Wales centre Jamie Roberts believes that the race for this year’s RBS Six Nations championship is wide open after his side’s 16-16 draw against defending champions Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.
And although the prospect of another record-breaking third consecutive post-Rugby World Cup Grand Slam no longer plausible for the Welsh side, the 29-year-old believes that his side are still competing with their rivals after overturning a 13-point deficit to rescue a draw.
Speaking after the result on Sunday, Roberts said (BBC):
The championship is wide open and if we win the next four games, we will be in with a shout.
We won the championship in 2013 after losing the first game and we all remember what happened last year on that last Saturday after teams lost a game as well.
And the Harlequins centre believes that Scotland will recover from their opening defeat to England and their Six Nations rivals have left an impression on him following their impressive performances during the recent Rugby World Cup:
(Coach) Vern Cotter has brought them on leaps and bounds, there are some quality players and they are going to cause us a huge threat.
Roberts and Co. will next face Scotland at the Principality Stadium on Saturday with France shortly following after on February 26.