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Keira Bevan reveals Wales TikTok Six Nations target on ‘The Nick & Mo Show’

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Keira Bevan revealed on this week’s ‘The Nick & Mo Show’ that Wales have reset their 2022 TikTok Six Nations target after an opening victory against Ireland in Round 1.

Wales travelled to the RDS Arena in Dublin as underdogs to take on Ireland but claimed a shock 27-19 win to start their campaign in style.

Speaking to Nick Heath and Mo Hunt last night, Bevan said their ambitions for the Championship have grown following their Round 1 victory.

“Saying it now, third is probably ambitious but after that weekend we can really believe we could potentially finish third,” she said.

“Scotland are going to come down and they’re probably going to be hurting from their result against England, but we have belief as a squad that we’re at home, we can really put a performance in and really take it to Scotland.

“We’ve got two tough games following that with England and France but Italy then come to Cardiff. Hopefully we can beat Italy which we haven’t been able to do in the past.”

Unsurprisingly Bevan, 24, also admitted that the squad were buzzing after their first victory of this year’s TikTok Six Nations.

Bevan said: “We always had belief that we could win that game and we went in at half-time, and everyone was bouncing. We always had belief as our squad and the bench came out and they were class when they came on, so very, very happy.

“We knew what we had to do, we had a very clear picture and message going into the weekend of how we wanted to play the game and where we thought we could punish Ireland. It was just about sticking to the process and trusting it. That was very pleasing for us that we were able to see it out.

“There’s been some pictures the last couple of hours. Some of the girl’s faces, I didn’t know so many people cried to be honest. I didn’t even know I was one of them!

“There was a lot of emotion post-game and I think there was a lot of relief as well. I wish we hadn’t left it to the 73rd minute but sometimes that’s what it takes to grind out a win. I’m just so glad we were able to get over the line away from home.

“We’ve got a lot of girls who haven’t played in the TikTok Six Nations before and to go away to Ireland – which isn’t an easy place to go – and get a win in the first game of the tournament is really, really special. It’s just great for us as a squad to tick that one off I think.”

Elsewhere, Hunt reflected on her time at the DAM Health Stadium, where she supported England as a water carrier during their 57-5 victory over Scotland.

England ran out comfortable winners despite a few handling errors and mistakes early on – though Hunt is not too concerned by some of those errors.

She said: “I think it was definitely quite hot, it took its toll just getting used to those combinations. The girls haven’t been together, haven’t played together for a long time.

“Everyone’s looking to build during this tournament and that’s what the TikTok Six Nations is all about. Yes, it was a bit disappointing with some things but overall we were very content with that performance, especially the England girls.

“Marlie Packer going out for her 80th and putting in a Player Of The Match performance, it’s class. The whole day was brilliant, the sun was shining, the crowds were in and it was just amazing.

“Emma Sing, I’ve got to mention her as well. First cap, Gloucester-Hartpury teammate, just amazing to see people on both sides of the spectrum as well getting that attention.”

Hunt also praised Scotland star Jade Konkel, who made her 50th international appearance on Saturday, as well as Meryl Smith, who came off the bench for her debut.

“I’ll touch on Jade Konkel, first of all. Just amazing for her to be at home, record crowd, and to get the recognition she deserves because she’s a very well-liked player but she’s also unbelievable. She’s been a standout for Scotland across those 50 caps so for her to get that, just a massive hat-tip there. And Meryl Smith as well looked lively when she came on, an Edinburgh Uni student. It was great to see her running onto the pitch.”