Following Wales’ 38-21 defeat in Paris, Wayne Pivac spoke to the media to give injury updates and his thoughts on a tough day at the office.
Samson Lee going through HIA protocols
Wayne Pivac confirmed that the prop failed his HIA and will now need to follow the necessary head injury protocols to determine if he’ll be fit for Scotland in Llanelli.
France value for money
“Thoroughly deserved result and they capitalised on our errors of which there were too many of this week,” said Pivac.
Le Roux red card?
A swinging forearm seemingly struck Alun Wyn Jones in the first half, but wasn’t picked up by the officials or the TMO, but Pivac was short and sweet on the incident.
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“I haven’t seen the incident myself, and no doubt if the officials see anything it’ll be dealt with.”
Dan Biggar update
Biggar seemingly injured his shin early doors when chasing down a French kick. Despite receiving treatment on the spot and limping back on he remained on the field well into the second half, missing several kicks as he went.
Despite the early signs appearing negative, Pivac wasn’t too downbeat on the chances of his fitness matching up for their next test match.
“They’re feeling sore,” was all he said on the squad and Biggar.
Dupont the French wizard
French scrum half Antoine Dupont was the conductor of destruction today for his country as he sank Wales’ battleship, often single-handedly.
The nippy 23-year-old is up their with the best according to the Wales Head Coach.
“He’s world class and a very good player.”
Wayne Pivac pleased for debutants
Sam Parry and Louis Rees-Zammit both came off the bench for their Welsh debuts, and both did enough to impress the coaching regime.
“[We’re] very pleased to get those boys out there. Sam had a good chunk of time and Louis has tasted the test arena.”
What needs to improve?
“You can see we were very rusty. It was a big step up from what they’ve had in recent months. We left a few tries out there and must be more clinical.”
It’s this lack of clinical edge that could hurt them when they take on Scotland.
“Scotland looked very good. Hopefully we’ll bring a lot more pressure than Georgia. We’ll look at ourselves. They’ll be tough and we’ll need to play a lot better than we did tonight.”
Liam Williams in selection mix
Liam Williams was one of two players to be sent back to their regions for more game time this weekend, but Pivac insists he could well be in the mix for a squad place vs Scotland.
“We’ll review Liam’s performance and check on any bumps and make a section call next week.”
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