England off Ireland's radar in Wales - Best

Ross Houston
March 10, 2017

Vern Cotter's side trailed at the break against the Welsh before rallying in the second-half to claim a sensational 29-13 victory to keep their own title hopes alive.

But in order to came away victorious, so Wales need to learn from their previous mistakes and play for each other otherwise we will see a replay of England and Scotland.

Rory Best insists Ireland will not be stung by any added ferocity of facing Wales under a closed roof in Cardiff tonight.

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The England coach aimed a sly dig at Italy's tactics while suggesting that he thought Romain Poite had not understood the laws of the game correctly, rather than his players. "It's incredibly infuriating when teams that don't tend to play off scrums get rewarded for the way they approach the scrum".

I think their first-half showing against the Azzurri and their failure to react to Italy's tactics proved the ideal wake-up call for the men in white.

"If you start to look ahead to games in June and forget about the massive occasion tomorrow.as soon as you take your eye off the ball at this level, forget about it, that's the one or two percent that makes the difference between winning and losing Test matches of this magnitude". "Robbie and Garry have a really good relationship and we're building on that, selection may be swayed by cohesion, but Jared and Robbie played well together as well".

Pressed for more detail on his key goal kicker, he said: "I'm not going to tell you that mate. I'll worry about things when they happen during the game".


England have won their last 10 Six Nations games, equaling the tournament record set by them twice before (1882 to 1886 and 1922 to 1925).

Wales may be forsaking the overtly direct and confrontational style that won them the title in 2012 and 2013 and embracing the attacking zeitgeist, but in a match they have to win to ensure they are in the top eight of the world rankings for the World Cup group draw in May, the future will be put on hold.

England have won their last 13 home games in the Six Nations, the last time they went on a longer such run was between 1998 and 2003 (14 games).

A victory for Scotland this weekend would be their first at Twickenham since 1983 and earn them their first Triple Crown success since their Grand Slam triumph in 1990. Jonny's brother Richie has made more tackles (41) than anyone else without missing one so far.


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