‘North not at his best against Scotland’ – Edwards

Date published: March 7 2017

Wales winger George North was not at his best in their Six Nations defeat against Scotland at Murrayfield last month.

That is the word from his country’s defence coach, Shaun Edwards, who said he expects the Northampton Saints flyer to return to form when Wales host Ireland in Cardiff on Friday.

“I think that George North had a very good game against Italy (Wales’ opening Six Nations opponents last month) in very, very difficult circumstances,” Edwards told Sporting Life.

“He got a really bad bang on his leg and toughed it out well.

“Yes, he wasn’t at his best against Scotland, but I think great players, who have done great things for you in the past, sometimes deserve a warning. If he is selected, I expect George to be certainly on his mettle.”

When asked if Wales’ defensive errors in that 29-13 defeat against Scotland were team or individual issues, Edwards replied: “They were individual mistakes because they (players) didn’t do what they practised in the build-up to the game.

“They decided to do what they wanted and not what the rest of their team-mates expected them to do.

“When it comes to conceding tries, we’ve conceded tries on our edge, usually our right edge, and one on the left side (against Scotland).”