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Wales will be “pointing the finger” at England prop Joe Marler during Saturday’s Six Nations decider at Twickenham if he is scrummaging illegally.

The angle at which Harlequins loosehead Marler packs down at the scrum was a big talking point during the World Cup in the autumn.

Wales felt he got away with dubious tactics in the memorable group clash between the two countries and that they were unfairly penalised on occasions.


They maintain he was “found out” in England’s next match against Australia when he was pinged for his angle of scrummaging and the hosts were well beaten.

So they will be quick to point out any skullduggery to South African referee Craig Joubert during this weekend’s huge championship encounter.

“He definitely needs to scrummage legally otherwise we will be pointing the finger,” said forwards coach Robin McBryde.

“He got found out against Australia.

“There was a big focus on the loosehead’s angle going into the World Cup and that was highlighted to us with regards to Gethin (Jenkins) and Paul (James) and it’s something we focused on a lot.

“So it was very disappointing, especially in that England game, where we fell on the wrong side of decisions given against us and we felt the problem lay elsewhere.”