DRAGONS lock Cory Hill lamented Wales’ slow star for costing at Twickenham but believes the spirit shown against the champions shows they can still mount a title challenge by upsetting Ireland on their own turf, writes Chris Kirwan.

Warren Gatland’s men were downed 12-6 by England in London after shipping a pair tries to Jonny May in the first quarter.

Wales fought back and were left to lament the TMO’s decision not to award a first-half try to full-back Gareth Anscombe and a superb tackle by former Osprey Sam Underhill to deny Scott Williams on the hour.

They now lick their wounds and prepare for a trip to Ireland that they need to win to keep alive their title hopes after a superb opening weekend win against Scotland.

“Everyone is pretty disappointed, coming away with a losing bonus point isn't the worst result but unfortunately things didn't stick for us,” said Hill, who put in a second huge performance on the spin to be second to flanker Josh Navidi in the tackle charts.

“We were under the pump in the first 20 minutes and they won the game off that really.

“We weren't at our best and unfortunately unlike last week (against Scotland) things didn't stick. We lost the aerial battle early on in the kicking game.

“We are very disappointed and need a big week of training and then it's over to Ireland for a big one.

“Scott Williams said in the huddle on the pitch afterwards that we have been here before, lost a game and come back to win the championship, so the boys have still got to be confident.

“We put a decent performance in and were still going to try and pinch the win towards the end, so hats off for the boys for digging in. Hopefully we can turn it around and get a win out in Ireland.”

The Irish are two wins from two after following up their late win against France in Paris by thrashing Italy in Dublin