Ten years ago, Warren Gatland had taken charge of his first game as head coach of Wales, a victory at Twickenham that set his side on course for a Grand Slam.
Shane Williams played that day and spoke to Pundit Arena this week in London about his memories.
“I just remember getting into half-time relieved. We were out on our feet, we really could have lost that match at half-time.”
England led 19-6 after twelve points from Jonny Wilkinson and a try from Toby Flood, the sublime off-load from Vainikolo after his aerial grab, nearly taking out Mark Jones completely.
“Half-time was interesting. Shaun Edwards went absolutely nuts on us all. Then you’ve got Warren Gatland coming in, being this calm influence, and sending us on our way. The rest is history, I should say.”
England capitulated spectacularly and tries from Lee Byrne and Mike Phillips saw Wales rack up 20 unanswered second half points to win 26-19.
“To finish it like we did, putting England under pressure, we picked our defence up. The line speed was a lot better second half, which it’s going to have to be on Saturday. Mike Phillips charging that kick down and eventually scoring the try that won it for us. Then we go on and win the Grand Slam. It was a huge game then and it’s a huge game now.”
With Scotland’s performance leaving many fans disappointed, Wales and England both go into Saturday’s game having defended stoutly in round one but with sterner tests to come.
Watch the video below to find out how Shane thinks both sides will fare in Saturday’s huge clash at Twickenham.
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