Jenks Is Baffled by Criticism after Win over France; but Coach Agrees Wales Have to Be More Clinical

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Jenks Is Baffled by Criticism after Win over France; but Coach Agrees Wales Have to Be More Clinical


Byline: RUGBY UNION: 6 NATIONS By ANDREW BALDOCK

NEIL JENKINS has described criticism that Wales received after posting a fifth successive Six Nations victory over France as "baffling".

Wales' 19-10 triumph in Cardiff last Friday means they are two wins away from being crowned European champions for a fourth time during the reign of head coach Warren Gatland.

Their current level of success against France, meanwhile, was last witnessed during the 1950s, when they won six Tests in a row.

Wales assistant coach and skills specialist Jenkins readily accepts that the Six Nations title contenders need to be "way more clinical" in attack following a Principality Stadium triumph that saw clear try-scoring opportunities wasted, especially during the first half.

But a subsequent media onslaught - much of it from former players - produced a bout of collective head-scratching in the Wales camp as preparations began to be formulated for next week's Twickenham showdown against unbeaten title rivals and current championship leaders England. "It was a funny feeling after the game, when you hear some of the stuff going on," said former Wales fly-half Jenkins, the country's record Test points-scorer.

RBS SIX NATIONS P England 3 WALES 3 France 3 Scotland 3 Ireland 3 Italy 3 "I am a bit lost by it all, really. I have heard a few comments, but it was five times on the bounce against France.

"I played against France on many occasions, and if you managed to win once against them it was a pretty good achievement. "But to win five - two in Paris and three in Cardiff - that says it all for me. …

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