Friday, 13 February 2009

England fans anxious prior to tough Welsh test

If Wales manage to overcome the challenge posed by a less than convincing England side tomorrow, they will be able to boast a record-equaling eighth consecutive Six Nations match victory. England fans will, of course, be hoping that this doesn't happen but the current signs don't look particularly positive.

The national team's forwards coach, John Wells, has attempted to ease the worries of anxious England fans by stating that if the team can take "the things" they are currently doing in training to the Millennium Stadium, they will be able to give Wales a "bloody good game". Ominously for England fans who are already biting their fingernails in anticipation of Joe Worsley's return, Wells continued to state (somewhat desperately) that "if we're still in it at the end, we'll win it".

The England players will hope that the management team has, behind closed doors, developed a slightly more technical and precise game plan for the match, especially given the recent form of the Welsh side. England eventually managed to overcome the Italians in their opening match of the Six Nations campaign but this Welsh side will pose very different problems for the team.

The Welsh team has an additional incentive to be victorious in tomorrow's match, given that a win would see them recording a hat-trick of Six Nations victories over their English rivals for the first time in their history and the prospect of entering the match as firm favourites has not become a daunting factor for star players including flanker, Martyn Williams.

Williams has been quoted as saying that although being favourites is a little "strange" to him personally, many of "the younger boys have had a lot of success and are wondering what all the fuss is about". The flanker is still hungry for more success, particularly since many of the experienced players remember the "bad times" and do not wish to see a return to those days.

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