England won 19-17. Wales’ Owen Farrell may miss the World Cup opening due to a ‘bunker’ red card.
England captain Owen Farrell may miss England’s World Cup opener against Argentina after receiving a red card in their warm-up victory over Wales at Twickenham.
After a high tackle on Taine Basham, Farrell became the first England player to have a yellow card upgraded to a red by the new ‘Bunker’ review system.
Wales took the lead after Tomos Williams converted a penalty try with three England players in the sin bin.
Maro Itoje’s score closed the gap, and George Ford converted the game-winning penalty.
Farrell converted three penalties in a scrappy Test match in which neither side was at their best as England sought to avenge their loss to Wales last week in Cardiff.
Wales cut England’s advantage to two points with a penalty try when Freddie Steward tackled Josh Adams in the air before the game was ignited by Farrell’s red card.
England won 19-17. Wales as it occurred
The newly implemented ‘Bunker’ review method for foul play, which is being utilized during the Summer Nations Series, was utilised because on-field referee Nika Amashukeli couldn’t decide if Farrell’s tackle on Basham deserved a straight red card.
He was initially given a yellow card and sat in a chair on the touchline before being given a red card and sent through the tunnel into England’s headquarters.
Tomos Williams scored a straightforward run-in to threaten a first Welsh win at Twickenham since the 2015 World Cup, with Steward, Farrell, and 50th cap winner Ellis Genge all off the field.
England replied quickly, urged on by a boisterous home crowd, and Itoje was the beneficiary at the back of the rolling maul, ending England’s two-hour and 34-minute wait for a try since Jamie George’s consolation against Ireland in Dublin at the end of the Six Nations.
Ford converted the winning penalty a few moments later, ending England’s three-game losing streak, but whatever joy the home team takes from the victory will be overshadowed by the threat of a ban for their seasoned captain.