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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Jenkins relieved to get out of Twickenham with Triple Crown

WALES prop Gethin Jenkins has added his voice to the growing list of admirers for England's revival under interim coach Stuart Lancaster.

Jenkins and company stand two home wins away from securing the second RBS 6 Nations title and Grand Slam of coach Warren Gatland's four-year reign.

But it is unlikely they will receive a tougher examination than the one England gave them at Twickenham.

Wales prevailed 19-12, capturing their 20th championship Triple Crown in the process, but Jenkins admitted: "We were relieved when it was all over.

"It was a real tough encounter, yet we didn't expect anything different. A lot of people had written England off, but their players play week in, week out in a very tough league.

"It was one of the most physical Tests I have played in. The intensity of the breakdown and tackles, and every contact was a big battle.

"Fair play to England, they did their homework on us.

"I thought England were outstanding, and we are glad we sneaked the win in the end.

"I was very impressed with them -- I thought they attacked us really well at the breakdown."



Jinx

Wales skipper Sam Warburton, meanwhile, has banned himself from talking about the Grand Slam his World Cup semi-finalists are now favourites to achieve.

"The players don't even dare say those two words (Grand Slam)," he said.

"We haven't formally said those words are banned, but I don't want to jinx myself, so I wouldn't dare say them."

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