Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ireland 17 France 20

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ireland 17 France 20

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Wales coach Gareth Jenkins has pleaded with Welsh fans to keep the faith despite his side suffering back-to-back Six Nation defeats by Scotland and Ireland.

In nearly three hours of rugby, Wales have failed to score a try in the 21-9 and 19-9 reverses to the Scots and the Irish with France to follow in Paris on Saturday week.

It leaves Jenkins clinging on to a relatively-modest record as Welsh coach since taking over at the end of last season ( but he remains committed to the cause.

"I understand the frustration and nobody understands that more than me," he insisted.

"But it's not all about a quick fix. It's about time and investment. It's about growing and developing ( that's all I can control are those factors. I have to live with the scrutiny of being Welsh coach. I am accountable and I'm here to make it clear what we intend to do about it."

Scotland centre Rob Dewey admitted it was "win or bust" for Frank Hadden's men.

Despite both sides suggesting in the build-up that they intended to play an open game it turned out ( perhaps in part due to the conditions ( to be a turgid, try-less affair. …

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