A first-half try from George North and the boots of man of the match Dan Biggar and Leigh Halfpenny were enough to right the wrongs of last weekend’s defeat at Twickenham.
Having gone down 33-19 in London last Sunday, Wales brought more intensity and line speed for the return fixture.
And their reward is moving to the top of the rankings for the first time in their history.
You can catch up on the latest analysis, reaction and what Warren Gatland and Eddie Jones had to say in their post-match press conferences below.
Wales vs England talking points
The talking points from Wales’ win
Rugby correspondent Matthew Southcombe has taken a look at the main talking points from this afternoon’s victory, from a mixed bag at the set piece and a run-out being just what Leigh Halfpenny needed.
You can read the full analysis here.
Leigh Halfpenny left struggling to walk hours before he played against England
Leigh Halfpenny played a full 80 minutes in Wales’ victory over England just hours after a gruelling training session that included weights, a watt bike and an altitude chamber.
When Liam Williams pulled out of the match as a precaution with a tight hamstring, Halfpenny was thrust into the starting side for his first Test appearance since last November.
Speaking after the win, Halfpenny said: “I’m not going to lie, we had a couple of tough sessions in the last couple of days.
“But you get the call and that adrenaline just kicks in. It’s an opportunity to put that jersey on.”
You can read the full story here.
Warren Gatland dismisses ‘really old’ JJ Williams in stinging press conference jibe
Warren Gatland dismissed JJ Williams’ criticism of Dan Biggar after the fly-half’s MOTM performance against England.
Gatland claimed not to have known about Williams’ comments – but did wryly suggest that the 70s star might not be best-placed to comment on the modern game.
You can read the full story here.
Here’s how the players fared in the ratings as Wales overcame England to go top of the world rankings.
You can read them here.
Eddie Jones says Wales are World Cup favourites
“They’re favourites for the World Cup now. I don’t have anything else to say. You give the number one ranking favourites for the World Cup.” You can read the full story on his comments here.
And that’s it for the post-match press conferences. Stick around the for the latest reaction and analysis.
Ford on Biggar
“We knew this week that Wales’ performance would be a little different.
“It was a good contest. We need to be better on that. It’s a good learning experience.”
Eddie Jones on injuries
“All good mate. One of those funny games. McConnochie is a seven to ten day injury so we’ll see.”
Ford on England’s growth
“I thought we took another step towards that. I’m proud of the boys’ efforts. We’re still building.”
Yellow card harsh?
Ford: “It is what it is, mate. Take the good with the bad.
“We need to learn how to defend better with 13. I need to study my rugby league. We’ll go up to Wigan next week.”
Ford on North’s try
“We were discussing what to do with the yellow. It’s something we need to anticipate better. Ultimately seven points was the difference.”
Eddie Jones’ press conference begins
Q: Did England come up a bit short?
EJ: “I thought it was a brilliant World Cup warm-up.
“We started with a young team and I wanted to see how they backed up last week.
“It’s always tough in Cardiff when the referee is affected by the crowd. They stuck in there. We didn’t get the result but it’s good.”
Gatland responds to Dan Biggar criticism
The Wales boss is asked about the “noise” around Biggar this week.
WG: “What sort of noise? I don’t know.
“He needed to play as he’s been coming off the bench. I thought about that former Welsh player.
“Was he really old? Did he play in the 70s? Did he play 50 years ago? That probably explains a few things.”
And that’s the end of Wales’ post-match press conference.
Are Wales mentally on the edge?
WG: “They turned up today.
“We were really disappointed with the first 20 minutes last week. Last week we gave away too many turnovers.
“Had we lost to England today, that potentially has a factor if we met them in the World Cup. So mentally they got themselves on the edge.”
Target on their backs?
“There will be lots of journalists saying it’s a joke. Probably Kiwi journalists.”
‘Having no preparation probably helped him’ – Gatland on Halfpenny
WG: “He’ll be disappointed with the one he knocked on.
