Roberts: Wales need balance

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Last Updated: 10/02/11 6:21pm

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Roberts: keen to see more of the ball

Roberts: keen to see more of the ball

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Jamie Roberts has warned Wales cannot afford to adopt a "gung-ho approach" against Scotland in the RBS Six Nations at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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"We can't afford to take a gung-ho approach and chuck the ball around."
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The last six championship meetings between the two countries have harvested a total of 283 points and 28 tries.

And, given that Wales have gone eight games without a win, desperation for an overdue victory could easily result in them throwing caution to the wind.

"Balance is key this weekend," said centre Roberts. "We can't afford to take a gung-ho approach and chuck the ball around.

Memories

"When we won 26-13 at Murrayfield two years ago, it was one of the most clinical performances we've seen from this Wales team, I think.

"We were outstanding for the first 50-60 minutes. It was one of those games where we worked very hard off the ball, and it paid dividends for us.

"We carried strongly and put them to the sword, and that's what we need to do again this Saturday."

Roberts, man-of-the-match on that occasion, returned to international rugby against England last week after missing Wales' four previous Tests - but he touched the ball just five times.

Wales coach Warren Gatland has publicly stated the need for his midfield powerhouse to become more involved this weekend - and also for other players to utilise Roberts' world-class skills.

"I am not a massive believer in statistics after a game," said the Cardiff Blues star.

"But, having touched the ball just five times, you have to ask the question why?

"Some of that is down to me looking for the ball more, but a lot of it was down to the game.

Responsibility

"It was just one of those matches where you don't get involved. Sometimes you have them. I haven't really experienced that at international level before, but it has happened at regional level.

"I don't think it was the case that I played poorly. It's a balance between carrying the ball and playing a role in the team and maybe keeping the width.

"I found myself on the wing quite a bit in phase play, holding the width for the team.

"Sometimes you are dealt that responsibility in a match. You are playing your role in the team by doing that and allowing someone else to have the ball in their hands, but I will certainly be looking to get my hands on the ball more.

"It's important I am maybe a bit more selfish in my approach and just get the ball in my hands and boss it a bit more. That's the way I need to be, I think."

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