It wasn’t the try-fest that a lot of people were hoping but England’s 12-6 victory over Wales at Twickenham on Saturday evening was compelling viewing nonetheless.
England’s suffocating defence kept Warren Gatland’s side from crossing the whitewash in what a hugely physical and energy-sapping 80 minutes.
There was no shortage of controversy throughout the game, most notably the try which was disallowed when it looked like Gareth Anscombe had beaten Anthony Watson to touching the ball down in the goal area, ultimately, the TMO ruled that Watson had, in fact, touched the ball down first despite footage to the contrary.
Wales also came close to scoring a try in the second half when Scott Williams dived for the line, only to be hauled into touch by the excellent Sam Underhill. It was a brilliant effort from Underhill but Williams probably dived too early for the line and it was a huge chance that went a begging for Wales, a familiar trait in the second half.
In the moments after Williams was hauled into touch, it appeared that Mike Brown was laughing in the face of Williams and viewers didn’t take too kindly to the English man’s actions.
Classic Mike Brown, chatting shit to the Welsh players after he'd already been skinned and given up chasing Scott Williams #ENGvWAL
— Ali Thornton (@Ali_Thornton1) February 10, 2018
Well done Scott Williams… for not flooring the ever obnoxious Mike Brown#ENGvWAL
— Wogan Jones 🏴🇪🇺Diolch NHS #YesCymru (@Wogan_Jones) February 10, 2018
— newman40 (@newman40) February 10, 2018
— Kate Williams (@underwood_kate) February 10, 2018
Granted, gutsy performance but what makes my blood boil is why did Mike Brown have to comment at all towards Scott Williams when he missed out in the corner….no need mun.
— Rob Prosser (@therobprosser) February 10, 2018
Really not a fan of Mike Brown laughing at Scott Williams there. Particularly as it wasn’t even his tackle. #ENGvWAL
— Peter Warner (@Peter_Warner) February 10, 2018
Here is footage of the incident below.