LIONS wing Shane Williams has defiantly predicted Wales can still declare the Six Nations title this season regardless of the opening defeat to England.
The 30-17 loss at Twickenham has deprived Warren Gatland’s facet of the Triple Crown and Grand Slam but Williams believes the championship is still up for grabs.
“The year has not gone,” he insisted. “The 6 Nations is so tight these days that any individual can win it and we know that.
“It has been a very good begin for the likes of England, Ireland and France but we are not out of it.
“There are a great deal of challenging games coming up and, if I know the guys, then we are going to fight to the stop.
“It is a very poor begin but I am confident we can pick ourselves up and start performing greater than we did towards England.
“We can win the remaining video games and it is not an impossible task. We have been there and accomplished it, so permit us have a search to see if we can do it yet again.
“There are no panic stations but and there is a lot a lot more to arrive from this facet.
“The excellent issue is we know we can play a whole lot greater than that exhibit towards England. We didn’t perform specifically properly yet could have won the video game.
“Apart from the interception at the finish, I felt we were beginning to turn out to be the better side and we could have taken it in the stop.”
Williams struggled to make an influence at Twickenham with really handful of passes coming his way as Wales struggled for any fluidity apart from a traditional screen from James Hook.
Wales kicked away possession in the very first fifty percent and only started out to play some creative rugby when they had been chasing the game. But the Ospreys wing blamed the 18 turnovers for his facet struggling to supply a free of charge-flowing overall performance.
“As a Welsh side we consider to get the ball close to the park as considerably as we can, to tire the other teams,” said Williams.
“We experimented with undertaking it in the first half versus England sadly we lost the ball in some essential regions.
“There was a enormous turnover count in the video game – that does not suit us, clearly, simply because we want to retain hold of the ball.
“When we began performing that in the 2nd 50 percent we ended up capable to set free of charge some of the faster men we have on the wings.”
By then, Wales ended up chasing the game following conceding 17 factors in the ten minutes that under-hearth lock Alun Wyn Jones was off the subject for the senseless trip on England hooker Dylan Hartley.
Gatland branded Jones action as “stupid” right away soon after the game, claimed it price Wales the recreation and even hinted the Lions lock could be dropped versus Scotland.
But Williams joined the queue of Wales people who have stood by their group-mate in the Twickenham aftermath.
“They scored 17 factors whilst we had only 14 men on the subject, but you simply cannot put all the blame on Alun,” said Williams.
“There had been a good deal of boys out there on the subject trying our ideal, but it did not go our way.
“On another day it could have been someone else sin-binned, and we would have conceded no points.
“So it’s quite challenging. He’s a single of the boys, and not one particular of the players is going to place any blame on Alun.
“We are heading to stick by him.”
And Williams denied the gamers had been aggrieved in direction of Gatland about his very public criticism of 1 of his gamers.
“It’s quite hard right after the recreation,” additional Williams.
“Everyone’s dissatisfied with what occurred.
“The truth Alun Wyn was sent off did not support matters.
“But as a player who is going to play with Alun for a lengthy time hopefully, I’m not going to place too a lot blame on him.
“He’s more let down than any person with what transpired on the field.
“He is quite self-vital but I hope it is going to make him bounce back more powerful.
“If I know Alun Wyn, it will. Ideally, none of this speculation will have an effect on him.
“Consistently, he’s been one particular of the ideal players in Wales for a while.
“I know there is a great deal of sad Welsh men and women out there, but, trust me, there is no a single a lot more unsatisfied and gutted than Alun.
“I hope he is enjoying on Saturday – type-clever he really should be.
“He’ll be raring to go and we’ll have yet another great recreation out of him.
“Alun Wyn is one of the most committed gamers in the squad and often gives 100 per cent.
“I want him on the subject when we are enjoying because he is the sort of man you want in the trenches.”
But Williams is aware Wales want to show much more discipline at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday with ace kicker Chris Paterson in the Scottish ranks.
“We harp on about self-discipline and how critical it is especially at international level,” he additional.
“When you have the likes of Jonny Wilkinson and Chris Paterson that can kick penalties from almost everywhere, self-control is paramount.”
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