AT best, it was lacklustre.
But in reality, the above term is generous when analysing Wales’ second half display in Murrayfield on Saturday, a game which ended in a 29-13 defeat for Rob Howley’s men, and a first loss to Scotland since 2007.
And as part of his ongoing RBS 6 Nations review with Guardian Sport - in conjunction with Star Multifuels, former Wales winger Shane Williams voiced his concerns at the manner of which the visitors lost their way after leading 13-6 in the closing stages of the first half.
“It was very disappointing,” he said.
“Although we lost the England game, I thought we had turned a corner with our performance. But clearly that’s not the case and we were outplayed in the second half.”
Wales had taken control before the break through Liam Williams’ try and seven points from the boot of Leigh Halfpenny – but failed to register a single point in the second 40 minutes.
“We were creative early on and I was confident at half time that we could build on that.
“But we didn’t threaten second half. Scotland defended very well but we were poor at the breakdown and made a lot of errors.
“We had no sense of direction and spent a lot of time complaining to the ref. I’d go as far to say it was an immature performance.”
However whilst Williams, who celebrated his 40th birthday on Sunday, says changes should be made ahead of the Ireland clash on March 10th, he won’t be holding his breath.
“Subtle changes in selection are needed – I would strongly consider bringing Taulupe Faletau and Luke Charteris in up front.
“But do I think Rob Howley will make changes? No. He doesn’t seem type to panic after a defeat and I also think it’s partly down to pride and fear of losing places in the world rankings.
“I mean there are calls that George North’s place will be under threat. But I can’t see him being dropped – it’s not the approach we’ve taken in the past.”
And Williams admitted he was now worried about where Wales would finish in this season’s Championship.
“We have some rebuilding to do because Saturday was a backward step after the England performance.
“But Ireland are a very good side and we are on the verge of three straight defeats, two of which at home.
“We will have to play very well and reach the levels we did against England to have a chance of beating them.”
Indeed, Williams was in Dublin on Saturday as part of ITV’s live coverage of the Irish beating France 19-9, and has since maintained his pre-tournament view that the title will be decided when Joe Schmidt’s men host England on the final day on March 18th.
“Since they lost to Scotland I think Ireland have been massively impressive,” he said.
“They were ruthless against Italy – and the way the Italians played against England on Sunday proves they are not just whipping boys.
“There has been a lot of focus on England but I still think it will come down to that huge game in Dublin on the last day. Obviously I hope we beat Ireland but if not, it makes for a more exciting finish.”
On a lighter note however, it has been a much better time lately for another team close to Williams’ heart – Division Three West A side Amman United.
Earlier this month, Amman beat Burry Port 13-3 to make the semi-finals of the National Bowl, and are now face Cardigan on March 25th for a place in the final at the Principality Stadium.
Unsurprisingly, the moment the draw was announced rumours began to surface that one of Amman’s favourite sons may be returning to action for the game – and he’s not entirely ruling out an appearance.
“It’s fantastic for our club,” he said,
“A lot of people have done a lot of great work there for a long time and I’d love them to reach the final and get the recognition they deserve.
“I’m massively excited for them – for an amateur to represent their home town in the best stadium in the world is an incredible thing.”
But will he be helping them in their quest to get there?
“I actually have other commitments that day but I’d love to get out with them and will try my best to work something out. If I can help them out in any way on the day I will.”
Sadly though, all local and international rugby in Wales was put firmly back in perspective on Sunday with news of the death of 20-year-old Elli Norkett, the Swansea Ladies RFC winger who had been tipped as one of her country’s future stars.
“It’s such sad news,” said Williams.
“She was a young girl with such a promising career ahead of her.
“It just puts everything into perspective and my condolences go out to her friends and family.”
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