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Scott Williams: Fear of Shaun Edwards' analysis motivates Wales squad further

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There is only a minuscule chance of Wales being left embarrassed by World Cup minnows Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday.

But Wales centre Scott Williams has also revealed a deep desire to avoid red faces at the post-match debrief when defence coach Shaun Edwards starts dissecting the Pool A encounter.

"We will know if we have made some errors on Monday morning," Williams said.

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"Shaun isn't scared of embarrassing anyone, which is good because it keeps you on your toes.

"We have a defence review and a team review. There are a couple of comments on each player, on how we've played, and if he has got a couple of video clips to show, he will.

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"I think everyone has been on the wall of shame. We are only human.

"I think everyone has been on it at some point, some more than others, because no-one is the perfect player. Shaun wants to improve us, and his way of helping us is by embarrassing us!

"It's on the TV (screen), so you can't rub it out.

"You don't want to be the one up on the board on Monday morning for a defensive error, or you are going to have Shaun on your back for sure.

"We have to keep our concentration for the full 80 minutes (against Uruguay), keep our line-speed up and our discipline in defence. It's the little things that make a difference."

Williams looks set to be an integral player for Wales during the World Cup campaign, with his midfield partnership alongside Jamie Roberts pivotal in their quest for victories in crunch Pool A games against England and Australia.

The Uruguay opener is effectively a points-accumulating exercise - one that could conceivably see Wales break their World Cup record win of 81-7 against Namibia in New Plymouth four years ago - which is a harsh fact of life when 5,000-1 rank outsiders tackle tournament heavyweights.

"The most important thing is we put a performance in that gives us something to build on. We haven't spoken about any points score," Williams added.

"We have to make sure we are on our game to get the performance we want. We have just got to make sure we do the basics well and keep the errors down.

"I am looking forward to the competition starting. It's exciting. Time has flown by, and I think we are all ready to go now.

"Hopefully, all the work we have done will pay off over the next few weeks."

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