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Rees warns Wales over discipline

Wales captain Matthew Rees has laid down the law about his team's poor discipline that is threatening to undermine their RBS 6 Nations campaign.

Successive away wins against Scotland and Italy have revived Wales' title aspirations following an opening weekend loss at home to Grand Slam-chasing England. But with Ireland looming on Saturday week, followed by France in Paris seven days later, Rees knows Wales have got to tighten things up.

"The biggest thing for us at the moment is discipline," said Rees. "It has been an issue, especially during the last two games. We are keeping teams in the game, where we should be blowing them away."

He added: "Poor discipline has killed us. It's heat-of-the-moment stuff, and we've spoken about it this week. It is costing us, and it has got to stop.

"We are getting into good field positions and then giving teams easy 'outs' by conceding a penalty. It is taking our field position away and means we cannot turn pressure into points.

"We have given some cheap penalties away, and the better teams in the world are going to punish you. We've had to address that.

"It is frustrating for us, because our biggest challenge at the moment is ourselves.

"Whoever starts at 10 for Ireland against us next week, they are great kickers. Three points here and three points there, you can't afford it, especially at Test match level."

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