England produced another unconvincing RBS 6 Nations
performance but Ben Cohen's try double took them past a resilient Wales at Twickenham.Northampton wing Cohen took his international tally to 28
touchdowns with a try in each half as England recovered from their shock 19-13 home defeat against Ireland two weeks ago.
But the world champions were given a major scare by a resurgent Welsh
outfit which fought back from 16-9 down to take a 21-16 lead.Ben Cohen's second try levelled matters and Joe Worsley's late score sealed victory, Olly
Barkley adding 16 points.Gareth Thomas and Mark Taylor both crossed for Wales and Stephen Jones kicked 11 points but it was not enough.While the
visitors are left with a final home fixture against Italy, England will travel to Paris knowing victory should see them crowned champions.The line-out
woes that cost them dearly against Ireland were duly rectified, but the margin of victory was agonisingly close given their welter of possession.
Wales can only look forward to a tournament finale against Italy in
Cardiff next weekend - coach Steve Hansen's last match in charge before he returns to New Zealand.They made England work for victory though, and the
Welsh performance proved in stark contrast to recent appearances at Twickenham, when England posted an average of 50 points a time.Again, without
retired World Cup skipper Martin Johnson and injured fly-half hero Jonny Wilkinson, they looked rudderless at times, and England had just enough in
the tank to take advantage.France are unlikely to be as receptive as Wales, and they will go into next weekend's encounter as red-hot
favourites.England, just for once, have got it all to do.
England: Robinson, Lewsey, Greenwood, Tindall, Cohen, Barkley, Dawson; Woodman, Thompson, Vickery, Grewcock, Kay, Jones, Hill, Dallaglio.
Replacements: Regan, White, Borthwick, Worsley, Gomarsall, Catt, Simpson-Daniel.
Wales: G Thomas, R Williams, Taylor, Shanklin, S Williams, S Jones, Cooper; Du Jones, McBryde, Jenkins, Cockbain, Owen, J Thomas, Charvis, Da
Replacements: Davies, Evans, Llewellyn, Williams, Peel, Sweeney, Robinson.
Referee: Andrew Cole (Australia)
[Edited on 20/3/04 by TRD]