Wales move to top in rankings after beating England 13-6

George North was the only try-scorer in the game
George North was the only try-scorer in the game
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Wales 13-6 England, Principality Stadium
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Wales have claimed the top position in the World Rugby Rankings after they went on to defeat England 13-6 in the World Cup warm-up game at Principality Stadium on Saturday.

Dan Biggar started at fly-half for Wales after Gareth Anscombe was ruled out with an injury and he got Wales off the mark with a 26th minute penalty goal.

England were feeling the pressure and as a result they were reduced to 14-men temporarily when Anthony Watson was sin-binned in the 32nd minute for a deliberate knock on and Wales immediately capitalised on the advantage when a cross-field kick from Biggar saw George North touchdown in the 34th minute for the only try of the game.

Biggar also kicked the conversion as the first half ended with a 10-0 lead for Warren Gatland's men.

Eddie Jones were desperately hoping for England to start the second half well but they lacked to create chances. The visitors soon began to gain momentum with the replacements coming in.

George Ford kicked back to back penalties in the 51st and 56th minutes to reduce the gap to 10-6 but they failed to get any more breakthroughs in the remainder of the game.

The red rose team almost claimed the lead when Maro Itoje intercepted but their charge was halted with an infringement. Instead, Leigh Halfpenny ensured Wales completed a seven-point win with a 75th minute penalty goal.

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