Gibbs under scrutiny for Wales

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Andrew Gibbs is among the Welsh hopefuls who go into this morning's match against Australia B under the Ballymore floodlights. With just two minor games to come before the Second Test on 22 June, the Wallaby B team provide the final potent opposition.

"Test places are still up for grabs," the Newbridge flanker said. "It is going to be like another international. We have got three matches to really get our game going."

Gibbs, the No 8 Emyr Lewis, lock Paul Arnold and the stand-off Arwel Thomas are perhaps the ones most likely to be under the selectors' microscope.

The coach, Kevin Bowring, is demanding a tightening up of the Welsh defence around the fringes. "The Australians are hitting close from first phase, slamming stuff, and we have to physically deal with that or we will be in trouble," he said.

With just one Welsh win from four games, however, the odds are that Australia B will carry just too much firepower.

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