".

"They've flown a guy over from New Zealand to be a TMO and he has one big call to make, and unfortunately I think he's made a awful mistake".

"He'll do a great job if he's Lions coach", said Gatland who then duly had a gig at Jones. "The wording was the grounding wasn't clear, but we've had a look at it from a few different angles and you can clearly see he has his hand on the ball". I saw that differently. "It's human error, he makes a mistake, but at this level in front of 82,000 people when there's a lot at stake guys have got to get those decisions right".

The decision to bring in Joseph is tactical and England coach Eddie Jones has said that Joseph will be used to harass Wales' flyhalf Rhys Patchell who will be playing only for the seventh time for his country. You can not do anything about it. "We were surprised when the decision came".

England head coach Eddie Jones had complained to rugby's global governing body over his Welsh namesake's "contrived bit of behaviour" in stepping in to delay a conversion kick near the end of Wales's 34-7 win over Scotland in the Six Nations' opening round last weekend.

"I never thought it would be a routine win".

Rugby is a amusing game sometimes.

"We have a guy up there that is a referee". If someone is unsure, particularly in professional sport, it is important we get clarity.

It would be wrong to overlook Wales' industry - rewarded by a single Patchell penalty - particularly in the final 15 minutes of the first half but England's brutal tackling squeezed the visitors for room and backed up their effective finishing.

May then latched on to a fine one-handed offload from Joe Launchbury midway through the opening half to double both his and England's tally.

Wales came close to breaching England's tryline several times, with Sam Underhill in particular producing a superb try saving tackled to deny Scott Williams, a moment Jones described as a "key moment". "That was pretty simple from my point of view", Jones said.

He left the Welsh defence in his dust as he chased down Farrell's kick early on, blitzing down the flank with electrifying pace before calmly sliding home the first five points and helping to settle English nerves.

You have to look at France, they set the marker against Ireland [24-0] and Wales have got to be up there too.