It may not have been easy seeing for Wales fans this weekend.
A Lack lustre win over Italy was followed with their Six Nations competitions that were next England dismantling France.
As the resurgent England is hosted by the side of Warren Gatland in Cardiff, the Welsh nation today wills fulfill with trepidation and delight in equal measures.
The unbeaten 2 Six Nations sides prepare for that Principality Stadium show down on 23 February in what could be the defining fixture of the tournament.
Jones has already labelled Gatland’s side and said that the Principality Stadium isn’t a fortress.
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England are the dominant side of this tournament and also the performances that weekend could not have been more contrasting.
A Wales side limped into an unconvincing win over Italy, while England forged France to check out up their opening victory.
Gatland confessed if Wales reproduced their performance against Italy they’d be bothered by England.
You might think there could have already been a few joy in Rome on Saturday evening among the group after 2018/19’s class became Wales’ joint side that is most successful.
Statistically at least an 11th straight Evaluation win equalled their 1907-1910 legends’ exploits and this is what Jones referred to.
But a horizontal atmosphere is afterwards that emulated their performance in the field against Italy.
The side revealed 10 changes from the team that beat France. It didn’t work regardless of the outcome.
Probably the most you can state is Wales have 2 wins in front from the Principality Stadium atmosphere of the trip Jones’ England chariots.
Just as Wales sealed the win all roads from Rome led back to Cardiff. Conquer England and the occasion at the Stadio Olimpico is now a distant memory.
The decoration for the players will be to etch their names in Welsh history novels with a 12th successive win by beating their rivals that are fierce and propel the nation towards Six Nations glory.
The magnitude of the occasion isn’t lost on Gatland.
“After you are on the run such as this you do not want it to proceed,” said the Wales coach.
“I think every one ahead of the beginning of the tournament believed that the decider could return to the last game with Ireland but currently there are two of us still in the opportunity of a Grand Slam and the Triple Crown too.
“So there will be no shortage of motivation. It’s going to soon be electric within the Principality Stadium, also it provides a chance to beat home and also the great thing is we now have two weeks “
Wales’ record against England isn’t good. They will have not defeated England in the Six Nations since the victory in 2013 and the visitors have won the previous two tournament matches in Cardiff.
The recent success was that the memorable World Cup pool victory in 2015 and the 4 games he has coached England against Wales have been won by Jones.
After an indifferent 2018, the red-rose machine is more flourishing once again using a couple of bonus point victories based on a combination of power, sublime and poise tactical game.
Rome and Paris, Wales could have won in contrast but also have no where near reached gear.
So England is going to probably be firm favourites.
“The England performance against Ireland has been the most effective I’ve seen in the England team in the past five decades,” said Gatland.
“Tactically these certainly were out standing. By not playing and we can have and consequently everybody will start talking up England we have probably helped ourselves only a bit.
“Occasionally that is easier to simply help motivate yourself in case that does happen.”
Chopping and Changing
In those victories in Rome and Paris, Gatland has used 3 1 players using the World Cup in Japan after this season in mind.
You’d expect his side against England to mirror the team which beat France.
The concerning thing is that the doubt of the halfbacks that are starting. The decision of that wears 10 and nine against England of gatland will probably be the selection talking point during the next few days.
Scrum half Gareth Davies has come off the seat on both times while Rhys Webb continues in exile in France for today.
A number 10 disagreement is also loved by welsh Rugby and there is yet another furious until Gatland unveils his side.
While Biggar failed to spark the Wales backline in Rome anscombe fought to dominate the game within the rain that was French.
Many believed that the 10s started the erroneous matches with Biggar more accustomed to thriving from the pouring rain and Anscombe more suited to unlocking the Italian defence.
The decision about who conveys the jersey of gatland will dictate the way he plans to tame England.
What Gatland doesn’t have is that the true luxury of persistence in selection following his experimentation.
“On reflection the number of changes we’ve made, we failed to possess that persistence that we would have had if we’d retained a number of the very exact players from the French game,” said Gatland.
“When I had it over again you may question if it had been the right thing to do but we have done that, got the win. I will attempt to look at that as being a positive.
“Hindsight is a superb thing. For people to get wins and 2 away 2 successes is definitely an out standing beginning. Matters come within our own hands, with two large home games ahead .”