Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb has called on his teammates to bounce back in style and go on to Six Nations glory in the aftermath of their
21-16 defeat to England in the tournament’s opening game this weekend.
The Red Dragons held a ten-point lead at one instance of the game as Webb himself crossed over for Wales’ only try after just eight minutes.
However, an inspired England fightback saw the visitors overturn a 16-8 half-time deficit as they went on to record a thrilling victory in Cardiff.
Webb bemoaned his side’s second-half performance against the Red Rose after admitting the visiting side won the physical battle within Friday’s game, but assured Welsh rugby fans they will come back with a bang against Scotland in their next Six Nations fixture.
Webb said: “If we had played for the whole game as we did in the first half, it would have been a different story. It’s now going to be an interesting tournament and we have to pick ourselves up and get back to winning ways at Murrayfield. We lost out physically a bit to England and I am sure we will be getting stuck into each other in training this week.
“Monday and Tuesday will be pretty brutal,” added Webb. “We will look at the video of the game and everyone will chip in and say their piece. That is where we are as a team. We are capable of repeating the achievement of two years ago when we lost to Ireland but went on to win the championship. This is a world-class team.”
The defeat saw Wales slip to fourth-favourites in the betting to win the Six Nations tournament, at a price of 11.00 to secure success, while England moved to the head of the betting to lift the trophy at a price of 2.00. Elsewhere, Ireland are second favourites to taste Six Nations’ glory this year at a price of 2.70 after their 26-3 win in Italy.