England captain Owen Farrell may miss their World Cup opener against Argentina after being sent off in their warm-up win over Wales at Twickenham. Farrell became the first England player to receive a red card through the new ‘Bunker’ review system, after a high tackle on Taine Basham. Wales took the lead with a penalty try and a score by Tomos Williams while three England players were in the sin bin. However, Maro Itoje’s try and a winning penalty kick by George Ford secured a 19-17 victory for England.
The match was marred by Farrell’s red card, which puts his availability for the World Cup in doubt. The incident occurred when Farrell attempted to tackle Basham, but his arm made contact with the winger’s head, resulting in a red card. This was the first time the new ‘Bunker’ review system was used to upgrade a yellow card to a red. Farrell’s absence from the opening match against Argentina could be a significant blow to England’s chances in the tournament.
Despite the setback, England showed resilience and determination to come back from a deficit. Wales took the lead with a penalty try after a series of infringements by England. The sin-binning of three England players put them at a disadvantage, and Tomos Williams capitalized on the numerical advantage to score a try. However, England responded with a try from Maro Itoje, narrowing the gap on the scoreboard.
In the closing stages of the match, George Ford stepped up to kick the winning penalty, securing a narrow victory for England. The win will provide a confidence boost for the team ahead of the World Cup, despite the uncertainty surrounding Farrell’s availability.
Both teams fielded strong line-ups for the match. England’s starting XV included players like Maro Itoje, Owen Farrell, and Billy Vunipola, while Wales featured the likes of Liam Williams, George North, and Alun Wyn Jones. The replacements for both teams also added depth and quality to the respective squads.
Overall, the match was a closely contested affair with plenty of drama and excitement. England’s victory will be overshadowed by the potential absence of Owen Farrell, but the team will continue to prepare for the World Cup with determination and focus. The tournament poses a significant challenge for all teams involved, and England will need to overcome adversity to achieve success.