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Tigers star for England in defeat of Wales

Freddie Steward starred at the back for England while fellow Leicester Tigers outside back Anthony Watson scored in his first start for the senior men's Test side during the national side's Guinness Six Nations 10-point, 10-20 win over Wales in Cardiff.

The Tigers duo were among six players in action at the Principality Stadium alongside Ollie Chessum, Jack van Poortvliet and Dan Cole, as well as Tommy Reffell for Wales, in the Round 3 fixture.

Watson's 19th minute score, finished in style with little room to move, added to Owen Farrell's 10th minute penalty to see the visitors out to an eight-point lead before a penalty-goal for the home side clawed back the difference to be three (3-8) at the break.

Wales crossed in the opening minute's of the second-half when an England attack was intercepted by Louis-Rees Zammit, who ran it in from halfway, and Halfpenny converted to make it 13-8.

However, Kyle Sinckler got over from close range only three minutes later and Farrell converted to take back the lead 13-15. 

Chessum was at his barnstorming best for England, while van Poortvliet proved a problem for the Welsh defence throughout the match.

Cole and Reffell were both second-half replacements.

With just five minutes remaining, England crossed out wide through Ollie Lawrence to secure the win and leave Wales win-less after three fixtures in this season's competition.