Wales will bounce back – Edwards

Date published: August 9 2015

Wales will bounce back from their World Cup warm-up loss to Ireland when the teams meet again in Dublin later this month.

That was the word from Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards who is confident his team will deliver a more competitive display against the Six Nations champions.

Ireland outscored their hosts by five tries to three as they cruised to a 35-21 victory iat the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. The two teams face each other again at the Aviva Stadium on August 29.

"We were never planning to peak on 8 August in a rugby sense," said Edwards.

"It probably would have been a little bit different if we had played a more experienced team.

"Come the return fixture, we would like to think we will be a lot more competitive."

Wales' World Cup preparations have focused mostly on fitness and they had training camps in Switzerland and Qatar in recent months 

They only started training with the ball in the build-up to the Cardiff Test and Edwards acknowledged that it played a role in their loss.

"We only really had one week's rugby training before the game and in the first half it probably showed," he added.

"Hopefully, building up to the World Cup, we will have more rugby sessions over the next few weeks."