ARGUS COMMENT: Will World Cup be a step too far for this Wales team?

ARGUS COMMENT: Will World Cup be a step too far for this Wales team?

ARGUS COMMENT: Will World Cup be a step too far for this Wales team?

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SO it wasn't to be.

All the talk at the start of this Six Nations rugby season was of Wales winning an historic third title in succession.

Warren Gatland's team were still in with a chance before yesterday's clash with England at Twickenham.

But the English gained some measure of revenge for last year's 30-3 defeat at the Millennium Stadium with a 29-18 victory that, in truth, would have been far more comprehensive were it not for the home team's indiscipline.

And so England won the Triple Crown, Ireland are favourites to take the Six Nations title in Brian O' Driscoll's last match next week, and Wales have nothing to show for a season that promised much.

In truth, with the exception of a fine victory over France, Wales have been a shadow of the team that has dominated the Six Nations for the past two seasons.

Whether some of the more experienced players have run their course is debatable. If they have, then Gatland has some thinking to do ahead of next year's World Cup.

He has to consider whether the tournament will be a step too far for some of the players who have served their country so well in recent years.

If he believes that to be the case then sentiment has to be set aside and new faces brought in.

If not, then he has a challenge ahead of him to coax another 18 months of top-class performances from the veterans in the Welsh ranks.

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11:29am Mon 10 Mar 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

At the moment the only answer can be no. The team seems incapable of changing the game plan to suit the game and far too many teams are now doing thier home work and beating us at our own game. The game plan should have been changed for the england game as it was glaringly obvious that after the ireland game things needed to be changed, they were not and we were punished for it. If we had of turned up and mixed things up we would have spoiled englands game plan and that would have gone in our favour. England were determined to stop us in our tracks knowing exactly what wew were gaoing to do we made it easy.

Wales do have the quality in the players and gatland needs to start to bring the best out in the players and allow them to do what they do best. They disn't play badly on sunday it all came down to having no play b on the field that could have been executed.

The one thing that I have noticed is certain players track back with the attacking player instead of facing up and tackling the players, why are they doing this, why are they just not takling the player with the ball and nailing them rather than allowing them to make up ground and giving time for thier own players to get to them for support.

The other thing that I have noticed is we don't play for the ball enough when we tackle every other team seems capable of slowing our ball down but we don't do the same in return.
At the moment the only answer can be no. The team seems incapable of changing the game plan to suit the game and far too many teams are now doing thier home work and beating us at our own game. The game plan should have been changed for the england game as it was glaringly obvious that after the ireland game things needed to be changed, they were not and we were punished for it. If we had of turned up and mixed things up we would have spoiled englands game plan and that would have gone in our favour. England were determined to stop us in our tracks knowing exactly what wew were gaoing to do we made it easy. Wales do have the quality in the players and gatland needs to start to bring the best out in the players and allow them to do what they do best. They disn't play badly on sunday it all came down to having no play b on the field that could have been executed. The one thing that I have noticed is certain players track back with the attacking player instead of facing up and tackling the players, why are they doing this, why are they just not takling the player with the ball and nailing them rather than allowing them to make up ground and giving time for thier own players to get to them for support. The other thing that I have noticed is we don't play for the ball enough when we tackle every other team seems capable of slowing our ball down but we don't do the same in return. grumpyandopinionated
  • Score: 2

12:53pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Crossbenchtory says...

The Welsh team played appallingly on Sunday, certainly not up to the calibre expected of internationals, and now Mr Gatland has to ring the changes or he will loose his authority.

The players need to know that the highest standard is expected of them for 80 minutes in every game, not 1 out of 4, or they will be dropped. Representing your country at the highest level is a privilege, not a right.
The Welsh team played appallingly on Sunday, certainly not up to the calibre expected of internationals, and now Mr Gatland has to ring the changes or he will loose his authority. The players need to know that the highest standard is expected of them for 80 minutes in every game, not 1 out of 4, or they will be dropped. Representing your country at the highest level is a privilege, not a right. Crossbenchtory
  • Score: 3

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