Sam Warburton has praised Ioan Lloyd as “phenomenal” in Wales devastating 26-27 loss to Scotland.
Despite going 0-20 down in the first half alone, Wales fought back valiantly in the second half to push Gregor Townsend’s team to the absolute limit, in what could have been arguably the greatest comeback in Six Nations history.
Lloyd has been impressing in a poor Scarlets side this season since signing from Bristol Bears, so much so that he received a call-up to the national team just a few weeks ago. Adding to his two caps, Lloyd came onto the field to replace Sam Costelow on 36 minutes, with the fly-half failing his head injury assessment. Get the latest rugby news sent straight to your inbox for free with our daily newsletter.
Warburton was part of the match day coverage for the BBC, and had plenty of praise for the up-and-coming 10: “Ioan Lloyd in that second half I thought was brilliant at number 10. Attacking kicks, folding around and flashing to create an extra number, his distribution. Very creative. He’s had a lot of game at full-back as well and now he’s been moved into 10.
Warburton went on to commend one “phenomenal” kick to touch by Lloyd, which propelled Wales into a firm attacking position during their period of momentum in the second period.
The legendary flanker also applauded Lloyd’s fine work in the Rio Dyer try, where he quickly switched from the right side of the ruck to the left, making himself a decoy runner leaving Scotland outnumbered on the wing.
The former British and Irish Lions captain went on to explain that many players could have saved their Test careers purely on that second half performance: “That weeds out people who are mentally weak in that Welsh team if they didn’t front up in the second half.
“If Wales lost by 40/50 points there could have been a lot of players there who could have been into the international abyss for a few years and not had another call-up. But, they did redeem themselves, poor first half but many of them did redeem themselves in the second half.”
Wales face England at Twickenham next Saturday, February 10th.
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