Forget Slam-busting, keeping the title is our goal, Dan Biggar
FORGET about just Slam-busting, Wales are going all out for the Six Nations title, according to fly-half Dan Biggar.
Unlike in 1999, when Neil Jenkins’ conversion of Scott Gibbs’ late try secured victory, tomorrow’s clash at the Millen-nium Stadium is not about party-pooping.
Wales have enjoyed three of their own Grand Slams since that day at Wembley and are a team with greater ambition than simply raining on another’s parade.
And their target tomorrow evening is not to simply win or draw – they want a seven-point success that would ensure the Six Nations trophy stays in Cardiff.
“It wouldn’t mean a lot to me if we won but didn’t take the title,” said fly-half Dan Biggar. “It’s great to win, obviously, but rugby is all about lifting trophies.
“If we don’t get our hands on the trophy tomorrow it’ll be a huge disappointment. It would mean more to us to win the title than to stop England winning the Grand Slam.
“The bottom line is there’s not going to be much between the sides. We know that, England know that.
“We’re well aware then what we have to do – win by seven – but I think it’s important we take care of winning the game first and then see where we are, perhaps around the 60-minute mark.
“We still have a lot to play for, but in my opinion the pressure is more on England.
“They are coming for a Grand Slam and it will be a big test for them.
“It’ll be a big test for us as well, but they have everything to lose and we have everything to gain.
“Hopefully, come 7pm tomorrow, it’ll be our hands on the trophy.”
To that end there has been no mention of Australia at Wales’ Vale of Glamorgan headquarters this week.
This weekend is the last big chance to give the British and Irish Lions selectors a nudge and tour manager Andy Irvine said places were up for grabs in the Six Nations finale.
“We had a meeting when it was made clear to us that the only thing that matters this week is Wales v England,” said Biggar.
“Should you perform well in the game, others things will look after themselves. I’m certainly not thinking along those lines.
“I’m happy and privileged to be in the position I’m in, playing in a great team in a great game on Saturday. Anything else is a bonus.”