Wednesday 21 February 2018

Scoring system leaves Edwards 'in disbelief'

Six Nations touchlines

Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Shaun Edwards is still experiencing "a bit of disbelief" after Wales outscored England 3-1 on tries at Twickenham last Saturday but still lost 25-21.

Wales will finish as Six Nations runners-up if they beat Italy in Cardiff this weekend.

Wales were punished for a feeble first-half defensive display at Twickenham - they missed 19 tackles - with England going on to lead 19-0 and 25-7 before the visitors scored two late converted tries after Red Rose prop Dan Cole had been sin-binned.

"I am still in a bit of disbelief that you can lose a game in rugby having scored three tries to one. I have tried explaining that to my mother, who is from Wigan, and she didn't seem to understand it."

Earls set for 50th international cap

Keith Earls may be one of the most modest players in the Ireland squad but even he could allow himself a brief moment to acknowledge the fact that he will earn his 50th cap tomorrow.

The Limerick native has enjoyed a fine run in the team after a long spell of injuries.

"I'm delighted, and 50 is a big landmark," he said. "The dream of one cap would have been great, and getting 50 is something special and something that I haven't taken for granted with my injuries a couple of years ago."

Fresh faces stop by Carton House

Connacht pair Matt Healy and Quinn Roux along with Chris Henry were among the fresh faces to train with Ireland yesterday.

There have been plenty of calls for Healy to be given a chance for Ireland, and the Pro12's top try scorer will be hoping that he impressed enough to earn a call up further down the line.

Quote of the day

"I thought maybe I'd get into the group then try to get into the team, but that was massive. That's the way I like it though, I like to be thrown into the deep end then just swim out of the muck. So I'm glad for that and glad Joe gave me the opportunity." - CJ Stander has certainly made the most of his first Six Nations campaign.

Number of the day

50 Ireland captain Rory Best has overcome a calf injury to make his 50th successive Six Nations appearance.

Irish Independent

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