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05/03/2017

Ross Harries is joined by Phil Davies and Ian Gough for a look back at the latest Pro12 action as well as a preview of Wales v Ireland in the Six Nations.


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The Ospreys continued to fly the flag for Wales and if Friday night

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was an audition for Sam Davies, he didn't do too badly. Possibly Mr

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Howley watching that. I just want to get back into camp and get on with

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the. The Scarlets in doubling following last week's Munster

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mission, could they pull off another shock on the road? -- in Dublin.

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Webb and Baldwin coaching Bridgend this week but both have Ireland on

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their minds. We know we are fine margins away from being a

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world-class team and we have unbelievable talent in the squad.

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Everyone is looking to forward -- forward to it and it couldn't come

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quick enough. Good evening and welcome to Scrum V. Tonight we will

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look at Round 17 of the Pro12 before heading to the big one, Wales

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against Ireland. We are in the company of Ian Gough and Phil Davies

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but we begin tonight with the Pro12, and the Ospreys away trip to

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Edinburgh. COMMENTATOR: Just sizing each other

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up and looking for mistakes. It doesn't take anything out of the

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Edinburgh defence, they are still lively, double tackling. They

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haven't had a lot of possession yet. James King set up the initial one,

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Nicky Smith gets support to get the ball back from Habberfield --

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Habberfield to Sam Davies, lovely dummy, straight through, superbly

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done, Josh Matavesi underneath the posts, the magic of Sam Davies at

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his very best. That's what the lad can do. He takes it so flat to the

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line. You have to watch everything around him. Gustafson finds his man

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Big kick, this one, for Sam Davies. Big kick for the Ospreys, for their

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whole season. They need the breathing space of three points, and

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it has been provided by Sam Davies. On the Ospreys 22, fouls, Du Preez,

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the defence has been superb all evening but they need now to call on

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every sap of strength they have, and they have done, it is turned over

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from Appia, they just need the ball off the park and managed to do so,

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and the Ospreys have held on, it has been a titanic effort in the rain.

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The boys were pretty battered, some real tough games over the last

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period, five-day turnaround and 27 boys missing but they battled hard.

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Defence, we looked in good control apart from one set, they were

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physically barred up. A man of the match performance, talk us through

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the magic that got you the tri-. A lot of credit has to go to the boys

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around me opening gaps up. A lot of options for me and luckily I picked

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the right one and then Josh Matavesi's unification was world

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class so I could get under the sticks. Hoping Mr Howley was

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watching that? I will just get back to camp and get on with it now. You

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think Rob Howley might have been watching? I am sure he was watching

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because he is watching his boys. Having people like Dan Biggar and

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Sam in the national camp is really exciting and I'm sure they will do

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well for Wales. A rare smile from Mr Tandy and the line from Sam Davies

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on the Wales question but the clamour is growing and he won that

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game per the Ospreys soap Rob Howley will be watching with interest. I am

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sure he will. Steve Tandy said, they are lucky to have fly-halves like

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him and Biggar. He understands the game and plays well through the

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hands and with the kicking game. Here, it is a great step and a

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greater awareness and a sleight of hand to put Matavesi over. Superb,

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great skill and step, Wirral the time, looking around, knows the

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support players, and that is a great finish. An extremely talented

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player. They are lucky to have both mark in the squad. They are but the

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chorus clamouring for his inclusion against Ireland is growing louder

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still after that display. Are you among them? It is like a symphony!

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Everybody is batting him in, he is the peoples favourite at the moment.

