Josh Adams believes Wales can build on their performance following their win over England, as the Rugby World Cup in Japan fast-approaches.
The Cardiff Blues wing has started each of Wales’ last seven matches, and played a crucial role for Warren Gatland’s side as they bounced back from last week’s loss to defeat their Six Nations rivals at Principality Stadium.
According to Adams, the difference came in the way Wales started the fiesty encounter, and he was proud of his side’s attitude throughout the clash at the Welsh capital.
“Probably in the first 20 minutes, we started a bit better, and I think we came out of the blocks firing,” said the wing.
“We got a try mid-way through the first half, which took us into the second half with a 10-point lead.
“The whole energy of the group was a lot better, and I think you could tell in the final 10 minutes how much we wanted to hold on for the win.
“England kept the pressure on for the majority of the second half and we were on the back foot for a lot of that period.
“We probably didn’t get the field position and territory that we were hoping for, but credit to the defence because there was a ‘never say die’ attitude and we dug in until the very last minute.
“We have another two tough Tests against Ireland, who are a fantastic team as well, and we need to build on what we did on Saturday and take that into those games and take that forward into Japan.”
Adams has been a shining light on the international stage over the past 12 months, and will make the move to Cardiff Blues from Worcester Warriors, where he scored 39 tries in 65 appearances for the Gallagher Premiership side.
The speedster also played a part in the only try of the game on Saturday, as he was on-the-ball to pluck out Dan Biggar’s crossfield kick, which opened up space for George North to cross the whitewash.
Adams added: “You always have to stay alive for those opportunities, and luckily I spotted that opening.
“Fair play to Biggs [Dan Biggar] for the awesome kick again and there was excellent support from Foxy [Jonathan Davies] and another excellent kick again from Biggs to put George [North] over.
“It’s about capitalising on the opportunities you get.”