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Wales fine-tuning for France

Alun Wyn Jones, assisted by Justin Tipuric, takes on the French defence in Paris last year.

Wales fine-tuning for France

After two rounds of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations Wales head coach Wayne Pivac says his team will spend the tournament’s down week fine-tuning their skills for France.

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In their first two matches Wales have beaten Italy 42-0 in Cardiff to record a bonus-point win and suffered a 24-14 defeat by Ireland at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

Pivac admits his team will have to improve from their trip over the Irish Sea but is determined to help them do so. France are Wales’ next opponents in Cardiff on February 22.

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“We certainly don’t panic. It’s minor tweaks. We are obviously frustrated, but we have a couple of weeks now to reflect and we’ve got plenty to learn,” said Pivac.

“We need to work hard on different aspects to play the way we want to.

“We definitely have to be patient. It’s the start of a new era in a lot of ways. We are two games in and are obviously disappointed as the players know we are a lot better than the Ireland performance.

“But no one has won the competition after two rounds. It is going to be very tight this year so we need to make sure we keep improving so we get back to winning ways against France.”

In Ireland, Wales scored tries in either half through scrum-half Tomos Williams and flanker Justin Tipuric with Dan Biggar and Leigh Halfpenny adding a conversion apiece.

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Williams’ try was exactly the sort of rugby Pivac wants to bring to Wales with Biggar and captain Alun Wyn Jones linking up superbly in attack to find Williams who scored.

Building more scores like that and cutting out the errors which came against Ireland is the challenge for Wales with no game to focus on this weekend.

“We won’t win the Grand Slam, but we’re still in with a chance of winning the tournament and we have to learn from this game and get better and better,” said Tipuric.

“There are simple things to fix. There has been a bit of noise coming from France, particularly with the new coaches there and the up-and-coming players they have.

“They’ve got a bright future – we know it’s going to be a tough game.”

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