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I like the way he plays and what he does I can't see it happening, not

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for this game. But would you like it to happen? Potentially, I would like

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to Celia map full-back and ten because those are the best attackers

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we have at the moment but Dan is a fantastic player. Throw Sam in

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against Ireland with their pedigree, I would like to see it but we are

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going down again this week I think. I think Biggar to start and you can

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see of Sam comes on at the game and bolts, maybe the island defence will

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get tired and he can produce magic like that. That was the

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match-winning moment but you could argue the Ospreys defence one than

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that, they spent so much on the back foot, the stats showed they made

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twice as many tackles as Edinburgh, testament to the word Davies has

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been doing. It is amazing, the strength in

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depth. I noticed last week against Glasgow. It is being built on,

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fantastic defence. That wins you jumping chips, Iron Curtain like

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defence. They have the line in place, excellent integrity, they

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don't panic, they keep working hard against the inside shoulder, no

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backs for -- gaps for anybody coming through. They are organised with a

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simple policy, two first forwards on the far side then two nearside

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forwards, get the line in place and off they go. Here, defensive

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resilience, Paul James is aware of what is happening. They are aware,

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around the ruck, they are physical when they need to be, Matavesi is

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taken out, Underhill is aware what is going on, Baker is being a

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nuisance, giving it plenty of physicality again. Again, James they

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know, Gustafson coming round, not panicking, just making the tackles,

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and they are difficult to break down. Fantastic mentality and credit

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to the coaches. All part of the Ospreys culture. They are in pole

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position for a home semifinal with five rounds to go. We can see the

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remaining fixtures, tough ones among them but eminently winnable for this

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squad. As we mentioned on Friday, to win this championship you have to

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get a home semifinal. I don't think the stats have proven that. Very

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rarely, I don't think anyone has won an away semifinal, but they have lit

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the league up to start with, with the bonus point victory is, they are

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superb, but games like that away from home in the rain, backs against

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the wall, hardly any ball in the second half, the defence was

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phenomenal. A moment of brilliance in the first half but their

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defensive effort was superb and that's what wins you leagues and

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gets you into those spaces to get you into pole position. They did it

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and have to be chuffed with what they achieved. Thanks. It has been

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an incredibly emotional week for Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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Last week they had to say goodbye to one of their own after Ellie nor kit

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was killed in a car crash. On Friday night they took on Loughborough in

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the British universities cup quarterfinal and dedicated that game

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to their former team-mate. On an occasion as charged as this

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emotions would always come flooding to the surface. It may be as

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quarterfinal but Friday night was all about honouring LE. Her two

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duties, 12 and 14, were laid on the halfway line before kick-off, and

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each team-mate Leda Rose on top as tribute. I will remember her with

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positivity, the energy was infectious from her, wherever she

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was, training, she would bounce in and be keen to get stuck in. She was

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a talented athlete and a powerful runner. She was an integral ball

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part of this side and had already do play that two cup finals. Not only

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that but she had five international caps, being the youngest player at

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the 2014 World Cup when she made her senior Wales debut. Friday night's

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game was originally scheduled for last Wednesday and postponed

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following her death, and it was moved from the University 's ground

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to Cardiff Arms Park. Despite the tragedy her team-mates were

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desperate to return to the field and do their friend proud. The players

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were absolutely sure about playing tonight, they wanted to play. We

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spoke to her family and they were keen that they would play, everybody

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wanted to express their feelings they had for Ellie, a fantastic

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student not just in her sport but her academic studies. On the night

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Cardiff Metropolitan couldn't have paid her a better tribute, beating

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Loughborough 84-0 to claim a place in the semifinals, a positive way to

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end and incredibly sad week. Congratulations to Cardiff

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Metropolitan University for honouring their team-mate the way

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they did and as a special team-mate they have -- tribute they have

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decided to retire her jerseys, 12 and 14, till the end of the season.

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Moving back to the Pro12, the Scarlets hope they could continue

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their heroic win with another win on Irish soil. Could they do it? --

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their heroic win against Munster. COMMENTATOR: Strong scrum from

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Leinster, they have already had a penalty. McGrath, and there is no

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one in front of him, can he get it down? Yes, you can, and the

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scrum-half opens the scoring for Leinster.

