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Wales remain undefeated in Six Nations

Wales stand alone as the only nation to have not tasted defeat in the 2019 Six Nations after beating England 21-13 in Round 3 of this year's tournament on Saturday afternoon in Cardiff.

The match was scoreless in the opening quarter until Owen Farrell gave England the lead in the 18th minute with a penalty goal, before Welsh fly-half Gareth Anscombe levelled the scores at 3-all in the 24th minute.

England hit back almost immediately with the first try of the match when Tom Curry crossed in the 27th minute after spotting a gap next to the ruck and racing his way through it, thanks in part to Alun Wyn Jones obstructing himself from making the tackle by holding down Ben Youngs from the phase before. Farrell converted the try and England lead by seven points, which remained the difference until the half-time break.

Anscombe added two more penalties within five minutes of each other early in the second-half, in the 52nd and 57th minutes, to close their deficit to just one point before Farrell pushed it out to four in the 63rd minute with his second successful penalty goal of the match.

However, they would be England's final points of the match as they were kept scoreless for the remainder of the game by an inspired Welsh outfit playing on passion and emotion with a jam-packed Principality Stadium behind them and victory in their sights.

Then, with just 12 minutes left on the clock, the home side took the lead for the first time in the game when Cory Hill crossed and replacement fly-half Dan Biggar converted the try with 10 minutes remaining to lead by three points.

Tigers front-rower Ellis Genge was thrown in to the action by England head coach Eddie Jones with little time left to have an impact on the game, when he replaced Ben Moon at loose-head prop with only minutes remaining, while George Ford was unused in the fixture as Jones opted to play Farrell, Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade for the full 80 minutes in the midfield.

As the game approached its end, Tigers winger Jonny May was replaced after being down for a number of minutes and receiving medical treatment, which Wales capitalised on as Biggar kicked across field with an advantage being played only for Worcester and Welsh winger Josh Adams to climb above Elliot Daly and take a sensational catch before slamming it down in the corner and confirming victory.

Elsewhere, France defeated Scotland earlier in the day and Ireland came from behind at half-time on Sunday afternoon to defeat Italy in Rome.