TRY-SCORING second row Cory Hill hailed an “incredible” Wales performance in Cardiff on Saturday, as the Dragons skipper’s touchdown helped his country stay on course for a Six Nations Grand Slam.

Warren Gatland had recalled Hill to the starting line-up to face England at the Principality Stadium, and the 24-cap lock certainly repaid the faith shown in him by the Kiwi.

He crashed over for his third international try after a 34-phase passage of play to give the hosts the lead with 10 minutes left, before Josh Adams crossed in the closing stages to put the seal on a 21-13 win.

Wales are now the only unbeaten team left in this year’s tournament and need victories away to Scotland and at home against Ireland to secure a third Grand Slam under Gatland.

“The atmosphere out there, especially when you’re keeping the ball for 20 phases at the end and scoring, it’s just incredible,” said Hill.

“It was my 24th cap and certainly the biggest I’ve been involved in.

“We knew it was going to be a challenge, we knew England had been good in the first two games and we knew we had to step up our game because we perhaps didn’t perform as we wanted to in our first two.

“It was an incredible performance by the boys, we dug in at the end and it was a massive win.

“It just shows we can go against the best and grind it out.

“We’re such a tight group with the coaches and players, and it’s a nice ride we’re on.

“We need to go away and win in Scotland and certainly look to get the championship.”

Looking back at the match, Hill feels the work the squad put in leading up to the encounter proved crucial, while coming out on top in the kicking battle was also key.

“We spoke about it in the week, just slowly let it simmer and leave everything out there, and we showed it,” he added.

“We built into it in the first half, didn’t keep hold of the ball enough, our own errors stung us and they were on top.

“We came out fighting in the second half and certainly didn’t leave anything out there, and it showed.

“We came in last week for the fallow week and everything just went up a notch. We certainly got put through our paces and the hard work certainly paid off.

“All the hard work we put in last week showed in the last 10 minutes of the game.”

He continued: “We were at home, we’re used to winning, on a good run and we knew we could fight back.

“We settled down (after conceding a try to Tom Curry in the first half) and knew we needed to build back into it and win the kicking battle, which we did in the second half.”

Second row partner and Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones praised Hill for his special finish.

“It was at the tail-end of 30-odd phases and it was a good team try, but to be able to cut a line like that and take the opportunity was pretty special,” said Jones.

“It’s good to see the strength and depth in the second row at the minute, everyone is putting their hands up.”