Six Nations: Sam Warburton says Wales will get title bid back on track

Last Updated: 14/02/14 4:38pm

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Sam Warburton on the back foot against Ireland

Sam Warburton on the back foot against Ireland

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Sam Warburton says Wales are determined to banish the memory of their Dublin horror show when they face France next weekend.

Wales were hammered 26-3 by Ireland last week, with the forwards in particular out-scrapped by their Irish counterparts.

France - who like Ireland have won their opening two matches - are next up for Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Victory is a must for Wales if they want to stay in the title race and become the first team to win the Six Nations three times in a row.

"The players are desperate to show everyone the Wales they know," said Warburton, who will play for Cardiff Blues this weekend as he tries to gain match fitness after playing just one game in 10 weeks.

"The result was a massive disappointment with a lot of uncharacteristic errors.

"From a structural point of view as forwards we have to take responsibility. We simply didn't replicate what we had done in training during the game, and that is disappointing.

"It was frustrating. We weren't urgent enough and our ball-retention wasn't good enough, but the things that went wrong can all be put right and we are working hard to do so in the build-up to France.

Eager

"Individually and collectively we are all eager to put it right. It's not like we have finished the campaign. We have a chance to put it right.

"Individually and collectively we are all eager to put it right. It's not like we have finished the campaign. We have a chance to put it right."
Sam Warburton

"We have won 10 out of our last 12 Six Nations games, and we need to remember that.

"We are used to meeting up at the start of the week in a positive mood, so this week has been a little different.

"We took a day to look back and reflect. Now, the focus is on putting it right, and we have got that opportunity in front of our home crowd to put in a performance and get the result against France.

"In hindsight, it's similar to the England game last year (Wales won by a record 30-3 scoreline). What happened to us (in Dublin) is similar to what happened to them that day.

"In the match against England we were on the money and they weren't, and that was the case against Ireland. Everything went right for them."

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