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Evans out to Jones, being charged down, a chance for Leinster and star

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man Luke McGrath. The interlinking between forwards and backs, a

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prominent feature. Now they have men out wide, it huge pass, not taken by

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Tom Williams. There was no one in front of the winger. On goes Leavy.

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Head down, tries to borrow his way through McGrath. There are so many

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runners and the try had to come in the end.

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Jones, deep pass, but puts his team under pressure, and this is a

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pick-up by McGrath. Tackle to save a try by Williams but recycled, and

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their men out there floating out, and another try, and it is Carbery

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who scores the try that could very well so this one up for Leinster.

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Cross kick from Byrne, who puts on the afterburners, dragged short, but

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Carbery is going to go over for the double.

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McGrath has really been the star of the show, another cross kick for

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burn to chase and the same result, burn going all the way, jinking past

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one and exactly the same result. Out in midfield, there are gaps

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appearing, and it is Leavy trying to get that pass back inside, McFadden

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in there, bridging, Gibson, Park, gets it out, Park goes himself, and

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the nightmare is complete. To many in the first half and it was hard

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work in the second. Certainly with the turnover they were scoring the

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other end. You have to give credit to the opposition, they were

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clinical, good side and just better than us possibly. The pressure

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perhaps increased on the Scarlets following that heavy defeat to

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Leinster. Ulster remain a point behind in fifth place but have a

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game in hand. They just failed to get the bonus point against Treviso

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themselves but the Scarlets still have destiny in their hands, those

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are their five remaining fixtures, they cannot afford more slip-ups and

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that last game against the Ospreys will be tasty. Could be critical.

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For a while it looked like it would be a tight, intense game between two

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top four sides but at some point Leinster cut themselves to the break

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and I guess that tells you all you need to know about the depth of

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their squads. Yes, 12-9 at half-time and you are thinking, they were not

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firing but they were well in this. But then, a couple of silly

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mistakes, handling errors, once the floodgates open, you give the team

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like that confidence and they show you what you can do. You have to

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stay in that arm wrestle and on the front foot and they lost their way.

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They have been going really well, and they had a decent run in to do

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damage but they couldn't cope then once that tide turned. And it did

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turn in dramatic circumstances. I know you have picked out one pivotal

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moment when things began to go awry. It was in the first half, 12-9 down

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and the pass to Tom Williams. Park had great vision and if it went to

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Tom's hands he would have been in but uncharacteristic others, Jones,

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normally taking that. Evans had a knock-on. It didn't allow them,

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kicking straightout didn't allow them to get a foothold in the game.

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As we have said they have been consistent Oblak, the Scarlets with

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good performances. This was the start of it here, poor kick from Dan

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Jones and a real cross kick, Leinster worked out the Scarlets

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defence had been tight, then burn picks it up, gets round the

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full-back and Carbery supports and over he goes. It was a disappointing

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night but I think Wayne Spivak will be disappointed, but the errors made

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are fixable and they will need to do that in the next fixtures to finish

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in the top four. Couple of weeks before the next game so time to

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write the wrongs. Onto Wales, in interesting week in the Wales camp

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this week. Most ex-players will tell you they would much prefer a game

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this weekend to right the wrongs of last week, but that hasn't been the

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case. Some will be keeping busy, web and Baldwin spending much of the

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week at Bridgend where both are paving the way for a future career

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in coaching. We are bang in the middle of the Six

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Nations on a wet night here. But he managed to sneak away for nights. We

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have had an intense week training but it is great to be back here now,

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just giving some advice. My first semiprofessional game was with

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Bridgend so I've always been down here. I know quite a lot of the

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coaches as well. Matt got me through my level one and level two. These

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guys are really bringing in a lot of the current detail and technical

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aspects of the game. It is a two-way street where we are learning from

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them in favour maths. So you have a bit more sympathy? Yes, at that more

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of the beaver dam. When you make those errors on the pitch you see it

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from a different point of view, which only makes you a better

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player. It has been really refreshing for me as I have had a

