Henry demands perfection
February 29, 2000
Wales coach Graham Henry has told his team they will have to produce a perfect performance to get the better of England at Twickenham for the first time since 1988.
Henry, whose team take on England on Saturday, said "a 10 out of 10" effort will give them a chance of beating a rejuvenated England in the Six Nations contest.
The New Zealander named his squad for the match yesterday, but substitute Geraint Lewis of Pontypridd aggravated a hamstring injury in training today and is doubtful.
Speaking at the team's training base in the Vale of Glamorgan, the coach added: "To beat England at Twickenham we are going to have to play superbly. It's going to be a huge contest".
He acknowledged England are playing "exceptionally well" at the moment and are very motivated.
"I think they are trying to develop a game that will be competitive world-wide," he said.
"They have become more dimensional and are using the ball and playing at pace".
Henry knows too that Wales will be facing a team keen to make up for last year's last-gasp defeat at Wembley.
"They must have been absolutely gutted last year, and rightly so. They will still have the scars, and I am sure in this game that will be part of the motivation," he said.
Henry plans to make a decision about Lewis' fitness after tomorrow's final training session. The team travel to London on Thursday.