England is under a lot of pressure in the Six Nations against Wales, but the Red Rose will deliver, says Jason Robinson.
England rugby great Jason Robinson analyzes the Red Rose’s crucial Six Nations match against Wales.
Today, England is under a lot of strain. If they lose to Wales in Cardiff, their Six Nations campaign is over.
Eddie Jones has showed a lot of faith in the players he trusts, but if that happens, he may have to make changes for the rest of the season, so many of them are competing for their spots. Out-of-form players can only be supported for so long by a coach.
We haven’t seen the best of England just yet. Although the victory over Italy was an improvement over the loss to Scotland, it was still only Italy. Wales is a significant step forward.
If England is to win this match, they must put all aspects of their game together. It’s time for them to put up a show.
Before the championship, I didn’t think much of Wales, but Lady Luck has been on their side with red cards in their first two matches, and they’ve taken advantage of it and found a way to win.
They’ve gained confidence and momentum. When I look at the players on the Wales team, I see a line-up that is quite similar to England’s.
Although conventional opinion holds that an empty Principality Stadium in Cardiff will aid England, it may instead benefit Wales’ inexperienced players such as Louis Rees-Zammit and Kieran Hardy.
A rookie player can be thrown off by the strain that a large crowd – even one that is cheering you on – generates.
The guy of the moment is Rees-Zammit. So far, he’s been one of the Six Nations’ biggest stars. His fight with Jonny May will be exciting and fast-paced.
The Wales back three of Louis Rees-Zammit, Josh Adams, and Liam Williams are dangerous, and England will have to be at their best to keep them at bay.
They’ll try to take England on wide and will back themselves, but if England can control them and impose themselves, they’ll be fine.
I just have a feeling England will come through today and win what is essentially a must-win game for them.
Emotions will be running high for this one in either case. Even in my living room, there is a strong rivalry. My wife is Welsh, and I must confess. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”