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Wales face judgment time against Fiji forwards

Wales forwards coach Jonathan Humphreys says their set-piece faces “judgment time” against Fiji in the World Cup opener in Bordeaux on Monday.

The scrum and lineout struggled during the three warm-up matches but Humphreys insists Wales will be ready.

“We have been working for 16 weeks towards a goal, which is this game,” Humphreys told BBC Sport.

“We’ve tried lots of combinations and different things, but we are well aware this is the judgement time for us.”

Humphreys has outlined what he wants his forwards to represent.

“We want them to be relentless, that’s what we have trained to be and accurate in terms of everything you do on and off the field.”

“We don’t shout a lot about what’s going on. We’re pretty confident in our ability and what we can achieve. It’s about going out there and doing it, that’s the point we’re at right now.”

“We’re in a good spot; the boys have worked incredibly hard to be here.”

“Even with all the warm-up games, it has always been in our minds of the coaching staff about where we need to get to.

“Everybody is a bit on edge but in a good way. It’s been a long time getting here.”

Humphreys admits Fiji have changed the narrative surrounding the set-piece after improving an area that previously has been considered a weakness.

“I think Fiji have performed really well.”

“They have had five or six warm-up games. The set-piece is strength of theirs at the moment.”

“We are aware of what’s coming, we know hopefully what they are about, and we have prepared for it.”

Humphreys witnessed Fiji first-hand after watching them defeat England at Twickenham in their final World Cup warm-up match.

“I was really impressed with Fiji,” said Humphreys.

“They went behind early, came back at them, and they’ve got some incredibly powerful runners who are tough to stop.”

“Physically they’re in incredible shape and they’re going to be a tough challenge for us.”

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports | news@fijilive.com

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