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May at the double in England win

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Jonny May scored both tries as England maintained their Grand Slam ambitions with a 12-6 victory over Wales at Twickenham.

Leicester Tigers winger May scored twice in the first half – his first Six Nations tries – as England swept into a 12-0 lead in the first quarter of the NatWest 6 Nations clash.

But Wales made England – who also included Dan Cole and George Ford in their starting XV – work for their second win of this season’s championship.

There was controversy after the television match official ruled out a try for Gareth Anscombe in the second quarter as he and Anthony Watson reached for a loose ball in-goal.

Wales kept England scoreless in the second half, and, with the score at 12-3 after Rhys Patchell had kicked a penalty for Wales, it needed a remarkable tackle by Sam Underhill on Scott Williams, who forced the centre into touch as he slid for the line.

Gareth Anscombe’s kicked a penalty late on to bring Wales to within a score, but England held out to record a 15th successive home victory in the Six Nations.

It is a rest weekend in the Six Nations this coming weekend, before England take on Scotland at Murrayfield on February 24.