Six Nations 2014: Wales won’t dwell on past triumphs, says Hibbard
Six Nations 2014: Wales prop Richard Hibbard insists Warren Gatland's men won't dwell on past successes
Richard Hibbard believes Wales’s 30-3 demolition job on England in last year’s Six Nations to snatch away the championship will not play a part in next week’s pivotal clash at Twickenham.
Wales go into the match against their oldest enemy on the back of an emphatic win over France at the Millennium Stadium.
I think it is going to be a physical encounter and very tough
Meanwhile, England showcased their championship-winning potential with an impressive 13-10 bruising win over Ireland in their first home match of the campaign.
“Every game is different and you take it game by game,” Hibbard told the Welsh Rugby Union website.
Wales, England, Ireland and France can still win this year’s championship after three rounds of matches, all four on four points with Ireland leading the way on points difference.
The Gloucester-bound Ospreys hooker, who has been a powerful force for Wales and recently the British and Irish Lions, believes this year’s match will be more physical.
“Last year’s championship is totally different to this one,” he added.
“I think it is going to be a physical encounter and very tough. England have had two great results since, so it is going to be a tough game against a very competent side playing well.”
“They are playing very well at the moment and they were unlucky not to get a result out in France.”
Confidence is high again in Wales that Warren Gatland’s warriors can create history by winning a third successive championship after bouncing back from a humiliating display in Dublin to cruise past a previously unbeaten France.
“We got challenged by the coaches after Ireland – they threw the gauntlet down and we had to answer it,” he said.
“Right across the squad, from one to 23, it was a good performance and we showed what the coaches were looking for.
“We had to be better against France and just had to be better at everything.”
Wales take on England at Twickenham on Sunday 9 March before returning back to Cardiff to take on Scotland in the final round of matches on Saturday 15 March.