Jones wants end to escapes as England edge Wales

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Watson is set to feature against Italy, having last played for England in June, while Mako Vunipola is also expected to return provided he comes through for Saracens at Gloucester on Friday.

Sunday Times correspondent Stephen Jones said: "This was one of the great Six Nations matches of the era, hair-raisingly fast, bruising and tense".

Cuthbert claimed two second-half touchdowns during the 2013 clash in Cardiff, when Wales' record 30-3 victory not only denied England a tournament clean sweep, it meant the home team were crowned Six Nations champions on points difference. England went through the phases before Daly launched fullback Mike Brown, who was dropped near the tryline. They hit hard and hit often off the ball, which made it a fantastic Test match.

"I'm very cautious in what I say because we win as a team, we lose as a team", he said.

"The improvement has been enormous but I went through it with the staff today and we were talking about the gap between us and New Zealand". He has ice all over him after that many tackles and carries.

"The boy's got gas and he's got that X-factor about him and that's what we like him", Jones said.

"I think we go back a few years, "earning the right to go wide" was the buzz phrase everyone was saying".

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"Elliot might get a run out for Manchester United with that kick out (after the Biggar interception)".

Nevertheless, fly-half Owen Farrell's penalties kept England within grasp, and in a dramatic end Daly managed to get on the end of man-of-the-moment Farrell's bullet pass to clinch it for Jones' side.

But the lead never got beyond five points and Wales coach Rob Howley was left to rue a lack of composure in the closing stages.

Dylan Hartley will be disappointed with his display (Picture: Getty) Dylan Hartley, like Jones, has had better days and struggled to make an impact against Howley's side in Cardiff.

"Saturday night at the Principality Stadium was the performance and win that convinced me that England under Eddie Jones have it in them to kick on and arrive in Japan in 2019 as the world's No 1 ranked team and favourites to win rugby's biggest prize. There are still things for us to work on but we are now beginning to see our potential as a team".

Wales are giving wing George North, a scorer of 28 tries in 66 Test matches, the maximum possible time to recover from a leg injury.

But afterwards the flanker shrugged off any fears that he will miss Wales's next Championship assignment against Scotland in Murrayfield on February 25. "Their back row was superb - Jamie Heaslip and Sean O'Brien had their best games for some time and CJ Stander was incredible, not just because of the try hat trick but his work rate and engine".