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Saints boys help England beat Wales

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Five Saints players took to the field yesterday as England beat Wales 27-13 at Twickenham ahead of their summer tour to Australia.

Teimana Harrison started the match to make his England debut, whilst Luther Burrell scored England's opening try in the first half. Dylan Hartley captained the side once again with Courtney Lawes also starting. Paul Hill came off the bench to earn his second Test cap and make his first England appearance at Twickenham.

England fell behind to a sixth minute, converted try from prop Rob Evans and a penalty from Dan Biggar as Wales took a 10-0 lead after twelve minutes. 

With twenty minutes on the clock England closed the gap to five points with  Burrell powering over before Biggar extended Wales' lead as the half hour mark approached.

England responded quickly however, with Anthony Watson stretching for the line to close the gap to just three points at half time. 

With the second half underway, England scored two quick tries through scrum half Ben Youngs and Jack Clifford, to give the home side a 22-13 lead with 47 minutes played. 

Marland Yarde then scored the final try of the afternoon after a neat pass form Lawes allowed him to cross in the corner to give England a comfortable 27-13 victory.

Speaking after the match, England head coach Eddie Jones said: "It’s always good to win.

"It’s always good to play good rugby so it’s an ideal start for us. I’ve got no doubt we can win the series, no doubt.

"I think we’re moving in the right direction but we’ve got to understand that going to Australia is going to be a lot harder than today."

Hartley also expressed his delight at securing a win ahead of the summer tour to Australia: "It’s good to be back, continuing our run.

"It was the first of four games for us so we’re chuffed to bits with that result today. On a real high note was the way we finished the game, with more of a set piece focus.

"The young guys coming off the bench, earning first caps, closed the game out. I thought they did a really good job."