Six Nations 2017: Ross Moriarty hails England performance as best ever

Ross Moriarty
Ross Moriarty was replaced by Taulupe Faletau in the second half of their defeat by England

Wales forward Ross Moriarty says his performance in their 21-16 Six Nations defeat by England was the best game he has ever played.

The Gloucester back-row was retained at number eight for Saturday's match against Scotland after a fine display in the loss to England on 11 February.

British and Irish Lion Taulupe Faletau remain on the bench for the trip.

"If I play as well as I know I can, I will give coaches less reason to not let me be in the team," Moriarty said.

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"[The England game] was probably the best I have ever felt in a Test match, and the best game I have played. It's confidence, and things going my way."

Interim Wales coach Rob Howley expects the experienced Faletau to react to the pressure of missing out on a starting place and said Moriarty deserved to start against Scotland.

Moriarty will join Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric in the Wales back-row at Murrayfield, where they will chase a 10th successive victory in the fixture, with an unbeaten run stretching back to 2007.

"I think it [Wales' winning run v Scotland] puts more pressure on us, because if you lose it then we will look a lot worse than anyone else," he said.

"We don't want to be the team that falls short. Hopefully, we will be bringing our best game. We have trained hard for it this week.

After putting some powerful tackles in during a largely dominant display against England, former England U20 Moriarty says he enjoyed playing against some of his former teammates.

"Even when you are playing for your local team, you put a big hit in and all your mates go a bit crazy. It's always a good laugh," he said.

"That's the way I felt against England. Obviously, a lot more of my friends were behind me, and to have people enjoying what I was doing always feels good.

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