Sunday 17 November 2019

Wales vow not to repeat Dublin errors

Warren Gatland
Warren Gatland
David Kelly

David Kelly

WALES have vowed not to repeat the errors that led to a heavy defeat in Dublin last time out against an Irish side seeking to copper-fasten their claims on a second straight Six Nations title.

Warren Gatland's side were routed 26-3 in Dublin last year but assistant coach Robin McBryde has pointed to the lessons learned by the coaching staff as they seek revenge in next Saturday's Millennium Stadium encounter.

"From a coaching point of view we looked at ourselves and weren't happy with the way we prepared for the game that week," said McBryde.

"We did not have the intensity in training leading up to that match and we were exposed on the day.

"It was a bitter pill to swallow because we were well beaten and it was the first time in a long time that had happened to us.

"We really struggled to cope with their driving game but we've worked hard in that area and the boys showed against France what they're capable of doing."

However, McBryde concedes that Wales will have their work cut out against a Joe Schmidt side that have considerably improved.

"They're a very formidable outfit," he said. "You've got to have your wits about you playing them."

And Wales will have no problem with the late change of official, with controversial English whistler Wayne Barnes, who has antagonised Ireland recently, deputising for Steve Walsh.

"We have a good understanding of how Wayne Barnes reads the game.

"Like any game the contact area is going to be massive and that will continue to be a primary focus for us," he said.

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