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England complete pool stage in top spot

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England made it three wins from three games in the Autumn Nations Cup with a 24-13 triumph over Wales at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday.

Following wins over Georgia and Ireland, England secured a place in next weekend’s final against France with a gritty performance in another Test played behind closed doors.

Ben Youngs and George Ford of Leicester Tigers started as the half-back pairing, with club colleague Ellis Genge used from the bench in the last quarter of the game.

England had to wait for 30 minutes to get in front as a try from Henry Slade and an Owen Farrell penalty gave them an 8-7 advantage following an early converted score from Wales centre Johnny Williams.

Farrell added another three-pointer to close out the first half with a four-point advantage and then converted a try from Mako Vunipola to make it 18-7.

But, after Wales had regained a foothold with two penalties, Farrell landed one of his own following a midfield break by Youngs which almost set Anthony Watson free on the right wing, and then closed the game with another kick to ensure top spot in the pool.