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lot. What is the atmosphere been like this week? Some pretty harsh

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words. For the last 40 minutes, errors crept into our game and the

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referee was against us. Next thing you know, Murrayfield crowd was on

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our backs. It also divided up than. The last three games, just basic

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errors have cost us. We need to finish the campaign on a high. Are

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you looking forward to our lives? Yes, we lost to Scotland's. A strong

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Irish team. We know we are a fine margin away from being a world-class

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team. We have unbelievable talent. The players need to back their own

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ability, have confidence and play smart. We know what Ireland can do,

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whether strength for. Everyone is looking forward to it. It couldn't

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come with enough. We know the quality they have. If we take those

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errors out of our game, we need to put in those performances that we

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are proud of. We owe that to the coaching staff. With the game plan,

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we have started to evolve. It is our execution of players. Once we know

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about, we will be in a good place. A strong team and strong play. That is

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a challenge you will be relishing. I don't really look at the scrum hours

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on a personal note. Things like that, I don't repay attention to. I

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do it's the best my ability, so things should be good. Phil Bennett

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last week said you have been... You allow yourself to think about it? I

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appreciate people talking about me. But I need to concentrate on each

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game as it comes. The next time we will see you, you will be in front

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of 70,000 in the principality. You lining up Conor Murray? Are you

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confident using do it? We go into every game. You play a Wells, you

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put the jersey on and play the game to win. There is no reason why we

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can't next Friday on the Dunagan performance. The players often get a

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bit of flak from spending all their downtime on the PlayStation. Only

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those boys have plans of the future. It is a great initiative, because as

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Matt Silver said both sides get the benefit. Absolutely. The players get

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the expertise of Scotland Greece weather. Recent Scots are getting

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the appreciation of the coaching process as well. In times that helps

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when they get back into the Wales cap. I think it's fantastic. Do they

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ever show any future signs of becoming future coaches? They came

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up... Scott went through Milan for a little while. West and some class

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nines in front of them as well. They really took the time and large the

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game, dead the hard way. Webb has come through some serious injuries

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as well. It is great to see them doing it because it gives them a bit

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of empathy with what they're doing. Webb is hot-headed that he is a

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tenacious character. To cool them down a bit and see him from a

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different perspective will help his game know when. The Ireland game is

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fast approaching. If we look at the table, while in fourth place. Five

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points adrift of Scotland, two games left. The championship is gone but

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there is still plenty of pride to play for. We talked about selection

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in terms of fly-half 's earlier. The see other talking points are the

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composition of the back row and the back three. Starting with the back

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three. What would your back three B? I would like to see Liam. That

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Halfpenny on the wing. I think you Williams has proved to be the best

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attack. He needs to be utilised in the best position. He can create

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more damage where he is. I think they will retain George North. I

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would like to retire -- see that when they do it. Phil Bennett said

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it is time for George North to be given a rest after Seth Evans to be

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given his chance. What do you think? Is a fair point. Set has been

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playing really well for the Scarlets. George is an international

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established player. He is slowly coming back to the form that we

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would all like to see him delivering on the field. But as Ian said, I

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think they will go with the tried and tested. Lee has been playing

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well on the wing. Lee is established at full-back. So you would keep them

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in full-back? I would. I think the battery will be what started the

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Scottish game. Back row? Probably more your expertise. To look

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developed out is back to full fitness. I guess the dilemma is

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whether you start him, and if you do does Moriarty move forward as he

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rocked the bench? Russia's been playing some fantastic rugby, but

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fixes is his normal position Gloucester. I would like to see

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Moriarty at six and one at seven. Then you have a real good balance of

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energy. Ball carrying, work over the ball in particular. August and I

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still believe is one of the best in the world are making decisions.

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Ireland's back row was one of their strengths so that will be fantastic

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contest. But that is harsh on to bridge too has done nothing wrong.

