Justin Tipuric ready for back-row battle in Six Nations decider in Cardiff
Last Updated: 16/03/13 4:54pm
Justin Tipuric: Braced for back-row battle
Justin Tipuric is relishing what promises to be a bruising back-row battle in the Six Nations title decider with England on Saturday.
Recent Six Nations history between the countries shows that England have won only two of the last six meetings, although six previous Millennium Stadium encounters in the competition have been shared 3-3.
This time England are going for the Grand Slam and Wales are hoping to retain their title by winning by eight points or more - seven if they maintain their current try-count advantage.
Tipuric will play at openside, with Sam Warburton moving across to the blindside to replace the injured Ryan Jones and Toby Faletau is at No 8 in a reshuffled back-row.
"We are looking forward to it and working as a back row. If we can work as a three, rather than individuals, we should do well."
England's back-row of Tom Croft, Chris Robshaw and Tom Wood will provide them with a ferocious test of Tipuric - the smallest of the six - says his technique will have to be spot on.
"I am not the biggest, so I have to tackle low otherwise I get run over. It's back in school stuff where you have got to take the legs," Tipuric said.
"The big advantage of that is then being able to get someone on the ball. As a back-rower that's all you want, to get people down to the ground early and try to get people like Sam and Toby (Faletau) on the ball.
"We are looking forward to it and working as a back row. If we can work as a three, rather than individuals, we should do well.
"We are just concentrating on our job and trying to win the game, that's the biggest thing.
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"It is about making sure the scoreboard is ticking over. You can't go straight out there and try to get a massive lead in 10 minutes - it's not possible.
"It is motivation whenever you play England, you want to win the game. Obviously, being at home as well, and trying to stop them from getting the Grand Slam is a major motivation.
"But it is not going to be easy. They are coming down having not lost a game all championship."
Tipuric says Wales are not reading too much into England's laboured victory over Italy last week.
"Italy are a tough team and it just showed how good our result was over in Rome against them," he said.
"People don't understand how hard it is to beat an Italian side these days. They are so physical and so hungry for wanting that big win.
"This weekend is more excitement that anything, just being in the Millennium Stadium with a big atmosphere, and for it to be the last game and having a chance to win the title is something extra."