Wales prop Wyn Jones is prepared for a French scrum that will “hit and chase and cheat” when the countries meet in Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations clash.
Jones has not held back in his assessment as France target a first Six Nations win on Welsh soil since 2010. Asked about the French pack, 24 times-capped Scarlets loosehead Jones said: “They’ll be a big pack, but probably ill-disciplined with that, especially at scrum time.
“We know they will hit and chase and cheat. That’s something we are fully aware of and something we have got to combat on the day. They will look to push early, they will look to mess about at scrum time. That’s something we’ve looked at. We will just concentrate on ourselves.”
Asked for his general view on scrums, Jones added: “In any aspect of the game, all you want is consistency, and maybe some calls are frustrating, but you’ve just got to play what’s in front of you. The scrum is constantly evolving. I think we’re all on the same page – that’s the main thing.
“We just keep evolving our scrum. We show positive pictures. That’s the kind of scrum we want. We want to be positive, a ‘no cheating’ mentality.”
(Continue reading below…)
Wayne Pivac and Alun Wyn Jones reflect on the loss to Ireland
Wales are looking to bounce back from a 24-14 round two defeat in Dublin where they feel their scrum was incorrectly penalised. Assistant coach and forwards specialist Jonathan Humphreys said: “For us, it’s a massive work in progress. We want to scrummage a certain way, paint really good pictures.
“The consistency of that has been good, but when you are dealing with tightheads who are angling across scrums, it creates problems. It creates instability. Someone like (Tadhg) Furlong (Ireland prop) is going to come right across the scrum from left to right. The laws are clear. They are very clear that you must push straight. That’s what it says.
“If people were forced to push square, you would have a pushing contest, which everybody wants. Hopefully, the referees will get harder and harder on this. I reckon, with that, you get more stability and more of a contest.”
France are riding a wave of optimism after an unbeaten start to the Guinness Six Nations… with Wales next to test their resolve, @OwainJTJones digs deep in the first part of a two-part series into the reasons behind Les Bleus' renaissancehttps://t.co/FIFhLNV8cK
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) February 18, 2020
Wales prop Dillon Lewis was penalised at a key attacking scrum in Dublin and Humphreys added: “There comes that inconsistency for us. It’s clearly obvious that Tadhg Furlong has hammered across the scrum.
“It’s created instability from left to right, but we’ve got to deal with that. We dealt with it for most of the game, but the one scrum we had to deal with that, we didn’t and that’s our fault.”
Wing Adams, who has scored 10 tries in his last eight Tests, and talisman fly-half Biggar both went off during the defeat to Ireland, but they are on course to be named in head coach Wayne Pivac’s starting line-up when it is announced on Thursday.
– Press Association
WATCH: The Rugby Pod looks ahead to the round three games in the Guinness Six Nations
Sign up to our mailing list for a weekly digest from the wide world of rugby.Sign Up Now