Webb: Win keeps Wales hopes alive


Published: Monday 16th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Rhys Webb believes it is “all still to play for” after Wales revived their RBS 6 Nations title hopes with victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.

Although unbeaten England and Ireland continue to jostle for pole position, Wales ensured they remain among the chasing pack heading to Paris in 12 days’ time for an appointment with France.

Scrum-half Webb’s first-half try – his second in successive Six Nations games this season – helped set Wales up for an eighth win on the bounce against Scotland and preserved their 100 per cent record in the fixture since head coach Warren Gatland took charge seven years ago.

And the performance was a far cry from Wales’ second-half display against England earlier this month, when they failed to score a point after half-time and went down to a 21-16 Millennium Stadium defeat.

“We just need to keep going now,” Webb said.

“We can’t go back to where we were last week. This is where we are now, and the hopes of winning the championship are still on.

“It’s all still to play for, and it’s exciting, but we’ve got to keep getting better and put in some good performances.

“We were obviously bitterly disappointed with that loss to England but we had to put it to the back of our minds, regroup and get together. I think it was just a one-off.

“I just think we got caught slow last week. We don’t expect that of ourselves. It was a terrible performance by us, and we knew we had to play well this week.

“We wanted to come to Murrayfield and get the win, and we did that and played some pleasing rugby.”

Webb’s touchdown, which came after he applied the finishing touch to a flowing long-range move, continued his impressive strike rate for Wales and the Ospreys this term.

He has collected 13 tries – four of those in Test match action – which underlines how important a figure he is in Gatland’s team.

“I guess I am picking my time to run with some of the tries, but the last couple have been down to support lines,” Webb added.

“I think it’s just about hard work really. When I pass the ball, I know it’s not time to rest. I have got to keep going, keep alive and just hope that someone makes a line-break.

“With the backs we have in this team, they are capable of making line-breaks whenever, so I am always on my bike ready for support.

“You are not guaranteed the jersey – you have to play well to keep it – and we were lucky enough (after England) to have a chance to redeem ourselves.”

Wales’ 26-23 triumph against Scotland showcased improvements in several key areas, and with George North and Samson Lee both likely to be available after missing Murrayfield, the Six Nations campaign has enjoyed a degree of lift-off.

“I just think we executed the game very well and played in the right areas,” Webb said.

“It was great work by the forwards, and our defence was excellent and completely different to last week.

“Last week, we weren’t dealing with the threats that were coming over the ball. We were hitting the rucks, but not being effective.

“We knew (Scotland flanker) Blair Cowan was very good over the ball against France, but to be fair to the boys they did well and cleaned him out every time he was on the ball.”

France are now next up for Wales and Webb added: “You never know with the French.

“I have always enjoyed watching them play. They tend to just play Barbarians-style rugby. They like to flick it around.

“They have got some dangerous backs and some big forwards. We have got to be careful with them, and it’s going to be a tough challenge out there.”

Published: Monday 16th February 2015 by The News Editor

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