“We certainly do not panic. These are small adjustments’: Wales coach Wayne Pivac insists on patience after the defeat of Ireland
- Wayne Pivac believes that Wales should not panic after losing Six Nations to Ireland
- The Wales coach insists that only minor adjustments are needed for improvements
- Due to a series of errors, the Irish were soon able to prevail in the collision
- France and former coach Shaun Edwards will visit Cardiff in two weeks
Wayne Pivac called for patience after he lost his first match in Wales and said that no major operation would be needed to breathe new life into their Six Nations challenge.
In a catalog of disastrous errors, the Grand Slam champion defeated for the first time in the championship since 2018.
Nick Tompkins missed a major tackle for Jordan Larmour’s attempt, Tomos Williams dropped a ball on his own line that led to Tadhg Furlong’s score, Ken Owens missed an important line-out that eventually enabled Josh van der Flier to tripping over in a maul and George North fired a flyout before Andrew Conway finished Ireland’s fourth late.
Wayne Pivac called for patience and calm after losing his first game in Wales on Saturday
North’s non-performance was particularly alarming, but Pivac wanted to bypass his out-of-the-way winger.
“You look more at the inaccurate pass,” he said of North’s clanger late.
“He is thinking of going one-on-one late in the game to try to try the length of the field. When you take a pass on your shoulder behind you, this is probably not the best pass.
“We won’t blame George for that.
Nick Tompkins (right) missed a tackle against the Irish for the attempt by Jordan Larmour (not shown)
“We certainly do not panic. I think they are small adjustments. We are clearly frustrated with our performance – we now have a few weeks to think about it so that we get a lot better.
“It is the beginning of a new era in many ways. We play two games and are clearly disappointed because the players know that we are much better than that.
“It’s a competition, nobody won it, it’s not won after two rounds, so we have to make sure that we keep improving and against France we have a very good performance and we return to winning ways.” Williams and the always excellent Justin Tipuric scored attempts for Wales who believe that they are by no means ready in this competition, with France, England and Scotland in the making.
Asked if he thought the champions could still win their title, flanker Tipuric said: ‘Yes of course, especially this year because there are so many good teams and everyone can turn someone over on a certain day.
“It’s a long tournament. We won’t win the Grand Slam, but we still have a chance to win it.
‘They are simple things – speed of breaking down, passing and catching the ball, and it’s a long tournament. Everything can happen from now until the end.
Wales was left in disappointment after leaving Dublin empty-handed
“We are still in it and need to learn from this game and keep getting better.” The last time Wales admitted four attempts or more and lost 10 points in a meaningful test was the last time they traveled to Dublin – lost 37-27 two years ago.
With France and former coach Shaun Edwards coming to Cardiff in fourteen days, Pivac knows his new side needs to improve.
“We said you need to be more precise with the ball, build more pressure, and to do that, you build phases and don’t turn the ball after one or two,” he added.
‘We have to be much more accurate in what we do with the ball.
“I was impressed by the performance of France against England. They played very well with the ball in the first half and then defended very well in the second half. It was a great start for them. ”
In any case, there is time for Josh Adams, who sustained a hip injury, and Dan Biggar, who had not passed an assessment of head injury, to recover for that match.