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Iron nothing wrong at all. But I can see, they always revert back to

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type. Gatlin does the same thing as well. He loves people in positions

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that he likes. I can see Moriarty may be being sacrificed. I think

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Toby will come in and is he will stick with Tipton and Warburton. We

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should be governed from Moriarty because I think he is superb. But I

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think that's the way it might go. You said Rhys Webb FA feisty

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character, so it's Colin Murray. Arguably the two best minds and the

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turn in so far. That is going to be one heck of a game. They're both

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electric. Every bit as good a threat that came from Wales came from

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where. He was electric. He is on the ball at the moment. He has had to

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partake over the years from injuries and has come back and super-quick

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time. Some of those injuries, nobody thought he could come back to play.

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But he has come back with than expected and Billy displays like

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that in. Long may he continue. He is a fantastic guy. All those extra

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sessions. The other massive matchup is bigger against Sexton. Fax

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intends to bring the best. Is in terms of that one, you have two of

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the most competitive players on the international stage. He will come

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out on top? It's downsides. Hopefully it will be done. They are

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both outstanding players. They're both technically good fly-half 's,

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good passers, good kickers. There is not a lot of error in the game. It

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is a fascinating contest. Both outstanding players and players in

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good form. If you look at Sexton last week, you could swear he had

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never been away. All takes place against the backdrop of world

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rankings. We know what happened last time when Wales dropped out of

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topics and ended up in the pool. They are in danger of doing the same

:25:15.:25:17.

again. It is almost certain to say that Wales will drop tonight if they

:25:18.:25:22.

lose their remaining two games. With that in mind, does Howley go purely

:25:23.:25:27.

bizarre preservation and pick teams to win these games will do you

:25:28.:25:31.

think, forget the world rankings, we have to evolve this style, like new

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players, that's just go broke? I think they have got to win the game.

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Rob rankings is a cognitive process that we are playing a team that is

:25:44.:25:47.

above us and if we beat them we get extra ranking points. That will be

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in Rob 's mind. We've already mentioned about the tried and tested

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and I think that's what will happen. I think Wales have played well in

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the championship. Lost a bid of accuracy but overall play some good

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rugby. Friday night for me is about winning and retaining that place in

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that top eights. We can't let it happen again. It would be

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disastrous. The pressure is on. As it is at that level anyway. We are

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creating chances. I know people are getting on the bandwagon. The

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chances against Scotland were clear-cut. The accuracy wasn't quite

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there, they weren't quite clinical enough. But the connotations, they

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are mind-boggling. If you beat these, what happens when we play

:26:35.:26:38.

France? I think the coach is that they will revert back to type. They

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are going to do what they think is tried and tested. If you want more

:26:43.:26:47.

Six Nations chance, make your way to our Facebook page and our website

:26:48.:26:52.

for the latest offering. As with the last one, keep your eyes peeled for

:26:53.:26:59.

a cheeky cameo. I have been expecting you. How can we help?

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Funny you should ask. My friend is Welsh. He has lost his mojo are they

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want to make him feel like a real man again. Mannequin? Man again

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although you do look like a mannequin. We're going to show him

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how it is done. Nice boys. The shark. Well worth a watch, I can

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guarantee. Right back to the Pro12 now. The Blues were hoping to follow

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up their narrow victory over Edinburgh last week with another, at

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the Arms Park. Marshall with the throw. Solid in the first half.

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Referee shouting breakaway, as you could hear there. And a bit of

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actors. Starting off the ASBOs convention. Didn't even deserve a

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Doctor Clyde 's cameo. It's going to be a penalty against red two.

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Throwing into the ball is not needed. That is just about perfect

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as well. The Blues retake the lead. Five tries already this season. Is

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that a close liner from hallow Hollow? The referee is playing

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advantage. Some use and as from the crowd on that one. It looks very bad

:28:52.:28:57.

there are so I'm hoping those cards the pocket. He is going to go to the

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BT. To see how bad that was. It wasn't releasing tension but he has

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missed times that. -- it wasn't really intentional. Gets his part

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in. He is well over the ten metre line. Williams. It is intercepted by

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Summerhill for the Cardiff Blues. This is going to be a runaway try

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for Summerhill! The monster attack broke down. Summerhill was in there.

