Six Nations: George North says Wales' performance at Twickenham 'lacked accuracy'

Last Updated: 10/03/14 5:24pm

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George North: Wales wing on the charge at Twickenham

George North: Wales wing on the charge at Twickenham

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George North admits Wales' defeat to England at Twickenham on Sunday was "massively frustrating."

Wales' bid to become the first team to win three consecutive titles ended with a 29-18 defeat to Stuart Lancaster's men.

In two matches against Ireland and England, Wales conceded 55 points and failed to score a try, despite their glittering array of talent and firepower in the back line.

They finish their campaign against Scotland next weekend, and they then have a tough schedule ahead of the World Cup next year. They have two Tests in South Africa this summer, then the autumn sees matches with the Springboks, New Zealand and Australia.

"It has been massively frustrating," Northampton wing North said. "We should be focusing on performing week in, week out, but we have been up and down.

"In one sense it is good to get it out of the way ahead of a big year next year. We have just got to make sure we are consistently playing well, and hopefully we can go out all guns blazing against Scotland.

"We have a short turnaround now. We have to regroup and focus on finishing well against Scotland. I don't think we weren't there emotionally, emotions were good. We have just got to step up straightaway.

"We came for the win, and it is bitterly disappointing that we didn't. We had chances, but accuracy let us down."


North blew a fantastic chance to score a try when he kicked, rather than passing to an unmarked Dan Lydiate.

"As an individual, you learn you have to take your chances. I have learned a lot recently, but when it comes to crucial times you have got to step up and make that pass or off-load," he said.

"It is one of those where you have to look at yourself this week and show character and look to push on and finish well, instead of feeling sorry for yourself and licking your wounds.

"We knew England were the team to beat - the form team - and they showed why. They showed a good variation in their game."

Wales coach Warren Gatland will announce his line-up on Thursday for the Scotland clash. There will be at least one change, with Leigh Halfpenny out for the season after dislocating his shoulder halting Luther Burrell's attempt to score a second try.

Liam Williams is favourite to replace him at full-back.

"It is unfortunate for Leigh," North said. "He is world-class, and if it wasn't for his boot we would have been in a very different place.

"He puts his heart and soul into the game. He put his shoulder in there to stop the try, there was a big collision and he wiped himself out.

"Hopefully, God-speed with his recovery, but we will have to move around and chop and change for Saturday.

"We need a bit more variation in certain aspects, using our forwards to build a platform to play off instead of manufacturing something that is not necessarily there.

"From our point of view, it is a hard lesson, but a lesson we have to learn to move forward."

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