Six Nations 2014: Wales must be ruthless against England, says Edwards
Six Nations 2014: Shaun Edwards says Wales must be disciplined and take their chances against England at Twickenham
Shaun Edwards has called on Wales to be disciplined and take their chances if they are to defeat England at Twickenham next week.
After a poor performance against Ireland in Dublin earlier this month, Wales bounced back with a dominant display en route to a 27-6 win over France on Friday in Cardiff.
We are aware of the need for good discipline
It gives the reigning champions a good platform to defend their crown if they can repeat their 2012 victory over Stuart Lancaster’s side.
“Each game is a different challenge but you always need a strong defence at Twickenham. It’s unrealistic to think you can go to England and you can score 25 or 30 points,” Edwards said.
“When we get chances we need to take them because playing at Twickenham you’re not going to get many chances.
“The last time we went there in 2012 it was a tight game which was decided by Scott Williams’ big turnover play.
“We are aware of the need for good discipline. It was a lot better on Friday against France and that was one of the reasons we won the game.
“We did not give France field position by giving those penalties away around the halfway line.”
The no-nonsense defence coach also admits he was impressed with how England played in their 13-10 win over Ireland at the weekend.
“They played very well against Ireland and I thought they were very resilient,” Edwards added. “Ireland played a very different game plan than they did against us. They played very wide and it probably backfired a little for them.
“England defended resolutely and there was a bit of magic from the Quins trio of Chris Robshaw, Danny Care and Mike Brown, who I have a great respect for and will have to watch.”
Wales were handed a boost this week with lock Alun Wyn Jones and centre Jonathan Davies back in training after injury, while Wales No 8 Taulupe Faletau will pack down without having to face his cousin after Billy Vunipola was ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury.
Despite the loss to one of their most influential forwards in this campaign, Edwards is wary of his likely replacement in Gloucester’s Ben Morgan.
“Billy is a great lad and I have known him from Wasps when he was much younger,” the former Wasps coach said.
“Ben Morgan is a very similar player to Billy and they are almost changing like for like. Ben is a bit taller and probably more of an open-field runner, but both of them are difficult to tackle.
“The last time we played England at Twickenham, he, along with Manu Tuilagi, were the two players who broke our tackles.
“So we will practice diligently to try and stop Ben, particularly from kick returns where he is very good.”