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What's On Our Mind Going Into The Last Six Nations Weekend?
Posted Mar 15, 2011 by Shaun Edwards
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The Welsh forward line is becoming a bit of a gold-mine. With players such as Shane Williams always capable of igniting matches, it’s common enough for Warren Gatland’s team to be more recognised for their backline than the forwards. However, against Ireland it was the latter that got the job done, both Alun Wyn and Ryan Jones offering up an attacking lecture. It gave the impression of great potential moving forwards.
The Italians are improving. If they are able to perform for a full match as they did in the last twenty minutes against France, the Azzurri are more than capable of winning their second Six Nations match in a row at Murrayfield. The Scots were brutal against England, and will be seeking their own victory, but it would be intriguing to see how they would deal with an Italian side that will be flying high on confidence.
Ireland are slowing. Declan Kidney’s side do still have the natural ability to win matches, but their older members are definitely slowing up. Against Wales they threw away two solid chances to score, and Paddy Wallace wasted a chance to save the match in the final few minutes. They will need to come out all guns blazing if they wish to prevent England from obtaining the Grand Slam.
England need to up their game. If they really want to dominate this tournament and show that their win against France wasn’t a mere fluke, then Martin Johnson’s team will really need to show more mental strength than they exhibited against the Scots. Whilst they have a strong scrum and the evergreen kicking of Jonny Wilkinson, their breakdown play needs improvement. With the World Cup coming up, a Grand Slam would do wonders for their confidence.