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Howley has our support - Roberts

05th February 2013 11:16


Jamie Roberts hands on head

Backing: Jamie Roberts

Wales centre Jamie Roberts has backed interim head coach Rob Howley to success after last weekend's defeat to Ireland.

Wales were miles off the pace early on in Cardiff, before a resurgence led to them scoring three tries and forcing Ireland to defend for the remainder of the second half.

Defeat however saw Wales lose their eighth consecutive match under Howley's tenure, but Roberts has stated that the players are fully behind their coach.

"We are 100 per cent behind Rob Howley, without a doubt," said Roberts to Wales Online.

"In comparisons with the standards we have set as a team, that first half-hour was very disappointing and it cost us the game. It is one of the worst Wales performances I have ever been involved in.

"Pundits are always going to say negative things but the important thing is we stay tight as a group. Saturday night hurt. I could see it on the faces of all the boys.

"The fact is, if we defended better in the first 20 minutes we would have won the match. But we were 20 points down before we touched the ball.

"It is hugely frustrating because we all know the structure is there for us to win rugby games but we made the wrong decisions on the ball against Ireland.

"We all know that where there are chances to score tries there are chances to win games and we know we can cause France problems on Saturday."

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