England coach Jones warns his side of Welsh shenanigans

12 February, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Felix Jensen
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"We have prepared for any shenanigans that might go on.The Welsh are a cunning lot, they've got goats, they've got daffodils - we're preparing for anything". "They've got goats, they've got daffodils, they have got everything, so who knows".

"I quite like it, it spurs me on and gets me going", said Joseph, who was superb on England's last visit to the Welsh capital, scoring a decisive try by wriggling through several tackles.

England should win that game easily based on Italy's poor display against Ireland on Saturday, and with a home match against Scotland before the Super Saturday finale in Dublin, they have been made odds-on to secure back to back grand slams. "It was a proper Test match and we will learn from it having been a bit over-eager in the first 20 minutes".

"We are gritty team with characters in there that don't know how to get beaten and that was evident today".

"At stages I thought we were going to fade out of the game, but we hung in there making tackles. You have got fans giving you stick the whole game", Jones said.

Earlier, after Halfpenny and Farrell had exchanged penalties, Youngs had scored the first try of the night, the England scrum-half stretching through a ruck in the 18th minute after a barrage of sustained pressure on Wales' line. "We are looking forward to kick-off on Saturday".

"The intensity and application of our players for 75 minutes was outstanding", he said.

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England won in Cardiff two years ago but some players will still bear the scars of 2013 when they travelled seeking a grand slam but were hammered 30-3. It's a tough one, but you take that, you bottle it and we will use that in two weeks when we go to Murrayfield.

"It's not the finished article but we keep going and keep getting better", Farrell said.

"We had to execute under pressure, and we didn't but that's test match football and you have to make sure when you're in that position next time, you're better for it", Howley said. That is the challenge for the players, and I think the qualities of a team are when you bounce back.

Defeat was Wales' second during Howley's second stint as stand-in for British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland.

Clifford, who was not involved against France, has seven caps but his only global start came in last May's game against the Welsh. Wales wanted an indoor game to improve the chance of a running game, but captain Alun Wyn Jones admitted a closed roof also elevated the crowd noise to a level that made it uncomfortable for visitors.

Jones is right though, after seeing Ireland put up a score against Italy this weekend, then England will have to do the same.

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