Gareth Davies is confident Wales have the firepower to win with a bonus point against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.
Gareth Davies says Wales are confident they can secure a bonus-point win against Ireland on Saturday after the return of some of their key players.
Warren Gatland named British and Irish Lions Liam Williams, Leigh Halfpenny and Dan Biggar back in his starting line-up earlier this week after all three sat out Wales’ 12-6 loss to England on February 10.
“It is the first time in a while we have had a lot of boys back,” Davies said. “It is good to have such a big squad to select from. It is a headache for the coaches I am sure but is a good thing for us.
“We have some big names coming back into the squad so hopefully they can add a bit of experience.
“It is a massive game we are looking forward to.”
Wales go into Saturday’s game in third place in the table on six points, three points behind leaders Ireland, who sit above England with a superior scoring difference.
Gatland has labelled the match a “must-win” if his side are to keep their championship hopes alive and Davies is confident Wales can upset the Irish on home soil.
“Each point is very important with this new scoring system,” Davies said. “We came away with a losing bonus point against England last weekend so hopefully when it comes down to the final weekend of the Six Nations that could be crucial for us.
“We are targeting a bonus-point win this weekend against Ireland so hopefully we can score some tries and come away with a good win.
“With players we have got I think we are more than capable of doing that.”
If Wales are to win in Dublin, they will have to limit the influence of British and Irish Lions Test half-back pairing of Conor Murray and Jonny Sexton.
Davies said Gatland has a plan in place to curtail Ireland’s two key playmakers.
“We know plenty about them. A lot of the boys were with them for the Lions during the summer so it is going to be a tough challenge for myself and Bigs but it is one we are looking forward to,” Davies said.
“We have spoken a lot this week about their half-backs. Hopefully we can pressurise them a bit and try to get on top of them.”