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Robshaw revels in Wales win

Captain Chris Robshaw celebrated his first victory over Wales in three attempts by praising England's ability to deliver under pressure.

A 29-18 win against the reigning champions at Twickenham means England head to Italy for the climatic day of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations locked in a three-way shootout for the title alongside Ireland and France.

Arguably the most satisfying result of Stuart Lancaster's two-year reign as head coach prevented a fourth successive defeat to Wales and landed a psychological blow ahead of their group showdown in the 2015 World Cup.

Adding to the gravity of a match Lancaster could not afford to lose was the need to avenge last season's Grand Slam-wrecking 30-3 rout in Cardiff.

Against that backdrop Wales were swept aside, answering the question of their head Warren Gatland as to how much they have really matured over the last 12 months.

"We were embarrassed at the Millennium Stadium last year, there's no hiding that fact," Robshaw said.

"It was a big defeat. It's been a long year for a lot of us of us, so to put in a performance like that was fantastic.

"And the year before they beat us here to pick up the Triple Crown on our own pitch. That was hard to take.

"It was important for us to build some momentum and this win has put us in a good position.

"We hadn't beaten Wales until this game so this is brilliant and fantastic.

"The hype had been building for two weeks, so for the players to go out there and deliver when there was so much going on shows a huge amount of maturity and experience in the squad.

"Wales have a lot more caps than us and to build on what we did in our last match against Ireland was tremendous.

"The World Cup is still a long way away, but this has put us in the right direction and that's the most important thing.

"Had we lost to Wales it would have been four losses in a row and that would have left us with bit of a mountain to climb, especially going to the Millennium Stadium next year."

The victory enabled England to secure their first Triple Crown since 2003.

"It's huge to pick up a significant piece of silverware," Robshaw said.

"We've done that before on the back of individual games, but for a collective of more than one game it's fantastic. As a squad we said our next step is to pick up silverware.

"We've done that and more importantly we've got ourselves in a good position going into next week."

Robshaw insists the support of the Twickenham crowd meant victory was all but assured.

"The fans were absolutely outstanding. As soon as we got off the bus there wasn't a chance of us losing the game because of them," he said.