Six Nations: Wales ready to build on Ireland says Gethin Jenkins

Gethin Jenkins
Jenkins has won 83 Wales caps and played for the Lions five times

RBS Six Nations: Wales v Scotland

Venue:
Millennium Stadium
Date:
12 February
Kick-off:
1500 GMT
Coverage:
Live on BBC TV, radio and online

Gethin Jenkins believes Wales will take a positive frame of mind into Sunday's Six Nations match with Scotland.

In the past, says Jenkins, Wales have reacted well to losses but they are now intent on learning from victories.

Wales were delighted with their last-gasp 23-21 win in Ireland but conceded it was far from a perfect display.

"Sometimes you react to a loss but we have to build on last week and keep building in this tournament," said the fit-again loose-head prop.

Wales' win against the Irish on Sunday was their first success in four matches since beating the same opponents in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in October.

The victory came at a cost, though, after Bradley Davies was suspended for the rest of the Six Nations for his tip tackle on Donnacha Ryan, while Sam Warburton and Alex Cuthbert added to an already lengthy injury list.

Wales remain favourites to beat the Scots, who went down tryless to England last Saturday, and Jenkins feels the players are ready to push on.

"Even though it was a close game [against Ireland last week], and won in the last minute, I thought we played well," insisted Jenkins.

"We work hard in training and look forward to the weekend. We want to reap the rewards and there is no worse feeling than coming off the field having lost.

"Ryan [Jones] hasn't played for a while, Rhys [Gill] came in, Ian Evans came in and I thought they all stood up to the plate.

"It was a big game for us and I thought we played well as a unit considering that we had only come together for two weeks.

"We are obviously short in the second front row and Brad knows it [the tip tackle] was a bit of a silly error to make. We have got to deal with that.

"We have got Lou [Reed] in the background or Ryan to come in the second row. We have injuries before and we have dealt with it."

Jenkins looks set to figure against Ireland after recovering earlier than expected from a knee injury he picked up playing for the Blues in the Heineken Cup against Racing Metro in January.

"I was a bit shocked after Racing," he said. "The injury was bad timing but in the back of my mind it could have been a lot worse, so [I'm] just happy the rehab has gone well and I've got in to contention for this weekend.

"Originally it was going to be four or five weeks but it has reacted pretty well."

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