Roberts fears ‘gutting’ finale
Published 15/03/2009 | 23:17
Wales centre Jamie Roberts is determined to prevent an "absolutely gutting" scenario unfolding at the Millennium Stadium next Saturday.
But the odds are stacked against Wales making a successful RBS 6 Nations title defence following their miserably unconvincing Italian job.
Wales' Six Nations campaign was almost reduced to ruins at Stadio Flaminio, retrieved only by a late Tom Shanklin try which gave them a 20-15 victory against the tournament whipping boys.
Silverware is still a possibility for Roberts (pictured) and company, although they will now need to achieve it the hard way.
A minimum 13-point victory is the tall order they face against Grand Slam-chasing Ireland next weekend - punishment for producing their poorest Six Nations performance of Warren Gatland's coaching reign, even allowing for the nine changes he made.
A win of any description would clinch the Triple Crown - and deny Ireland a clean sweep but Wales will need to deliver a much-improved display.
"We do not want to see the Irish taking the trophy around the Millennium Stadium pitch," said Cardiff Blues star Roberts. "That would be absolutely gutting."