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Rhys Webb keeps quiet over Lions chances

Rhys Webb has side-stepped British and Irish Lions selection speculation after outplaying a major rival for the Test scrum-half spot in New Zealand this summer.

Webb's performance in Wales' 22-9 RBS 6 Nations victory over Ireland had Lions quality stamped all over it.

Ireland number nine Conor Murray was left in his slipstream as Webb created a brilliant opening try for wing George North, then continued firing on all cylinders to underline blistering current form.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland could not fail to have been impressed by the Ospreys scrum-half, with the squad selection announcement less than six weeks away.

"My main focus is on France next week, and whatever happens, happens," Webb said. "I am just enjoying myself.

"I know what it is like to miss out on big tournaments - I missed out on the World Cup in 2015 (through injury) - so I just take each game as it comes, and the more I do that, the more I enjoy my rugby.

"I have got every confidence in my own ability. I know what I can do. I am feeling good. I am feeling fit."

Wales' biggest win against Ireland for 34 years came after a collective display that proved poles apart from events at Murrayfield two weeks previously, when Scotland scored 20 unanswered second half points and effectively ended the Six Nations title hopes of Webb and company.

But a strong finale in France next week - Wales have toppled Les Bleus on four Six Nations occasions at Stade de France - should secure a top-three finish.

"We know as individuals that we are good players and we believe in ourselves, and to produce a performance like that - three tries to zero - against a strong, quality Ireland team is not bad is it?" Webb added.

"We go to France now, who are one of the best attacking teams in the Six Nations, and we need to prepare well and finish strong.

"We knew as a collective that we were only fine margins away - little off-loads, discipline - those sort of things.

"We believe in ourselves and we go out there to win. We definitely owed the fans a win, and the support was unbelievable."

Two North tries and a late Jamie Roberts touchdown underpinned arguably Wales' best performance since last summer's first Test in New Zealand after a number of their leading players hit top form.

Centre Jonathan Davies, another strong Lions candidate, was among them, and he said: "It was an unbelievable Test match. To come through at the end, it was a huge result for us.

"We scored three tries and kept Ireland out from scoring a try. They scored five tries against New Zealand (last November) and are one of the best attacking teams in world rugby, and we kept them to a blank score.

"Keeping a very potent attacking team to not scoring a try was huge to getting the victory.

"France are improving hugely. We know the threat they pose next week, and for us it's making sure we come in on Monday, ready to perform.

"People are welcome to their opinions, but for us, it's about believing in ourselves. Alun Wyn (Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones) always says 'what do we want to be remembered for?' and I thought the performance showed that.

"The buzz around the camp had been positive all week."

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