Land Rover heads to Twickenham for the RBS Six Nations action
Saturday saw England play their first home game of the RBS Six Nations against Wales, with both teams so far unbeaten it was sure to be a passionate encounter. As proud sponsors of England Rugby, we were out in force with a Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque on show in the West Car Park as well as offering fans the chance to watch Ireland v Italy on the Land Rover big screen.
Getting the action underway were the Royal Marines Commandos, led by CSgt Andrew Williams RM. Four Royal Marines Commandos made an impressive entrance onto the pitch from the roof of Twickenham stadium by zipline, which was safely grounded by a Discovery 4. CSgt Williams chose a Discovery due to its towing capability and ‘robust build’, making it the perfect rope stabiliser.
Many of you would have seen the marines flying the flags down to pitch side live on Saturday. Land Rover however, was privileged to film and interview the troops practicing this stunt. Watch the video below to see the action and interview for yourself:
The match itself was full of action and excitement, and after four penalties apiece, it was Wales who broke ahead with just five minutes left to play with an excellent individual try from Scott Williams. A resilient England fought to the end and in the final play of the match almost grabbed the chance of a draw. David Strettle was tackled over the try line by the Welsh defence, much deliberation followed as to whether a try was scored. After an inconclusive TV review, referee Steve Walsh had no choice but to not award the try, giving Wales the win.
The score finished England 12 – 19 Wales and saw the Welsh team claim the Triple Crown, while a hard working England experienced their first loss of the tournament.
We spoke with Alex Corbisiero and Ben Youngs after the game to gather their thoughts on the action.
‘We’re obviously very disappointed, but we’re going in the right direction. There were many positives that came out of that game – notably the defence and the commitment. Plus, the attack was quicker and had more shape’ said the England scrum-half, Ben Youngs.
‘International rugby is all about small margins, and that showed. We’ve got a lot of work to do now before France. But we’re all looking forward training again’.
Speaking of England’s last minute ‘no try’, Youngs commented ‘I thought we were going to get that try at the end. We’re a young team but it’s a really good lesson.’
Alex Corbisiero echoed his team-mate’s positivity, stating ‘we gave Wales a real tough time. We dominated for most of the match and could have won’. He continued to say ‘the Wales try was a game-changer, and obviously unfortunate. We’ll regroup now and hopefully put that right against France’.
In reference to the Twickenham atmosphere, Corbisiero applauded ‘the unbelievable crowd’ commenting ‘we really felt their support’.
It wasn’t just the fans at the ground that were voicing their support. While watching the RBS Six Nations we were hosting rugby conversation on Twitter and Facebook, encouraging comments from England and Wales fans alike. England’s injured hooker, Lee Mears also got involved on Twitter, telling us that the award for ‘most influential player of the game’ should go to Mike Phillips, the Welsh scrum-half.