“But I thought he played really well. He’s one of the best players positionally.
“He’s working hard on his counter attacking game, Ironically, having no preparation and throwing him in probably helped him after so long away.”
‘He’s a player who should get a lot of caps’ – Gatland on Wainwright
WG: “I thought he was outstanding. So was Navidi when he came on. Aaron will get better with those opportunities.
“There’s no doubt he’s impressed people in the squad with how quickly he’s learning. He’s a player who should get a lot of caps.”
Liam Williams update
WG: “He’s okay.
“I pulled him out before and he was gutted.
“Had it been a World Cup semi-final, he’d have played.
“I felt for Halfpenny as he’d done two big training sessions yesterday and today before being thrown in. He said his legs were gone at that final kick.”
James Davies injury update
WG: “He had a knock on the head and a concussion so we’ll assess him.
“Ball and Wainwright were dead legs. Biggar had a stinger and Gareth Davies had a bit of a knock to the hip. Nothing serious I think. They’ll all be assessed tomorrow.”
Gatland on Wales’ new number one rankings spot
WG: “It’s just a number. It’s not something we look at.
“It’s a nice accolade but it’s all about the next few months.
“We’ve got a couple of games against Ireland to go so it’s nice for a day but we won’t be shouting from the rooftops about it.”
On Dan Biggar’s performance
WG: “I thought he played well.
“He was positive in the way we wanted to play. He could have taken three points.
“There were times where we got into a bit of pressure and we just need the confidence to play.
“But it was a proper Test match and losing Liam Williams before kick-off, then having Shingler in the second-row and Dee in the back-row.
“We showed big cahoonas out there. We won’t roll over easy.”
Warren Gatland is here
The Wales boss is here to begin the post-match press conferences.
Here’s what he has to say:
WG: “As I said to Neil Jenkins before, it was like a proper Test match.
“Having said that, it was trying to get things right. We weren’t quite on edge last week as they are friendly games but the players drove a lot this week and you could tell it was a Test match edge today.
“There’s no doubt England were on an edge last week as players were playing for a World Cup place.”
Coaches’ press conferences
We’ll shortly be hearing from the two coaches.
What will Warren and Eddie have to say?
Wales move to number one in the world
So Wales are number one in the world.
The first time in their history and just the fourth team to achieve that feat.
Whatever your feelings on the rankings, that achievement does at least deserve some respect.
FULL-TIME: Wales 13-6 England
The clock is stopped at 79.33. Huge scrum for Wales, this.
First one ends up in a reset. That brings the clock through to the red.
It’s a case of win it and get it off the park now.
Second scrum is a little messy but Wales secure it.
And Jarrod Evans puts it out for the win.
Wales are number one in the world!
Another penalty to England. Wales are struggling to keep their discipline.
They go to the lineout and get the drive on.
Massive cheers in the ground though as Wales bring it to a halt.
Huge scrum coming up for Wales.
From the scrum, England turn it over and are on the attack.
Wales don’t roll away and it’s a penalty for the visitors.
England take a quick restart which catches Wales out, but they can’t hold on to the kick and lose it forward.
Quick side note – Jarrod Evans is now on for Biggar.
PENALTY WALES! 13-6
Lovely work by Halfpenny.
He fields a kick, before putting in an up-and-under – which he regains.
England get caught offside as Wales recycle.
And the full-back will kick from the tee once more – this time, a little closer in.
It’s low again – but through the posts.
From the scrum, Wales get the free-kick.
That’s not bad going with Shingler in the second-row and Elliot Dee on the blindside flank.
This is getting feisty.
England knock on but Wyn Jones doesn’t hear the whistle and drives Sinckler back about 15 metres.
Everyone piles in and chaos ensues.
Wales go through the phases – only for Itoje to intercept.
He can’t go the length but he does get England into prime position and England have an attacking penalty.