Gordon D’Arcy Says Wales Are ‘Fragile’ Ahead Of Six Nations Clash With Ireland
Former Ireland and Leinster centre Gordon D’Arcy says Wales are fragile ahead of their Six Nations clash with Ireland.
The former professional, turned pundit believes Rob Howley’s men are in a struggle and Ireland can take advantage of that. The big question for him is what kind of Wales team turns up on Friday night.
We’ve seen a tale of two halves against Italy in the Six Nations so far with Wales, an excellent performance against England and a poor display against Scotland. Wales according to D’Arcy are the kind of team that can turns things around quickly.
“Wales are in a struggle, but in the same breath if they turned around and won a grand slam next year, you wouldn’t be surprised,” D’Arcy said.
“You get this with Wales, they can be up and down. The big question now is which Wales team turns up on Friday night, how fragile are they and can Ireland underpin that.
“This is a game of who blinks first, who can create opportunities and who can take them, delivering on skills.
“What I would like to see is maybe Ireland putting so much pressure on Wales that they go back to type, that they go back to that carrying type of rugby, to try and beat you up around the corner, and take penalties through Leigh Halfpenny.
“Because I think Ireland will be able to deal with that, and starve people like Liam Williams and Tipuric of the ball.
“If these guys get on the ball and get on the front foot, and Moriarty gets into the game, that may get them back into the game.
“But there is a bit of fragility there and Ireland have to try to expose that.”
What kind of Welsh team do you think will show up tonight?