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Like a good poacher. One from Academy. Into the... How easy is

:29:44.:29:47.

that? Monster keeping the ball alive. They

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have upped the intensity since the yellow card. Is that a try out of

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nothing for Andrew Conway? No try. That is Coco in again. Scannell back

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in the pockets of the drop goal. And it is there. Lloyd Williams. This

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will give Munster a chance to plant the flag. They have gone through the

:30:43.:30:46.

back row. Oliver going all the way to the post. The Blues court again.

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That defeats means the Blues slips to eight place on the table. Nine

:30:57.:30:58.

points adrift of the top six. If they do go on a run and displace

:30:59.:31:09.

Glasgow in the race for Europe, Glasgow would still qualify for the

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Champions Cup ahead of them. They would therefore use the Blues.

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Looking at the points it is unlikely but it is possible, and surely adds

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weight to the argument that it has to be top seven regardless of

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nationality. It has to be. It would be better to go on a run now, leave

:31:29.:31:33.

everything out there and still be told on a technicality, sorry, all

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the best, off you go! You would be gutted. The Blues have their destiny

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in their hands. They started the season so well and slipped up.

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Munster had five or six players released from Ireland to play last

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night. Hardly any were release for Cardiff. Is that a legitimate

:31:57.:32:01.

excuse? I think so. The extra edge you get from that. Second half,

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Munster played Munster rugby and close the game down on the Blues

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struggled to get out their own half. With that extra depth that would

:32:10.:32:14.

make a massive difference. Dacey and Cuthbert, the guys held back, you

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argue will not make the 23 for the game against Ireland so Wales would

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have lost none nothing. It would have given Cardiff more strength in

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depth, but going back to top seven places, the Champions Cup is

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supposed to be elite, so for me it doesn't make sense, in the top

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seven, you've got to. What about the argument that to make it

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pan-European you have to guarantee entry to other nations? I accept

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that but I have to go back to the argument that when you are looking

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at the Champions Cup it is an early competition and you should get the

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best teams in Europe -- and elite competition. Sometimes that doesn't

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happen. Ian touched on it, the Blues did contain the Munster Power game

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for 75 minutes, how frustrating were the last five when it unravelled? It

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will be but Munster are savvy team. They can pick weaknesses and they

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did towards the end of the game. The Blues defended to restrict League 2

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throughout but they were a bit looser times. Moving on to the

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Dragons, they suffered a mauling at the hands of Leinster last week so

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they were out to restore wounded pride when they took a trip north to

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Glasgow. COMMENTATOR: Pretorius off the back

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of the scrum, Howard crashing through, nearly gets there himself,

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can the Dragons that anything from here? A charge from the captain

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Evans inches close, Lambert next to arrive, Brace having a look at this

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and this will go to the TM O. Did the ball touch the line? His

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momentum is carrying him overran the ball touches the line. Correct. Big

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score for the Dragons, a 10-0 lead away from home.

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That is a very good line from Gregan, the centre, Powell taking it

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all the way over the line. Burgos, Grigg again, lovely sidestep, three

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more defenders to beat and another step over the line, his second try,

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Nick Grigg is on fire. They goes Rory Hughes coming in on the angle,

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he has beaten the first three defenders and his power taking him

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over the line, nothing Bridie could do about that. Burgos to Murchie,

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shot to nothing, advantage being played, and Tagive, no one is there

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to block the big man on his home debut, the Australian scores. Nice

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pass from Burgos, Murchie, and Lee Jones on his shoulder, and the

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Dragons are in disarray. The Warriors looking to attack from

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their own half, and there is Bennett, who has the pace to go all

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the way, and he scorches past Bridie, and Glasgow are romping home

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now. Full of endeavour and enterprise, Glasgow, and that is the

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reserve Thompson with support either side, goes inside to Peter Horne who

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has had a great game and capped it with a try, and Glasgow's seventh.

