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Injury Worries For Wales After Victory

Cardiff: After their 54-9 triumph, Wales coach Warren Gatland rues new injuries and warns his players about size of the task facing them against England Despite further injury woes, Wales
22 Sep 2015 09:52
Injury Worries For Wales After Victory
Wales’ Cory Allen (left), takes a heavy hit against Uruguay and is one of six injury doubts for England game. Photo: World Rugby

Cardiff: After their 54-9 triumph, Wales coach Warren Gatland rues new injuries and warns his players about size of the task facing them against England

Despite further injury woes, Wales registered a bonus-point victory over Uruguay in their opening Pool B game against Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on yesterday.

Cory Allen (torn hamstring), Samson Lee (calf), Liam Williams (thigh), Dan Lydiate (head), Aaron Jarvis (ribs) and Paul James (calf) were all forced off during the game as Wales scored eight tries in a 54-9 victory.

It was a bitter-sweet success for coach Gatland, who faces the possibility of replacing two of his squad in the build-up to Sunday’s game against England.

“We have come through as one of the teams not to have suffered too many injuries and knocks. Our medical staff have always done a fantastic job,” he said.

Mental challenge

“The message at halftime was to take the Uruguayan legs by being strong at scrum and lineout. Our pick-and-go game was pretty strong, but they weren’t easy.”

Wales head across the border tomorrow in preparation for Saturday’s game against England.

“Next week is all about getting yourself mentally right for the confrontation. We saw what England did on Friday in the win against Fiji when the second-half tightened up.

“They went back to their forward play and they drove every single lineout. It is going to be a contest fought up front.

“It will be a mental, physical battle and we have to prepare for that,” he said.

 

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