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Welsh rue their luck but vow to throw everything at Ireland

England 12-6 Wales

By Andrew Baldock

Aaron Shingler has vowed that Wales will "throw everything" at Ireland in a fortnight's time when they aim to keep alive their NatWest Six Nations title hopes.

Victory is now essential at the Aviva Stadium for Shingler and company following a 12-6 Twickenham defeat to reigning champions England.

It could have been a different story had television match official Glenn Newman not controversially ruled out Wales back Gareth Anscombe's first half try after he appeared to edge a touchdown race ahead of England wing Anthony Watson.

But Wales were left to reflect on what might have been as England ultimately reeled off a 15th successive Six Nations home win.

"We have got to be positive, don't we?" Wales flanker Shingler said. "We are still in it.

"They (Ireland) are a good team and it will be a tough challenge at home.

"We will throw everything at them and play the style we have been playing. Hopefully, we get the win."

Wales kept England scoreless for an hour after wing Jonny May scored two early tries, but penalties from Anscombe and fly-half Rhys Patchell were the only dents they made on their opponents' 12-point advantage.

"Obviously, we came here for a win and didn't get that, so we are disappointed," Shingler added.

"We had small opportunities that we didn't take. Credit to them, really, they had more territory and possession than us, so that's the way it went.

"I felt we needed a bit of magic from someone. We have the players to do it. But that is the way it goes."

Another powerful Shingler performance underlined how superbly he has taken his opportunity this season in a Wales back-row currently shorn of injured British and Irish Lions Sam Warburton, Taulupe Faletau and Dan Lydiate.

Having been out of the international picture between 2014 and 2017, Shingler has transferred blistering form for European Champions Cup quarter-finalists the Scarlets into Test match rugby and forged an impressive back-row trio alongside Josh Navidi and Ross Moriarty.

"The opportunity has come our way, and we are making the most of it," he said.

"It is a competitive position and there are boys to come back in. We will see what the next games bring.

"I had not played (Test rugby) for three years. Now, I have had a run of games and I am a bit more comfortable and confident. Hopefully, I can make the most of my opportunity.

"My mindset is one bad game, and that could be the end of my international career."

Shingler added: "I have got that in my mind when I go into games. I make sure I put everything on the line and hold nothing back."

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