'Don't blame Cuthbert' says Wales star Dan Lydiate

By Twm Owen in Football

Injured Wales star Dan Lydiate has said much-maligned wing Alex Cuthbert shouldn’t be blamed for Wales’last gasp defeat to England.

The Ospreys flanker, who hasn’t played since injuring a ligament, the ACL, in Wales’ victory over South Africa in November, said other errors had also cost Wales the ferocious Six Nations clash.

But the forward, from Abbeycwmhir in Radnorshire admitted the tussle that was settled 21-16 in England’s favour when wing Elliot Daly raced past his Welsh counterpart Cuthbert just minutes from full time was entertaining.

Speaking at the opening of Brecon Leisure Centre’s new gym Lydiate told guest: "For the neutral I think it’s been the best game of the Six Nations so far but it was a very disappointing result.

"Alex Cuthbert has had a slagging off in the press about his positioning but leading up that if Jonathan Davies had got the ball of the field it could have been completely different."

Cuthbert, who has faced fierce criticism from fans and pundits over his form before and after the England game, failed to make a last ditch tackle when England counter attacked after collecting a downfield kick from Davies.

Lydiate said high level sport is often decided by "small margins" and admitted: "That is the game that everyone wants to win when you play England but we’ve got a big game coming up against Scotland."

Four years ago Lydiate featured in all three British Lions test on tour in Australia but said he doesn’t expect to recover from his injury until June or July.

That will almost certainly rule him out of the Lions tour and Lydiate said he was looking forward to a full pre-season training with the Ospreys.