With the Junior World Cup seven weeks away, this clash was an indication of prospects and it was the face of English coach Tosh Askew that bore the smile after seeing his team get home thanks to four penalties by centre Ben Russell (Northampton).
For Welsh coach Dai Rees, the defeat was a reminder that the balance of his team is not yet right and games against France (February 15) and Italy (March 3) will give him the opportunities to iron out problems.
There was little between two average sides, the better control of the English pack forced errors for Russell to push home the advantage.
The first half was stolid, with defences on top and the difference between the two sides at half-time was the better English goal-kicking.
Russell placed two penalties while Lee Thomas (Cardiff) and Matthew Jones (Neath College) missed two between them and after the break there was little life in a scrappy affair.
The most threatening action was a storming run by No 8 James Malpas (Cardiff) and back replacement Nick MacLeod (Cardiff) was clear only to be recalled for a forward pass, but, that apart, Wales could create little and Russell sealed a deserved win with two more penalties.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.