Glamorgan Gazette - - Sport - With Kevin Ellis

ALL the talk­ing over the week­end was did Gareth An­scombe score the try or not? I was at a packed Twick­en­ham Sta­dium with Al­lan Bate­man and after look­ing at the big screen we both said it’s a try and you could see the Welsh team walk back to their po­si­tions for the kick-off. After a few looks at the screen and a chat to a touch judge, the ref­eree went to the TMO and after a quick de­ci­sion he dis­al­lowed it and all the English fans were stunned at the de­ci­sion.

It was a poor game in wet and windy con­di­tions. The skill level was poor and our kick­ing game was poor. I thought scrum-half Gareth Davies had his worst game for Wales. His pass­ing was slow and his box kicks were too long and Eng­land’s back three at­tacked us ev­ery time, es­pe­cially man of the match Mike Brown.

Wales have got to for­get the Eng­land game now, the re­sult stands so get on with prepa­ra­tion to face an im­pres­sive Ire­land.

It wasn’t great news for Wales U20s. They got bat­tered by Eng­land in Col­wyn Bay last Fri­day night. Some of the tack­ling was em­bar­rass­ing. I’m not sure who’s do­ing the de­fence coach­ing but the Welsh play­ers’ tack­ling tech­nique was clue­less. If I was Geraint John I would get Al­lan Bate­man to do a few ses­sions with the boys and show them to tackle with the shoul­der and leg drive rather than the arms and fin­gers.

I see Rhys Webb is not giv­ing up hope on play­ing for Wales even though the WRU has in­tro­duced this pa­thetic rule of 60 caps. You could see on Satur­day Wales missed Webby big time. Gareth Davies is a run­ning scrum-half but his pass­ing and kick­ing is poor and it af­fected the back­line and I know Rob How­ley won’t be happy. QUES­TION: What did you think of the Wales v Eng­land game?

It wasn’t the best of games and I’m sure both coaches will be dis­ap­pointed with the per­for­mances but I think Eng­land just de­served it. I think we’ve got to get the big boys back e.g. North, Williams, Big­gar, Fale­tau as Ire­land in Dublin will be a mas­sive chal­lenge as they are on fire at the mo­ment.

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