England scrum-half Ben Youngs held his hands up that Wales were the better side in their 13-6 loss at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.
A try from George North and five points from man-of-the-match Dan Biggar’s boot saw the hosts hit back from last week’s defeat at Twickenham.
Following the match England replacement Youngs admitted his side can have few complaints after they lost out in a hard-fought tussle in Cardiff.
“We had opportunities but we weren’t good enough today,” he reflected to England Rugby.
“There were elements today that were better than last week, physically we were better, we took that to another level. But when it comes to the crunch we have to be better.”
Youngs praised the performance of Wales fly-half Biggar, whose smart kick allowed North to score the only try of the game, also brushing off any controversy over England being two men down while the action was played out.
“Willi came off and I had to wait until I could come on, by that point they had tapped and gone, but I wouldn’t have made any difference,” he said.
“Wales saw the opportunity, Dan is a class outfit. Two cross-field kicks and credit to them; they took a good opportunity there.”
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Meanwhile, England fly-half George Ford added that his team would be better for the experience after another gruelling contest against the Welsh.
“We knew Wales were going to come back and play a better game this week, we wanted to do that ourselves, but that was a proper Test match,” said Ford.
“Physical, with not much time and space, it was pretty close at the end. It was good for us to play in a stadium like this.
“People don’t remember what happens in these games, what happens in the World Cup will be completely different, so we will make sure we are ready for that.”