(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
LONDON (AP) England secured its place in a three-way fight for the Six Nations title next weekend by blowing away Wales in a 29-18 win at Twickenham on Sunday, delivering a potent mix of clinical finishing, flawless place-kicking and non-stop intensity to capture the Triple Crown.
Welsh hopes of landing an unprecedented third straight championship outright were ended thanks to first-half tries by Danny Care and Luther Burrell and seven successful kicks - five penalties and two conversions from flyhalf Owen Farrell.
England banished the painful memories of a 30-3 loss to Wales in last season's Six Nations title decider by dominating almost every facet of a game played at a searing pace. The visitors' scrum was demolished, their tackling and handling was sloppy and they only stayed in contention because of fullback Leigh Halfpenny's own blemish-free record of six penalties.