Captain Tommy Reffell says Wales have to learn their lessons from defeat by England as they look to get back to winning ways in the Under-20s Six Nations.
After a big win over Scotland in the opening fixture, Wales lost 37-12 to England in Round 2 with Leicester Tigers flanker Reffell leading the team in his first year in the age-group.
“England came with a gameplan, they were really powerful, they did their homework and really took the game to us and we didn’t match it,” said Reffell who made his senior debut for Tigers in the Anglo-Welsh Cup earlier this season.
Wales led in the opening stages of the game after scoring the first try of the evening before England took a strong grip on the match.
“We always talk about a quick start and then when we did score perhaps we stepped off the gas a bit and they got on top,” Reffell said. “It is about learning from that, staying calm, not panicking and sticking to your game. They are things to learn.
“After the game you can’t dwell on it too long, you start to look at the next game, you get back into training and we have Ireland at Donnybrook next which is another tough game.
It’s all about coming together as a side.”
Reffell leads Wales again on Friday in Dublin after having the unique experience of lining up opposite club colleague and housemate Ben White as the scrum-half was given the England captaincy for the Round 2 clash.
He says it is a “major honour” for him to captain Wales after performing a similar role with the Under-18s last season.
“I was taken to one side and asked if I wanted to do it, then the coach announced it to the squad,” he said. “It is a great honour for me.
“The main goal for me was just to get on the team. So to then be named captain is such a major honour.”