After the defeat at Twickenham, Wales are back on track, gaining revenge over England with a 13-6 victory at a packed Principality Stadium.
Rugby correspondent Simon Thomas assesses the winners and losers from this second World Cup warm-up match.
No 1 in the world. Yep, let’s say it again, Wales are No 1 in the world.
They were there unofficially for some 27 hours last week, but now they are properly top of the pile for the first time ever.
The rankings are not everyone’s cup of tea and ultimately they won’t count for that much come the World Cup.
People will also question how New Zealand can possibly drop from top spot on a day when they have hammered Australia 36-0.
But that’s how the system works, with Wales’ victory over fourth-ranked England accruing more points than the Kiwis’ romp over the sixth-ranked Wallabies.
And it’s also important to note it’s the end result of a year’s consistent excellence from Warren Gatland’s team, who have won 15 out of their last 16 Test matches.
Getting back to winning ways was important after the rusty display at Twickenham and it was secured by a far more intense performance, with the hosts fronting up physically and shining at the lineout, while also firming up their defence to leave England tryless.
Lots still to work on, but, for now, Wales are on top of the world and that’s a pretty good feeling.
It was the perfect response from the Northampton fly-half, who did his talking on the pitch, both during and after the match.
In the week, former Lions winger JJ Williams had said Wales had no hope of winning the World Cup with Biggar in the No 10 jersey.
What kind of reaction would that provoke from the man who is now very much the first-choice 10, with Gareth Anscombe out of the World Cup?
Typically, it brought the best out of this ultimate competitor, as he delivered a Man of the Match display.
It was a classic Biggar performance in many ways, as he dictated the play with his tactical kicking and showed all his trademark bravery and resilience.
He set up the only try of the game for George North with two pinpoint cross kicks, showing his quick-thinking when England were down to 13 men, with Anthony Watson on his way to the bin and Ben Youngs not yet on as a replacement for Willi Heinz.
And his physical commitment was exemplified by the way he launched himself at Maro Itoje late on after the lock had intercepted and galloped upfield.
It was left to Biggar to have the final word after the game, tongue firmly in cheek.
“A special thanks to JJ Williams for all his comments this week,” he said.
“It’s been really motivating and support for the team.”
With every passing week, this young man’s reputation grows on the Test stage.
The Dragons flanker was one of the main plusses at Twickenham and this week he was simply “outstanding”, as coach Warren Gatland rightly declared.
He was only on for 40 minutes, with a dead leg cutting short his day’s work, but what a first-half he produced.
According to my stats, he won eight of Wales’ first nine lineouts, including a steal off an English throw as he nipped in ahead of Itoje.
Jumping at the front, he delivered a steady stream of ball to make the lineout a real area of strength, while his all-round work-rate was excellent, both in terms of his athletic carrying and his defence.
He was just everywhere and a seat on the plane to Japan seems assured.
Along with the ever excellent Alun Wyn Jones, Owens is very much the heart-beat of the team and he was at his ebullient best in this return to winning ways.
He made 11 carries, 11 tackles and was spot-on at the lineout, hitting his targets with 15 out of 15 throws, while he could also have had a try, had George North not nipped in ahead of him.
Owens’ open-armed response to seeing North pouch Biggar’s cross-kick to deny him the score was the comical moment of the match.
But the team always comes first for the Sheriff, who played a big part in sending England out of Dodge City with a defeat.
The Cardiff Blues back rower hadn’t played a game of rugby since dislocating his elbow in gruesome fashion back in March.
But returning after his dreadlock holiday, it was if he’d never been away.
Coming on for the luckless James Davies after 23 minutes, he carried on where he had left off during the Grand Slam campaign, earning due plaudits from Gatland after the match.
His combativeness is such an asset, while he slipped back into his old openside role with ease, earning a crucial penalty over the ball within minutes of coming on.
He just always punches above his weight and it’s great to see him back on the field.
This was a golden opportunity for Cubby Boi to press his claims for a place in Wales’ 31-man World Cup squad.
Winning just his fifth cap, the 28-year-old was on the big stage and up against an England team without a specialist openside.
It was the perfect scenario for this turnover king. Yet, unfortunately, his match lasted just 23 minutes.
Going in for a tackle, he clashed heads with his brother Jonathan and then as he fell to the ground he took an accidental knee to the back of the head from Maro Itoje.
After treatment, he resumed playing, but shortly afterwards he left the fray with concussion and he will now be assessed over the coming days.
It must have been hugely frustrating for the Scarlets breakaway.
This continues to be a real area of concern.
The scrum creaked badly at Twickenham, with a succession of penalties being conceded.
And the problems continued in this re-match.
Wales were under heavy pressure in the tight, often in retreat, making life extremely difficult for Ross Moriarty and Gareth Davies to get the ball away at the base.
Once again, they were penalised a number of times, providing England with a stepping stone back into the game.
Admittedly, some of Dan Cole’s scrummaging was a tad suspect, with the Leicester tight-head ending up on the floor with his head pointing out the other side of the tunnel at times.
But, whatever was going on, Wales came second best in the scrum overall and it remains the main issue that needs to be addressed over the coming weeks.
Ruaridh McConnochie & Anthony Watson
For the second week in a row, the uncapped McConnochie was denied making his England debut by an injury issue which forced his late withdrawal.
Once again, it was Watson who came in for him and it wasn’t to prove the happiest afternoon for the Bath winger.
With half an hour on the clock, he went in for a tackle on Hadleigh Parkes with arms out wide, only to knock the ball down one-handed as the Welsh centre got his pass away.
Referee Pascal Gauzere immediately signalled a penalty and, after checking the replay, he dispatched Watson to the bin, with Wales having had three men over.
Before he was even off the pitch, salt was rubbed in Watson’s wound, as Dan Biggar sent a cross-kick sailing over his head into the arms of Josh Adams, ahead of George North touching down on the other wing.
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You could see how annoyed Sanjay was to be missing out when the camera panned on to him, sat on the sidelines, early in the game.
He had been pulled out at the last minute, with his hamstring having tightened during the warm-up.
Gatland admitted afterwards that the Saracens star was “gutted” at being kept out of the action.
But, happily, the problem isn’t a serious one, with the coach confirming he would have played had it been a World Cup semi-final.
Williams’ withdrawal meant a very late call-up for Leigh Halfpenny, which was a tough ask for the Scarlets full-back as he’d done two big training sessions on Friday and Saturday and was struggling to walk after a hard work-out on the watt bike just hours before kick-off.
But, ever the ultimate pro, despite being heavy legged, Halfpenny got through it, landing the penalty that sealed the victory five minutes from time.