Six Nations 2014: Sam Waburton wants Wales to preserve home record
Six Nations 2014: Sam Warburton calls on Wales to preserve their unbeaten home record against Scotland on Saturday
Sam Warburton has called on his Wales team-mates to bow out of this year’s Six Nations with a win over Scotland to keep their home record intact.
By their high standards, the reigning champions have been disappointing despite wins against Italy and France from their first four matches, but the Wales captain has insisted that the focus should be on the future rather than dwelling on the past.
Wales are so used to going into the last Six Nations match with something to play for
“For us it is hugely important to beat Scotland, to finish the season on a high, having won all our home games, and give our loyal fans something to cheer about,” Warburton said in his Daily Telegraph column.
“We have a leadership group of senior players who met on Tuesday. We talked about putting a massive emphasis this week on showing what we are really about. Apart from the France match, we have not shown the real Wales in this tournament.
“We will be back, I hope starting with a win on Saturday. Some might say that it will be too little, too late, but we can do nothing about the past now. It is about this game, and then looking ahead to the summer tour of South Africa.”
Much has been made about Wales failing to turn up in their away matches against Ireland and England with complaints from outsiders about Warren Gatland’s tactics and fatigue from last summer’s British and Irish Lions tour.
Like many of his international colleagues already this week, the Cardiff Blues flanker said the blame lies with the players on the pitch and fatigue is an easy excuse that isn’t coming from anyone inside the Wales squad.
“We have no one but ourselves to blame, but it has been a strange week preparing for Saturday’s match against Scotland,” he said.
“Wales are so used to going into the last Six Nations match with something to play for, but our dream of a historic third successive outright title disappeared at Twickenham on Sunday, so now we have third place to aim for. And that is relying on other results as well.
“Yes, some players such as Dan Lydiate, Alun Wyn Jones, Toby Faletau, Alex Cuthbert and Leigh Halfpenny have played a lot of games. But Jamie Roberts, Jonathan Davies, Gethin Jenkins and myself have all had long lay-offs.
“I do not think it is a physical problem. All the Lions had five weeks off after the tour anyway.”