Gatland sends England warning ahead of game vs Wales

Gatland sends England warning ahead of game vs Wales

Gatland sends England warning ahead of game vs Wales

England have two hugely impressive bonus-point victories, and Wales have equaled their best winning streak of 11 from more than a century ago.

"We're going to have to be at our absolute best".

"We're breeding some good back-rowers at the moment", said the dread-locked flanker.

The tournament's only unbeaten teams clash in a fortnight with Jones recalling the claim made by Gatland while England were reeling from a five-Test losing run that Wales and their old foes are "poles apart".

"He's been at the top of the tree in European rugby for the last 15 years, through his club and country and the (British and Irish) Lions", the Australian added.

But Braam Steyn's try gave the home side hope and they dug deep to make it a proper contest, capitalising on the visitors' errors. "There's also a defeatist attitude for a lot of these young guys when they come in - 'So-and-so's at my club, I'm not going to play, therefore I'm not going to train as hard, what's the point?'" 'Hopefully we'll go under the radar.

France's decision to put two centers on the wings, and a wing at fullback, was ruthlessly exposed as three of England's four tries in the first half came from expertly weighted kicks in behind the defense, where no blue jerseys were anywhere near.

A second said: "Jonny May take a bow".

"If you want to be one of the best teams in the world then you have to be relentless".

Jones had voiced his fears over France using a variety of tricks to slow the tempo of the game and placed the onus on Nigel Owens to act against any scheming, but the matter was taken out of the Welsh official's hands by England's devastating precision. "He does that pretty well".

But first Eddie Jones' side had to see out the second half against France.

"I am just doing my job".

Les Bleus are enduring a turbulent period under the guidance of current head coach Jacques Brunel, who has lost the faith of his players who are reportedly plotting a revolt against him following an extremely poor run of results.

And the half ended with outside centre Henry Slade crossing for England's fourth try to leave them in complete command at 30-8.

Kelly Smith, Hannah Botterman and Cath O'Donnell also got on the scoresheet for England to leave them full of confidence ahead of their meeting with Wales in Cardiff on February 24. "The conditions (in Japan) will not be the same".

France had nothing to show for themselves one week after throwing away a 16-0 halftime lead against Wales in a 24-19 opening defeat.

"You are not always brilliant, and we weren't today".

"It's very painful when they score try after try", France captain Guilhem Guirado said. "Tonight is a lesson, but still, it hurts a lot compared to last week".

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