Set-piece isn’t worrying Wales

Date published: September 30 2015

Despite being frequently penalised at the set-piece against England, forwards coach Robin McBryde believes Wales are heading in the right direction.

England prop Joe Marler's technique at the scrum drew criticism from many watching last Saturday's clash at Twickenham, putting Wales on the back foot, but they rallied for a dramatic victory.

"I am happy with how we are operating. I think against England it was a mixture of interpretation and mistakes we might have made," he revealed.

"There are certain things we still need to work on, but I am buoyed by the fact that we are going in right direction."

"A couple of calls went against us but the feedback we’ve had is positive. Fiji had a couple of tough calls against England as well, so hopefully tomorrow will be a fair contest."

Focusing on Thursday's opponents, Fiji, McBryde had taken on board the physicality they showed in losses to England and Australia in their opening two games.

“We have tried to strike a balance with regards to how much work we have put in between the two games. They are a very physical team and have shown their strengths in terms of the set piece," said McBryde.

"They had some unlucky calls against England at scrum time and are a side capable of driving their lineout. They also have some pretty strong runners."

"It's going to be physical and they are going for their first victory in the tournament, so they won't hold anything back."

"It's their last chance of gaining a big scalp in the pool stages and we are well aware of the threat they possess."