Wales homing in on England
Gethin Jenkins admits Wales will need to "step up" their game against England.
Last Updated: 10/02/09 9:36am
Wales prop Gethin Jenkins admits the defending champions will need to "step up" their game against England.
The Cardiff Blues star figured for more than an hour in Edinburgh as Wales got their RBS Six Nations campaign up and running with a 26-13 win.
But Jenkins believes England - 36-11 winners over Italy - will provide a much sterner test than the Scots.
"We started to get on top in the scrum against Scotland, but it's going to be a step up on Saturday," said Jenkins.
"They have got a quality front row and Julian White to come on as well. We know it's going to be a big challenge and they are one of the best scrimmaging teams around.
"You never take England lightly. They were a bit scrappy against Italy but they still managed to score five tries.
"Wales-England games are never far from being close games so it will be hard to keep our momentum going."
Wales have doubts over captain Ryan Jones (calf), Gavin Henson (calf) and Shane Williams (twisted ankle), but still go into Saturday's Millennium Stadium encounter as favourites - a position Jenkins is sure his team can cope with.
"Being favourites is a different pressure to have," he added. "The expectation in Wales has risen so much because we are playing so well. We have got to use that pressure and turn it into confidence on the field.
"As long as the boys have recovered we will be mentally prepared for it.
"We were still a bit off it against Scotland. Defensively, we weren't as good as we were last year. We will have to step that up a few notches.
"We are always looking to improve. At the breakdown we weren't as clinical as we could have been and there are a few other things we need to work on.
"But when they all come together we will be putting a really good performance in."
Warren Gatland is set to announce the team on Thursday to give his injured trio as much time as possible to prove their fitness.