Six Nations 2014: Wales will bounce back v France, vows Sam Warburton
Six Nations 2014: Sam Warburton promises that Wales will bounce back from their Ireland defeat by beating France
Sam Warburton says a disappointed Wales squad is eager to bounce back from last weekend’s crushing Six Nations defeat to Ireland with a win over unbeaten France next week.
Philippe Saint-Andre and his squad will arrive at the Millennium Stadium for Friday’s clash with wins over England and Italy in to their name but will face a Wales side desperate to right the wrongs from a slow start to the campaign.
“The players are desperate to show everyone the Wales they know,” Warburton said. “The result was a massive disappointment with a lot of uncharacteristic errors.
“From a structural point of view as forwards we have to take responsibility, we simply didn’t replicate what we had done in training during the game and that is disappointing.
“It was frustrating, we weren’t urgent enough and our ball retention wasn’t good enough but the things that went wrong can all be put right and we are working hard to do so in the build up to France.
“Individually and collectively we are all eager to put it right. It’s not like we have finished the campaign, we have a chance to put it right. We have won ten out of our last 12 Six Nations games and we need to remember that.
“In hindsight it’s similar to the England game last year, what happened to us is similar to what happened to them that day. In the match against England we were on the money and they weren’t and that was the case against Ireland, everything went right for them.”
I haven’t played for them since October so it’s been a good few months so it will be nice to be back out there
The 25-year-old flanker, who came off the bench against Italy and played 80 minutes in the Dublin defeat, is excited to be returning to his region this week to play for the Cardiff Blues in their clash against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday evening.
“I’m looking forward to playing this weekend, it’s a win-win situation,” he added.
“Hopefully I can help them pick up some points in the league and for me I get the benefit of getting some more miles in the legs as well.
“It will be great to be back and put the blue jersey back on. I haven’t played for them since October so it’s been a good few months so it will be nice to be back out there.
“The defeat out in Munster was disappointing but we have got a home game, in front of our fans and it’s a great chance to pick up some point.”