The first major victory of Wayne Pivac’s reign as Wales head coach was tempered by suffering a series of injury problems which have left him “counting the walking wounded”. Yet victory came at a cost and the New Zealander looks to have lost a host of players ahead of next week’s clash with Scotland after Dan Lydiate suffered a serious knee issue, Tomos Williams injured a hamstring and Johnny Williams and Hallam Amos were forced off for head injury assessments.
“We have picked up a few injuries so we’re looking at those now,” Pivac said. “We’ll make a better assessment on Monday. We’re sort of counting the walking wounded after that one. A six-day turnaround means certain players won’t be playing for us, two with the head knocks [Williams and Amos]. Six-day turnaround means any head knocks, you’re gone.”
“Unfortunately, we lose a couple of players straight away. We’re going to get [Lydiate] scanned but it’s not looking too good. It could be an ACL but we’ll get that scanned for a definite result on that, but certainly very disappointing for Dan.” he added. “Tomos Williams – we’re hoping that’s not a serious hamstring, but it won’t turn around in six days, I wouldn’t have thought.”
“We’re looking at it as this competition, not the amount of wins and losses since taking over the role,” Pivac said. “This was day one, round one. [It’s] very important we got a win, so we’re very, very happy to have done that and now we’ve got to re-focus as we’ve got a six-day turnaround and a very, very confident and very strong Scotland squad to go and play in their backyard.”