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Another mauling for the Dragons. Bit of confusion there, wayward pass.

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Morgan has pounced on this, nothing more than a consolation, but the

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Dragons will have the last word. Tough time for the Dragons, a

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century of points conceded in their last two games.

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Arguably the most telling stat of all, two games, one home, one away,

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century of points conceded. As a Gwent man and a former Dragon it

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must be depressing viewing for you. Yes, I remember the inception, when

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nobody rated us and we were superb in the last game of the season at

:36:26.:36:29.

Lansdowne Road and we had a bonus point against Leinster in the first

:36:30.:36:33.

25 minutes and were hunting for the league, and to see where they are

:36:34.:36:39.

now, they need a lifeline, impetus put in there, players, coaching

:36:40.:36:42.

back-up as well to help them, they have good young coaches like Jones

:36:43.:36:47.

and Connor, but they need assistance supporting them and to push the

:36:48.:36:53.

region through. We want them to be pushing for things and putting

:36:54.:36:56.

performances in, which they have done in the past, so we know they

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can. Moorefield developments this week, but first on the game itself,

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as we have seen often from the Dragons, early intent to play and a

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decent position after half an hour but it all unravelled spectacularly

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after that. They did. As we see here, there is intent to play, and

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here they get the ball through the hands, some great attacking play,

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Beard involved early on, kicking strategy, this one goes into the

:37:30.:37:34.

air, a decent chase coming in behind, and off they go. Nice

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off-load their, but then, just that final pass goes to deck. This is the

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Glasgow power with Alainu'uese, who is a big carrier, took its toll. As

:37:48.:37:52.

they evolve they struggled and drop tackles. Some powerful running by

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the winger and a score. As Ian said, it is the strength in depth that

:37:58.:38:01.

doesn't allow them to continue the intent to play for 80 minutes, when

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the empty the bench, they have young players with great enthusiasm, but

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they make a little too many errors towards the end of the game and are

:38:11.:38:15.

unable to maintain that consistency. They desperately need investment,

:38:16.:38:19.

coaching, support for the young coaches and also strength in depth

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from a player perspective. Experienced people who can gel the

:38:24.:38:27.

young fellows together and push the performances forward. We are seeing

:38:28.:38:31.

the many fixtures coming up, I spoke to Shaun Connor a week ago and asked

:38:32.:38:34.

him what the motivation was when you know you are out of the race for

:38:35.:38:38.

Europe and out of the league and he spoke about the importance of

:38:39.:38:41.

getting wins in the bag. Next season is more positive perhaps but can you

:38:42.:38:47.

see potential victories there? It will be tough. Every game will be

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tough for them. The confidence you get from that win then carrying it

:38:53.:38:56.

through next week, it leads on, but they are low on confidence at the

:38:57.:39:01.

moment. To start the game I was listening to it on the radio, 10-0

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up, I thought this could be the point they turned the season, then

:39:08.:39:11.

it all capitulated and fell through. They need that belief to carry it

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through, couple of wins then get some back up and get the squad

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going, then pushed through. They are in a tough position. On that point,

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we understand the WR takeover is imminent, whether with private

:39:31.:39:33.

benefactors as well adding to the investment, what change will that

:39:34.:39:36.

bring out what needs to happen? Hopefully it will give strength in

:39:37.:39:40.

depth as we mentioned. Coaching expertise could come in, an

:39:41.:39:44.

opportunity with private investment for extra players to come in and add

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depth to the squad, so they at least have 27 or 28 players who can play

:39:49.:39:54.

comfortably at Pro12 level and bring the youngsters through. Gwent is an

:39:55.:40:00.

unbelievable rugby region with 70 Rugby clubs and great history and

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tradition but the union will hopefully come in and the direction

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welcome and extra investment on and off the field to drive it forward.

