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Gareth Davies backs Wales wing George North to kick on

Published 14/02/2016

Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies has hailed the try-scoring prowess of wing George North
Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies has hailed the try-scoring prowess of wing George North

Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies wants George North to kick on after the juggernaut Northampton wing ended a barren Test match run in blistering fashion.

North's first try in six internationals - a sparkling solo effort 11 minutes from time - saw off Scotland and kept Wales firmly among this season's RBS 6 Nations title contenders.

And Davies, who had earlier claimed his sixth touchdown in the last seven appearances for Wales, hailed North's contribution to a hard-earned 27-23 victory.

North has now posted 24 tries from 57 Wales appearances - only Shane Williams, Gareth Thomas and Ieuan Evans are above him on the all-time Welsh list - but Saturday's score proved a first since before the 2015 World Cup.

"It's great to have him back and finishing off like that," Davies said. "It's fantastic.

"It was a fantastic finish, to be fair to him. Hopefully he can keep scoring like that for the rest of the season.

"Hopefully, now he's got this one, he will keep scoring tries. He has been playing really well."

While North announced his arrival on the international stage during the 2010-2011 season by scoring six tries during his first eight Tests, Davies has proved even more prolific as Wales' starting number nine.

Since making a first Wales start against Uruguay during the World Cup earlier this season, the 25-year-old has only failed to score against Australia and Ireland, but five other countries - including England, Fiji, South Africa and now Scotland - could not keep him out.

"It is a nice habit," Davies added, after a breakaway seventh-minute score showcased his searing pace and eye for a gap in the opposition defence.

"It was great work by Biggs (Dan Biggar) putting that kick in, and Jamie (Roberts) was quick in the air as well. I just finished it off."

There was a suspicion of Davies being offside before he grasped possession, but he said: "At the time, I remember it coming off Scottish hands, so I knew that it was fine. I always thought I would get there, and I just wanted to finish it off."

While Davies currently holds the Wales scrum-half spot, former first choice Rhys Webb was due to begin his comeback from injury this weekend in the Ospreys' Guinness PRO12 encounter against Munster.

Webb had occupied pole position heading into the World Cup, but a serious foot injury suffered during Wales' final warm-up fixture against Italy last September cruelly sidelined him.

"I spoke to Rhys in the week, actually, and I think it's great to have him back fit," Davies said.

"Whether he comes straight back into the squad, I am not too sure, but it will be great to have him back. We have some fantastic nines in the squad, which keeps us all on our toes and us all on the top of our game.

"I am enjoying Test rugby. It's great. It is a lot different to regional rugby - a different level - and the more games I play, the more I can improve."

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