The disastrous Wales training session that unfolded 48 hours before heroic Scotland performance

Wales’ victory over Scotland appeared to be the perfect end to the perfect week for Wayne Pivac’s side.

Hammered by pundits after the Dublin horror show, Written off ahead of the visit of Scotland, Wales were backed into a corner and you sensed that would be a driving force behind their preparations.

It enabled them to develop a siege mentality and it culminated in a gritty 20-17 victory over Scotland, making a mockery of fears that a Six Nations wooden spoon could be looming.

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But in the aftermath, it arose preparations hadn’t gone particularly smoothly.

In fact, just 48 hours before kick off, a disastrous training session unfolded as captain Dan Biggar explained.

“We swapped the schedule around a little bit this week, trained Thursday morning and had Thursday afternoon off,” he said.

“But the session didn’t go properly to plan on Thursday morning. It wasn’t our finest hour!”

Head coach Wayne Pivac interjected: “You’re leaking it all out now, Dan!”

Before the fly-half finished: “I said to the boys [after the match] we’ve maybe managed to get another afternoon off if we keep performing on Saturday.”

More light has now been shed on the build-up and the training session in question by replacement No.10 Callum Sheedy.

The Bristol pivot was appearing on the BBC 5 Live podcast when he was asked by Ugo Monye, ​​one of the show’s hosts, to elaborate.

Monye, ​​perhaps embellishing a little, said: “I spoke to Tom Shanklin and he’d heard from players in camp that there was one absolutely terrible session, where players just downed tools, had walked off the park, is that what you’re referring to? What happened?”

Sheedy, a little sheepish, began: “I don’t know how much I can say!

“It wasn’t a great session, there were balls down, there was a bit of edge, a bit of needle.

Wayne Pivac looks on as Wales prepare on the Thursday before facing Scotland

Owen Watkin and Nick Tompkins in discussion before facing Scotland

“But we spoke at the end of the session and it’s not always bad when sessions are like that. You don’t want a perfect session on the Thursday because then you’re looking for things to nit pick.

“We made a lot of errors. It wasn’t because of role clarity or anything like that, we were just inaccurate but we trusted we’d get it right for Saturday.

“We knew we’d come good but it was a pretty tense day.”

Sheedy also revealed there was an edge to preparations that he had never experienced before.

Until now, his Test career had been relatively straightforward and, by his own admission, he’d never been part of a heavy defeat.

That made things a little bit spicy in training.

“Biggs is a brilliant leader and he spoke all week about the hurt of what was last Saturday. Going to Dublin and being humiliated like we were was a horrible feeling,” he said.

“We knew we needed to unleash a bit of a backlash.

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“I’ll be honest, it was a pretty edgy week. There was a lot of edge in training, a lot of needle. Coming off a big loss, there is a just that bit of edge in training.

“It’s quite tasty. There was a bit of edge that I probably haven’t seen from us because I haven’t been part of us being hammered like we were last week.

“It was interesting to see. Our training week was far from perfect, we had plenty of work-ons there. We were just confident we were going to pull it out of the bag on Saturday.”

As the old adage goes, you don’t win a test match on Thursday.


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