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Hopefully news sooner rather than later on that point. Moving onto the

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national cup, quarterfinals day on Saturday with tasty fixtures among

:40:20.:40:21.

them. Katrin Halep has the round-up. Holders Llandovery are out of the

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competition after losing to our GC. There was plenty to keep the crowd

:40:34.:40:42.

entertained, 11 tries in all. Despite leading 34-22, our GC had to

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rely on a late Worthington try to secure the victory. Rob Nash

:40:47.:40:53.

couldn't inspire championship leaders Pontypool two victory over

:40:54.:40:58.

the club he captained to cup glory in 2012. A moment of inspiration

:40:59.:41:04.

with number eight Jones setting up Trowbridge with Cross Keys's second

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two tries. Not a pretty fair as both Ebbw Vale and Merthyr were reduced

:41:13.:41:16.

to 14 men before the first points of the game. The only try from an

:41:17.:41:21.

unlikely source, Trevett bundling over, the iron safely through to the

:41:22.:41:27.

last four. Pontypridd complete the semifinal line-up after an away

:41:28.:41:32.

victory at last week's losing finalists Carmarthen Quins. Three

:41:33.:41:35.

first-half tries one than the game, Williams with the pick of the bunch.

:41:36.:41:40.

A late rally and a penalty try for the home side couldn't prevent the

:41:41.:41:44.

2014 winners from being a step closer to the final at the

:41:45.:41:46.

Principality Stadium next month. So, congratulations to the winners

:41:47.:41:55.

in that. That would have been sweet for Mark Jones that our GC, knocking

:41:56.:41:59.

his old club and holders Llandovery out of the cup. Tier one of the

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Premiership, in the semifinals, on for the double, aren't they? They

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have a chance, they put themselves in the position. There is such an

:42:13.:42:15.

enthusiastic bunch of people there and they work so hard, it is great

:42:16.:42:20.

to see and well done to the players, coaches and the supporters behind

:42:21.:42:24.

them. We heard your selection decisions for Wales against Ireland,

:42:25.:42:30.

what is your prediction, Ian? 21-19 to Wales. Two years ago I saw the

:42:31.:42:34.

defensive effort they put him and was sat behind the line where they

:42:35.:42:38.

absorbed and fought back. I think they can do it. Webb, he just wants

:42:39.:42:43.

to prove himself. They just want to prove themselves, get on the field

:42:44.:42:47.

as quickly as you can, the extra week must be killing them and they

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want to put it right. Loving the possibility -- positivity, Phil,

:42:52.:42:56.

will you back him up? Absolutely, close game on the night, obviously,

:42:57.:42:59.

but our emotional ability to get better and win will be there.

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Kalandia and say yes, the bookies say Ireland but they are wrong

:43:05.:43:08.

sometimes! That's it from Scrum V Sunday, we will see you in a week's

:43:09.:43:10.

time. Good night. Phillips is away. He is going to

:43:11.:43:36.

score. Jonathan Davies, has two B, Jamie Roberts and Leigh Halfpenny,

:43:37.:43:44.

Leigh Halfpenny scores! We have had an absolute thriller. Wales can

:43:45.:43:46.

celebrate. How well do you know

:43:47.:44:00.

your Six Nations? OK, then.

:44:01.:44:03.

Fingers on the keypads, everybody. Who's made most appearances in

:44:04.:44:06.

the Six Nations in an England shirt. Scott Gibbs scored our

:44:07.:44:10.

last ever Five Nations try. Who scored our

:44:11.:44:13.

first ever Six Nations try? 2011 was the first time

:44:14.:44:16.

an Italian player has been named Player of the Tournament.

:44:17.:44:20.

Who was it?

:44:21.:44:23.

Pro12 action and analysis, and we preview Friday's Six Nations clash against Ireland.

Ross Harries is joined by Phil Davies and Ian Gough.