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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 February 2006, 19:13 GMT
'Inept' Wales frustrate Davies
Wales' 31-5 capitulation against Ireland in Sunday's RBS Six Nations match at Lansdowne Road left BBC Sport's rugby experts perplexed.

Former dual-code international Jonathan Davies and ex-captain Gwyn Jones agree that Wales must alter their approach for the next match against Italy.


By Jonathan Davies
Former Wales fly-half

It was all about the performance for Wales in Ireland, not the politics surrounding the Welsh game, but I thought most of the performance was inept.

Even when we had some field position and possession in the first 20 minutes we still weren't getting much penetration.

When fly-half Stephen Jones went off he had been our main ball-carrier and our main threat.

BBC Pundit Jonathan Davies says Gavin Henson was 'poor'
BBC Pundit Jonathan Davies says Gavin Henson was 'poor'

The whole pattern went and Wales had no option but to replace him with Gavin Henson.

He was very, very poor, looked almost disinterested, and whether he was rusty or not it was a very poor performance.

Wales need ball-carriers, we need to change our style of play.

It's the same thing when we had the ball against England: we went lateral, lateral, lateral and defences will cope with that very easily.

I know we've got a lot of injuries to strike players but sometimes we have to change our approach.

Gwyn Jones
Former Wales captain

It was a fairly muted performance from Wales after a difficult two weeks and was a pretty one-sided, comprehensive loss.

Wales have been under a lot of pressure, there's no denying that, but I expected them to come out against Ireland and make a statement.

Marcus Horan celebrates an Ireland try before going off injured
Marcus Horan celebrates an Ireland try before going off injured

They never laid down and battled to the end - it could have been more points - but this isn't a particularly brilliant Ireland side.

It didn't go how I thought - I thought we would struggle for 20 minutes then come back into it, but the opposite came true.

We controlled things for 20 minutes and then when Stephen Jones went off it coincided with Wales losing quite a lot of shape.

That we didn't threaten in any department after that was very disappointing.

We are a bit predictable out there, we haven't moved on from last year and we need more options now in attack.

I don't think we had much choice than to put Gavin Henson on when Stephen Jones was injured. He is a talented player and he covers a lot of positions.

Wales had to put him on, but it was clear he is woefully out of match practice and the poor chap had a poor game - he's usually a fine tactical kicker.




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