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Scarlets believe Jonathan Davies has shown he is ready for England

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 02, 2014

By Robert Lloyd

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Jonathan Davies played 65 minutes for the Scarlets against Munster

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SCARLETS backs coach Mark Jones believes Jonathan Davies has proven he is ready for Wales’s date with England at Twickenham following the centre’s display in the Scarlets 18-13 win over Munster.

The British Lion played 65 minutes of a breathless encounter at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday evening – his first appearance for a month and only his second since tearing a pectoral muscle against South Africa back in November.

“His performance was pretty good considering the length of time he has been out and his lack of rugby,” said Jones.

“He is a perfectionist so he will never be happy with his performance.

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“But he has shown he is fit and with his first carry of the game that he has not lost any of that line-breaking ability.

“He will give Wales a boost when he returns back for duty on Monday.

“Thankfully, I don’t have to make the decision because it will be a difficult decision to make, but whatever backline Wales put out next weekend it will be a good one.

“George (North) did a good job, particularly in attack against France, and Liam (Williams) was good on the wing.

“Having Jon Davies come back into the equation is not a bad thing and I am sure they will field a good side regardless.”

Reflecting on the Scarlets’ impressive victory over Munster, which prevented the Irish province completing an unprecedented clean sweep of wins over the Welsh regions, Jones added: “We were pleased with our performances in two different halves for two different reasons.

“We played some great stuff in the first half and created some great opportunities to score.

“But we lacked a ruthless edge in the first-half when potentially we could have been two or three scores up.

“On the flip side, we then defended heroically in the second-half.

“Our set-piece held up under some defensive drives and our phase defence was particularly good.

“The week’s preparations set us up for a very physical match and we certainly got one.

“It is no mean feat to win against a top-quality Munster side who showed they have been able to hold their nerve at the death in previous fixtures.”

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