Davies admits Wales' 'standards slipped' in win against Canada

Wales centre Jonathan Davies admits their ‘standards slipped in the second-half’ during hammering of Canada and Wayne Pivac’s side ‘have a lot to work on’… after match was overshadowed by serious knee injury to Leigh Halfpenny

  • Wales thrashed Canada in Cardiff on Saturday in a comfortable afternoon’s work
  • But the game was marred by an injury to Leigh Halfpenny on his 100th cap 
  • Captain for the day Jonathan Davies says there is room for improvement 
  • Wayne Pivac’s team play Argentina at the Principality Stadium this Saturday 

Jonathan Davies lost his most experienced team-mate and close friend Leigh Halfpenny to what is expected to be a long spell on the sidelines, but told his team to brush that off for Argentina. 

Halfpenny made his 100th Test appearance in Wales’ 68-12 hammering of Canada although his afternoon lasted just 30 seconds as his knee gave way when he ran the ball back.

The 32-year-old suffered an anterior cruciate knee ligament (ACL) injury to his right knee in 2015 which forced him to miss that year’s World Cup.

Jonathan Davies believes the standards of Wales’ display slipped against Canada on Saturday

Halfpenny is set for a scan on Monday to determine the severity of his latest problem which is to his left knee. The worst-case scenario is another ACL problem and a year out of action.

With 12 of Wales’ best players unavailable for their summer Tests due to British & Irish Lions call-ups and injury, captain Davies and Halfpenny are even more important than usual.

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac is set to replace Halfpenny against Argentina on Saturday with Jonah Holmes who switched from wing to full-back in the Canada game.

Leigh Halfpenny suffered an injury early on and is set for a long spell on the sidelines 

Bristol’s Ioan Lloyd and Hallam Amos of Cardiff are also options.

‘I thought in the first half against Canada we stuck to our processes and got our rewards, but in the second our standards slipped,’ said Davies, whose fine career has run alongside Halfpenny’s.

‘We played with a good tempo but there is lots to work on going into Argentina. Our discipline and speed to the breakdown needs to improve.’

Pivac added: ‘We’ll need to step it up across our whole game. The Canada game highlighted a few things for us that we’ll go away and work on. We’ll be tested across the board because it’s obviously a step up from a tier two to a tier one nation.’

Lock Will Rowlands was one of ten Welsh try scorers, while Canada scored twice in the match

Wales crossed for 10 tries against Canada with Tomos Williams, Holmes and debutant Taine Basham all scoring twice. Basham was one of five new Welsh caps.

Argentina beat New Zealand and drew with Australia twice last year so will be a significant step up. Lock Ben Carter, 20, was man of the match against Canada on debut.

‘I didn’t expect to be here so everything is a bonus. It was a good start, but there is lots to work on going into Argentina,’ he said.

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