They now face Australia, recent winners of the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship, who beat Fiji 28-13 and thrashed rank outsiders Uruguay 65-3 in their opening two Pool A fixtures.
Man of the match Biggar converted, but it was his final penalty that sealed the deal, while England was left with one last-gasp play, yards from the try line to rescue the situation.
After all, Farrell had nailed every one of his five goalkicks, as well as a conversion and drop-goal, and most of the 81,129 crowd would have backed him to land another to fully justify his recall to the starting lineup.
Sir Clive Woodward, the only coach to lead England to a World Cup used his Daily Mail column to criticise some decisions. Despite a number of major injuries, Wales kept pushing and were able to get the win that their performance deserved. He said, “Unfortunately, I will be watching you with my brother, so I will need a Wales win more than ever!”
“Potentially, we could lose more, there is no doubt about that”, he said.
“It’s everything now, it’s our World Cup final”, the Leicester Tigers star said.
Scott Williams suffered a serious knee injury that Gatland suggested might prevent the outside centre from taking any further part in the tournament, while wing Hallam Amos has a shoulder problem.
Tom Youngs insists England are fully behind Chris Robshaw following a calamitous World Cup defeat that has thrust his captaincy back under the spotlight.
“The leaders are the leaders because they have a feel for the game and can be trusted”. “They were gutsy, and outplayed England when it counted for a famous victory”.
The Welsh only have four days to prepare for their clash with Fiji and given the injury list it could be a case of “after the lord mayors show” as Fiji have a point to prove following back to back defeats by England and Australia.
Meanwhile, Harry routed for England, donning a white shirt in support of his team.
If Vunipola and Morgan are ruled out and Wood is cited and subsequently suspended, England will be facing a crisis in the back row with Chris Robshaw and James Haskell their only recognised options in the position, although Sam Burgess has played at blindside flanker for Bath.
England started ominously poorly by conceding two penalties in the first three minutes, and Biggar made use of the opportunity to land a kick between the posts to give his side an early advantage.
Wales have now won their two matches against Urguay and England respectively. “I am ready to go and If I am ready to go, I can guarantee they will be”.
Owen Farrell, a surprise selection at fly-half ahead of George Ford, kicked 20 points during the match but England chose not to kick a late penalty after Wales had taken the lead.