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Gareth Wyatt Insists Wales Can Recover Quickly To Beat Ireland

Wales Women backs coach Gareth Wyatt insists his team will fix their problems in time for this weekend’s round two Six Nations trip to Ireland.

Wales were beaten 19-15 by Italy at Cardiff Arms last weekend, where centre Hannah Jones and hooker Kelsey Jones both scored tries and fly-half Robyn Wilkins kicked a conversion and a penalty.

Italy came back to edge the encounter and scored three tries in the process through Melissa Bettoni, Sofia Stefan and Maria Magatti.

“We played some excellent rugby at times and there were glimpses of our attack. We just need to produce it more frequently,” said Wyatt.

“We built throughout the autumn and we are looking to take that forward now. There will be a lot of lessons from this and it’s important now that we learn them and take that into the Ireland game which is going to be equally as tough.

“We just need to be more accurate with the ball. There were difficult conditions with the wind and I think, to be honest, Italy managed that better than us. We need to look at how to transition out of our half and into the opposition’s.

“But there is a great buzz around the game in Wales at the moment and we’ve got a lot of new players in the squad.

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Ireland began their campaign with an 18-14 victory over Scotland in Dublin and looking ahead to Sunday’s match against the Irish at Donnybrook, Wales captain Siwan Lillicrap said: “There’s nothing that can’t be fixed.

“We’ll learn more from that performance and the match situation than all the training you can do.

“Credit to Italy, they’re a great side, but I’m also proud of our players. We played for each other throughout the match and you can’t ask for more.

“We know we’re capable of more and so we’re excited to take to the training field this week and put things right against Ireland on Sunday.

“There’s more to come from this side and we hope the Welsh public stick behind us on our journey.

“There was a fantastic atmosphere and crowd behind us on Sunday. It was a quality match and we hope people enjoyed the day and will come back for our other two home games against France and Scotland.

“Sisters in Arms is our slogan and it really does feel like we’re a family on the pitch and off it.”


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