Howley is full of pride
WALES boss Rob Howley hailed the power of his tight five and the quality of inspirational openside Sam Warburton following the hard-earned victory in Edinburgh.
The right boot of Leigh Halfpenny knocked over 23 of the points in the 28-18 success in Scotland but it was the grunt up front that did the damage.
Wales destroyed Scotland in the scrum, marched the hosts back with pick and drives and won the battle of the gain line.
“I thought our pack was outstanding, especially the front five,” said interim head coach Howley.
“There were times when our accuracy let us down but the ball-carrying and the quality of the work at set piece gave us the platform.
“We needed that and when your number seven is on the front foot it is an advantage.
“I thought Sam Warburton was outstanding and showed world- class qualities.
“He put pressure on the ball, he got vital turnovers and I’m delighted for him because he’s had a tough five or six weeks.
“It is good to see him out there playing and enjoying his rugby.
“Sam is a very mature and grounded individual and it’s the sort of response you would expect from him.
“He has always been outstanding in our eyes and I think he proved a point today to those who have questioned him.”
Wales have started plotting for England, who head to Cardiff looking to secure their first Grand Slam since 2003.
“We had a great experience last year winning the Triple Crown at Twickenham but I am sure England will back themselves coming to Cardiff,” said Howley.
“We’re just looking forward to a mammoth game and I’m really pleased for the players after what happened in that first half against Ireland.
“We have kept telling the players that they are a good side, that good sides don’t turn into bad sides overnight.
“I think the character they have shown in the last three games, and away from home, well, they can be proud of themselves.”