‘They are playing against an Ireland side that seems to be peaking at the right time’: Eddie Jones turns up the pressure on Wales ahead of their do-or-die Six Nations clash in Cardiff
Eddie Jones has attempted to ramp up the pressure on Wales as they prepare to play for a Grand Slam in Cardiff – by suggesting that they are running out of steam at the crucial time.
Warren Gatland’s team beat Jones’s England at the Principality Stadium in round three of this Guinness Six Nations and face Ireland on Saturday knowing that victory will clinch a clean sweep in Gatland’s last year as their head coach.
But as he prepares for the Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland at Twickenham later on the same afternoon, Jones has suggested that Wales are weary and vulnerable against the reviving Irish.
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Eddie Jones thinks his England team must be at their best to have a chance of beating Scotland
‘It’s a fascinating close to the tournament,’ he said.
‘You have three teams who can win it. Wales are a very good team. They are very well coached, great credit to them for what they have done – but they are starting to look a bit tired.
‘They have made more tackles than anyone else in the tournament and they are playing against an Ireland side that seems to be peaking at the right time.
‘You look at guys like Conor Murray, Sexton, Ringrose, O’Mahoney, guys that weren’t in great form at the start of the tournament are now starting to come to the fore. I am sure the crowd will help Wales overcome that tiredness but its going to be a great game.’
Jones also insisted his team must be at their best to have any chance of beating Scotland and potentially win the title themselves.
The Australian knows that beating Gregor Townsend’s side will be a tough ask in itself and warned his best players that only their best will do.
England posted a video on Instagram on Thursday morning of their back row stars in the gym
Each player was attached to a resistance rope held by a coach to help them work on power
The forwards were filmed smashing into mannequins and holding onto the ball during the drill
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He added: ‘It will be a fascinating finish to the championship with three teams that can win it and we are playing against one of our most traditional foes in Scotland for the Calcutta Cup.
‘We have had a good preparation and the side is going to be in a great state to play against Scotland on Saturday.
‘Scotland is a difficult side, they are always at you, they play with a lot of enthusiasm and effort and have got a lot of attacking strings to their bow.
‘Finn Russell is an exceptional player at 10 and they have got some pace on the outside so we are going to have to defend really well against them.’
England posted a video on Instagram on Thursday morning of their back row stars crashing into rucks during during.
The forwards were filmed smashing into mannequins and holding onto the ball as they were put under pressure from team-mates with tackle pads.
Each player was attached to a resistance rope held by a coach to help them work on their explosive power during the drill.
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