Injury-hit Wales eye hosts' scalp

LONDON • After watching Wales labouring to beat minnows Uruguay, coach Warren Gatland hopes his injury-hit team can express themselves against England this weekend.

Wales racked up eight tries in a 54-9 victory but at times struggled against the largely amateur South American team.

England kicked off their rugby World Cup campaign with a 35-11 victory over Fiji - who play Australia tomorrow - and Gatland admitted that one eye had always been on the English game during the build-up.

"We spent a bit of time looking at England and thinking about England, we had to do that with the short turnaround," the Kiwi coach said. "We were definitely a bit rusty today and England looked a bit rusty as well.

"I don't think either team will take much from the two performances but we both know how important Saturday's match is."

Gatland rested six first-team regulars but there were six injuries and Cory Allen, scorer of three tries, suffered a hamstring tear which is likely to end his World Cup.

Wales skipper Sam Warburton said: "England at Twickenham is going to be one of the most, if not the most high-profile match we have played in.

"I can't wait, it's going to be an amazing occasion."



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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2015, with the headline 'Injury-hit Wales eye hosts' scalp'. Print Edition | Subscribe