LIONS wing Shane Williams has defiantly predicted Wales can nonetheless declare the Six Nations title this season even with the opening defeat to England.
The thirty-17 loss at Twickenham has deprived Warren Gatland’s facet of the Triple Crown and Grand Slam but Williams believes the championship is still up for grabs.
“The year has not gone,” he insisted. “The Six Nations is so restricted these days that everyone can win it and we know that.
“It has been a excellent commence for the likes of England, Ireland and France but we are not out of it.
“There are a lot of challenging games coming up and, if I know the men, then we are heading to combat to the stop.
“It is a poor start but I am confident we can choose ourselves up and start off doing much better than we did versus England.
“We can win the remaining game titles and it is not an unattainable job. We have been there and accomplished it, so permit us have a look to see if we can do it yet again.
“There are no panic stations but and there is a good deal much more to come from this side.
“The good point is we know we can perform a whole lot much better than that display in opposition to England. We didn’t perform notably nicely yet could have won the game.
“Apart from the interception at the end, I felt we ended up starting to turn into the greater facet and we could have taken it in the end.”
Williams struggled to make an influence at Twickenham with really few passes coming his way as Wales struggled for any fluidity apart from a classic screen from James Hook.
Wales kicked absent possession in the first 50 percent and only started to play some innovative rugby when they had been chasing the gaming. But the Ospreys wing blamed the eighteen turnovers for his aspect struggling to provide a free-flowing functionality.
“As a Welsh facet we try to get the ball close to the park as much as we can, to tire the other teams,” stated Williams.
“We experimented with undertaking it in the very first 50 percent against England sadly we lost the ball in some essential places.
“There was a enormous turnover count in the recreation – that doesn’t match us, obviously, due to the fact we want to keep maintain of the ball.
“When we commenced undertaking that in the 2nd 50 % we were in a position to set cost-free some of the quicker guys we have on the wings.”
By then, Wales ended up chasing the sport right after conceding 17 points in the 10 minutes that under-fireplace lock Alun Wyn Jones was off the subject for the senseless journey on England hooker Dylan Hartley.
Gatland branded Jones action as “stupid” right away right after the sport, claimed it value Wales the gaming and even hinted the Lions lock could be dropped towards Scotland.
But Williams joined the queue of Wales gamers who have stood by their staff-mate in the Twickenham aftermath.
“They scored 17 points although we had only 14 males on the area, but you can’t set all the blame on Alun,” explained Williams.
“There ended up a good deal of boys out there on the subject attempting our best, but it didn’t go our way.
“On yet another day it could have been somebody else sin-binned, and we would have conceded no points.
“So it’s quite challenging. He’s one particular of the boys, and not one of the players is heading to place any blame on Alun.
“We are likely to stick by him.”
And Williams denied the players have been aggrieved in direction of Gatland about his quite public criticism of one particular of his players.
“It’s really challenging after the gaming,” added Williams.
“Everyone’s dissatisfied with what took place.
“The fact Alun Wyn was sent off didn’t help issues.
“But as a player who is going to perform with Alun for a prolonged time ideally, I’m not likely to place too much blame on him.
“He’s a lot more dissatisfied than everyone with what transpired on the subject.
“He is quite self-essential but I hope it is going to make him bounce again stronger.
“If I know Alun Wyn, it will. Ideally, none of this speculation will have an effect on him.
“Consistently, he’s been 1 of the ideal gamers in Wales for a even though.
“I know there’s a whole lot of disappointed Welsh folks out there, but, rely on me, there’s no one particular far more unhappy and gutted than Alun.
“I hope he is enjoying on Saturday – kind-clever he must be.
“He’ll be raring to go and we’ll have yet another great gaming out of him.
“Alun Wyn is a single of the most committed people in the squad and often provides one hundred for each cent.
“I want him on the subject when we are taking part in due to the fact he is the kind of gentleman you want in the trenches.”
But Williams knows Wales require to demonstrate a lot more discipline at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday with ace kicker Chris Paterson in the Scottish ranks.
“We harp on about discipline and how crucial it is particularly at global amount,” he added.
“When you have the likes of Jonny Wilkinson and Chris Paterson that can kick penalties from almost everywhere, self-control is paramount.”
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