england hooker jamie george left perplexed after george norths controversial try seals wales win - England hooker Jamie George left perplexed after George North's controversial try seals Wales win

Jamie George admitted England were overeager in their search for a World Cup warm-up win in Cardiff, and was left confused by the try that won it for Wales.

England lost away from home to Wales for the second time in five months, with George North’s controversial try the difference. 

Dan Biggar was allowed to take a quick penalty — after England’s Anthony Watson was sent to the sin-bin for a deliberate knock-on — before Watson had left the field. 

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George North got the only try of the game after finding a way through the England lines

At that point, England were down to 13 men as scrum-half Willi Heinz had been taken off for a head injury assessment and Ben Youngs was yet to replace him.  

Biggar kicked wide to Josh Adams, and then two phases later found North who scored on the opposite wing after catching another cross-field nudge.

There were suggestions that referee Pascal Gauzere should have stopped Wales’ quick kick until Watson had departed, with Channel 4 pundit and former England winger Ugo Monye saying the try should have been chalked off.

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The powerful wing roared with jubilation after inflicting a blow upon the Red Rose

And England hooker Jamie George was perplexed.

‘It was an interesting one wasn’t it?’ he said.

‘I don’t know the ruling on that but it seemed like carnage. Willi was coming off, Anthony was coming off, they kicked the ball over Anthony’s head… I don’t know what was going on but it was a bit of a weird one.’ And the No 2 admitted England were too desperate to win in Cardiff.

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‘We learnt again the value of discipline,’ he added.

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England players cut dejected figures as the full-time whistle sounded in Cardiff

‘I think we were too frantic at times. It’s always a good sign if people are keen, but we were too desperate in defence, crept offside because we were eager to make the tackles. In actual fact it’s better off if we are a bit more in control. It is better to learn that than in Japan.

‘When it is not going our way we need to do the simple things well rather than going chasing the miracle play that will change the game. If we do what we do well we will break teams down.

‘People are passionate and want to do well for the team, and want to be the person to make the big tackle, the big carry, but you don’t need to go searching for it. That’s the message. It’s not anyone’s fault, but now we can address it and be aware of it we can be a better team.’

 

 

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