Williams backing North to find tryline

Date published: February 10 2016

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Welsh legend Shane Williams believes George North will return to his finishing best sooner rather than later.

North has scored just five tries in his last 16 appearances for Wales since June 2014 – and none in the last five tests – prompting critics to question his form.

However, Williams is confident that the 23-year-old's form has not dropped and this is just a dry spell in terms of tries, which happens to wingers every once in awhile. 

"It happens to every player…he has got to work hard for it," the 87 test veteran told the BBC.

"He has not become a poor player. I have been there myself and we probably have not seen the best of George yet anyway.

"Sometimes you do get frustrated but it is a sign of a player, how he overcomes that and continues to chip at it."

Williams also offered his opinion on Dan Biggar's replacement at number ten, Rhys Priestland, who impressed in the 16-all draw against Ireland on Saturday. 

"I thought he did well at the weekend and he kicked very well," continued Williams, who scored 58 tries for Wales during his career.

"There were a few mistakes like handling errors and he perhaps snatched at the drop goal when he had the opportunity but he stood up to the plate when the penalties were on offer.

"Rhys Priestland needs just a bit of confidence at international level."

Wales host Scotland at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday. 

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